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Performer: Bejun Mehta

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LondonHandel: Tamerlano

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Handel: Tamerlano
Harry Bicket; Bejun Mehta; Michael Spyres; Avery Amereau; Jakub Józef Orliński

AmsterdamBejun Mehta sings Beethoven's An die ferne Geliebte

© Marco Borggreve
Mozart, Beethoven, Haydn, Britten, Mahler
Bejun Mehta; Jonathan Ware
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Rodelinda hits all the marks at Dutch National Opera

Katarina Bradić (Eduige) and Lucy Crowe (Rodelinda) © Monika Rittershaus | DNO 2020
A veritable Baroque bonanza featuring a top-tier cast and orchestra in an emotionally incisive and handsomely crafted production.
*****
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Handel at La Scala, and it's a sensation

Danielle de Niese (Cleopatra) © Brescia & Amisano | Teatro alla Scala
Carsen's modern mise en scène of Handel's opera did not stand out for originality, but for finesse and elegance and that was substantially appreciated by the audience.
****1
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Written on Skin: A modern operatic classic makes Berlin debut

Georgia Jarman © Adam Janisch
With a semi-staged production, directed by Benjamin Davis, the Mahler Chamber Orchestra has also been bringing George Benjamin's opera to concert hall audiences.
****1
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Domingo returns to La Scala in Tamerlano

Plácido Domingo (Bajazet) © Marco Brescia & Rudy Amisano | Teatro alla Scala
Director Davide Livermore updates the plot to the period of the Russian Revolution, October 1917, a far echo of that turning point in 1403 when the Ottoman sultan Bajazet was defeated by the Tartar Timburlaine.
*****
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Spyres and Crowe take the vocal honours at Covent Garden's Mitridate

Michael Spyres (Mitridate) © ROH | Bill Cooper
A strange evening: superb Mozart playing from Rousset, plenty of fine singing, staging and costumes that one certainly isn’t going to forget. But what’s the point of it all?

The French Connection with the Boston Symphony

Andris Nelsons © Marco Borggreve
Andris Nelsons' program pays homage to two touchstones of the French repertory with the Boston Symphony: Henri Rabaud and Pierre Monteux.
****1
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