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Performer: Brian Bannatyne-Scott

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NorthamptonBeethoven Missa solemnis

Beethoven: Mass in D Major "Missa solemnis”, Op.123
Lee Dunleavy; Northampton Bach choir; Susanna Fairbairn; Christopher Steele; Brian Bannatyne-Scott
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A delightful wildlife soirée at the Edinburgh Fringe

© John Busby

Mezzo Joan Busby, bass Brian Bannatyne-Scott with pianist Walter Blair and reader Joshua Manning in a delightful wildlife soirée at the Edinburgh Fringe.

***11
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Clown court: Offenbach's Fantasio at Garsington

Hanna Hipp (Fantasio) © Clive Barda

The UK stage debut of Offenbach’s neglected Fantasio reveals a musical sizzler, but directorially it needs a more sympathetic touch than Garsington musters.

***11
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An immaculately executed Bartered Bride at Garsington

Maypole dancing © Clive Barda
Natalya Romaniw is a natural as our maligned heroine: Paul Curran creates staging of bewildering comic complexity and pulls it off with panache.
****1
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“Or not to be”: Hamlet revived for Glyndebourne’s tour

David Butt Philip (Hamlet) © Richard Hubert Smith
A restless score, a stylish modern setting and gripping central performances from David Butt Philip (trading Laertes at the festival for the title role here) and Jennifer France (Ophelia) do much to commend this new work
***11
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Light and shade: Pelléas et Mélisande at Wormsley

Andrea Carroll (Mélisande) and Jonathan McGovern (Pelléas) © Clive Barda
Debussy’s opera of half-lights succeeds in taming the glare of the midsummer sun in Garsington’s new staging.
****1
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