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Strong singing as The Met revives Massenet’s Manon

Laurent Pelly’s darkly stylish production of Manon is revived with a strong cast of singers. In the title role, Lisette Oropesa demonstrated elegant and incisive singing, while Michael Fabiano was her virile and powerful partner.
***11
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Don Carlo at Grange Park Opera: gripping and powerfully sung

Verdi's most political of operas brilliantly highlights the juxtaposition of personal desires and political imperatives
****1
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Celine Byrne makes INO's Butterfly a memorable experience

Byrne is stunning in the title role while a strong cast of singers, orchestra, classic sets and dramatic acting make this a thoroughly enjoyable performance. 
*****
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Bolcom's Dinner at Eight served up at Wexford

Dinner at Eight, William Bolcom and librettist Mark Campbell's 2017 opera, had its European première at Wexford Festival Opera on Saturday under conductor David Agler. The opera is based on the 1932 play by George S Kaufman and Edna Ferber, in turn adapted into a movie by George Cukor (1933).
***11
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A rapturous Tristan und Isolde in Paris

At the basic level Tristan und Isolde is an opera of hormones, not happenings; fathoms deeper it explores human experience at a point where sense is dumb and flesh retires – as close to heaven and hell as it’s possible to go without first having to die.
****1
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Rough Pearl: Seattle Opera’s Pearl Fishers nearly hits the mark

Uneven musical values mar Seattle Opera's colourful production of Bizet's Les pêcheurs de perles.
***11
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