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Performer: Bruno Ravella

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Jolly hockey sticks! Orliński rules as Rinaldo at Glyndebourne

Robert Carsen's riotous production of Rinaldo returns to the Sussex Downs, a schoolboy fantasy colliding crusading knights with St Trinian's bad girls. 
****1
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Songs of innocence and experience: Falstaff at Garsington

Bruno Ravella's fast-paced Falstaff for Garsington still has crucial space for pathos amid the comedy, with a notably subtle central performance from Henry Waddington.  
****1
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Getting to the heart of Don Alfonso

In Nicholas Hytner's chocolate box production, lovingly revived by Bruno Ravella for Glyndebourne's tour, Alfonso is the most charismatic character on the stage.
****1
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So foul and fair a day: Verdi's Macbeth at Iford

Iford's stone cloister makes a suitably eerie setting for a fine traditional account of Verdi's Macbeth, notable for its powerful male leads, from Iford Festival Opera and the CHROMA Ensemble.
****1
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Tragic tears of a clown: Cav and Pag at Hampstead Garden Opera

Benjie del Rosario ignites a thrilling Pagliacci, while Cavalleria rusticana is potentially as good but marred by intelligibility and balance issues.
****1
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McVicar’s inspiring Faust triumphs in Adelaide

Bruno Ravella’s revival of David McVicar’s production of Faust, doing the rounds of Australia’s major opera companies, is currently inspiring Adelaidians with masterful performances by State Opera of South Australia.
****1
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