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ZürichManon

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Massenet: Manon
Fabio Luisi; Floris Visser; Zurich Opera; Dieuweke van Reij; Alex Brok; Vannina Santoni

ZürichWerther

© Herwig Prammer
Massenet: Werther
Giedrė Šlekytė; Tatjana Gürbaca; Zurich Opera; Klaus Grünberg; Silke Willrett; Charles Castronovo; Stéphanie d'Oustrac

MadridSinfónico 11

Sinfónico 11
Beethoven: Symphony no. 9 in D minor "Choral", Op.125
Orquesta y Coro Nacionales de España; Juanjo Mena; Lucy Crowe; Cristina Faus; Christian Elsner; Audun Iversen
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Alone and in love: Christoph Loy’s compelling new Onegin in Oslo

Svetlana Aksenova (Tatyana) and Audun Iversen (Onegin) © Erik Berg
Chrisoph Loy's new Oslo production of Eugene Onegin only somewhat succeeds in its desire to create a meditation on loneliness, but superb musical performances still make it an utterly compelling piece of music theatre.
****1
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Into the abyss: a harrowing Wozzeck in Oslo

Asmik Grigorian (Marie) and Audun Iversen (Wozzeck) © Erik Berg
Christoph Loy's Oslo production of Wozzeck is a dramatic triumph, with gripping performances from a cast led by Audun Iversen's desperate title character.
*****
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Provocation as part of the package

Juan Diego Flórez (Werther) and Anna Stéphany (Charlotte) © Herwig Prammer
Juan Diego Flórez stars as Goethe’s archetypal Romantic poet in Massenet's Werther in Zurich. 
****1
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A desert full of people: Gürbaca's La traviata

Tatyana Gürbaca's new production of La traviata in Oslo may be on the heavy-handed side, but still offers fascinating new insights into Verdi's opera.
***11
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Capriccio at the Lyric slowly finds its voice

Late in the opera, in the calm that settles after a vaudeville of ballet dancers and Italian singers, Fleming’s poise pervades the Countess’s closing rumination over love and the nature of art. It’s a concert piece nestled in Capriccio’s narrative bustle, and to hear Fleming sing it is to be reminded of her talents as a communicator in music within and beyond the opera stage.
**111
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Royal Opera: Manon

Every opera poses an acting challenge to its prima donna, but Massenet’s Manon, whose 2010 production by Laurent Pelly started its first revival at Covent Garden last night, is particularly harsh on the singer of its title role. Ermonela Jaho rose to the task magnificently.
***11
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