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Performer: Brindley Sherratt

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ZürichPelléas et Mélisande

© Toni Suter & Tanja Dorendorf
Debussy: Pelléas et Mélisande
Alain Altinoglu; Dmitri Tcherniakov; Zurich Opera; Gleb Filshtinsky; Corinne Winters; Jacques Imbrailo
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Beethoven's Fidelio as fervent prayer in Leeds

Opera North performed a semi-staged and shortened Fidelio with a committed group of soloists, chorus and orchestra led by Mark Wiggelsworth.  With a pared Orchestra, the opera came across as a hymn of hope.
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Technology to the rescue in Zurich's new staging of Boris Godunov

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

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

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

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

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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