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Performer: Brindley Sherratt

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LondonThe Tempest

Barbican
Adès: The Tempest
Thomas Adès; Christopher Maltman; Audrey Luna; Nicky Spence; Marta Fontanals-Simmons

MadridSinfónico 06

Sinfónico 06
Vaughan Williams, Beethoven
Orquesta Nacional de España; David Afkham; Brindley Sherratt

LeedsFidelio

Opera North
Beethoven: Fidelio
Mark Wigglesworth; Opera North; Rachel Nicholls; Toby Spence; Robert Hayward
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High WycombeConcert from Wormsley: Unmute, a musical reunion

Mozart, Beethoven, Tchaikovsky, Strauss R.
Members of the Philharmonia Orchestra; Soraya Mafi; Nardus Williams; Sam Furness; Roderick Williams
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Technology to the rescue in Zurich's new staging of Boris Godunov

Michael Volle (Boris Godunov) and Spencer Lang (Holy Fool) © Monika Rittershaus

The Zurich Opernhaus tackles the pandemic with an innovative strategy: instead of reducing the size of orchestra and chorus (as many other European opera houses) it removes them from the theatre altogether. 

Met Opera revives Le nozze di Figaro with musical style

Nadine Sierra (Susanna), Adam Plachetka (Count Almaviva) and Susanna Phillips (Countess Almaviva) © Marty Sohl | Met Opera

In its revival of the 2014 production of Mozart’s Le nozze di Figaro, the Metropolitan Opera offers a satisfying blend of comic antics, beautifully realized music, and some top-notch singing in several roles. 

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Highway to Hell: Don Giovanni returns to Covent Garden

Erwin Schrott (Don Giovanni) © ROH | Mark Douet
Kasper Holten's psychological take on the louche lothario remains controversial, but in its third revival, Erwin Schrott's powerful assumption of the title role is a delight.
***11
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Die Zauberflöte at Glyndebourne: a mixed bag of paper cut-outs

Björn Bürger (Papageno) and Sofia Fomina (Pamina) © Glyndebourne Productions Ltd. | Bill Cooper
André Barbe and Renaud Doucet's Magic Flute is ideal entertainment for a fizz-filled summer night.
***11
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Billy Budd finally drops anchor again at The Royal Opera

Jacques Imbrailo (Billy Budd) © ROH | Catherine Ashmore
After nearly two decades away from the Covent Garden stage, it was time Britten's Billy Budd came home, in a new production from Madrid by Deborah Warner. 
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Simon McBurney's Magic Flute makes a joyous return to ENO

Thomas Oliemans (Papageno) © Donald Cooper
Simon McBurney's production of The Magic Flute continues to delight and this revival benefits from a strong cast, led by the superb Lucy Crowe as Pamina.
****1
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