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Performer: Callum Thorpe

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LeedsTosca

Puccini: Tosca
Joana Carneiro; Edward Dick; Opera North; Tom Scutt; Fotini Dimou; Lee Curran; Giselle Allen

LeedsThe Cunning Little Vixen

Janáček: The Cunning Little Vixen
Garry Walker; David Pountney; Opera North; Maria Bjornson; Nick Chelton; Elin Pritchard

SalfordTosca

Puccini: Tosca
Joana Carneiro; Edward Dick; Opera North; Tom Scutt; Fotini Dimou; Lee Curran; Giselle Allen
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DublinMaria Stuarda

Donizetti: Maria Stuarda
Fergus Sheil; Tom Creed; Irish National Opera; Katie Davenport; Sinead McKenna; Irish National Opera Orchestra
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Mixed success for Irish National Opera's Maria Stuarda

Tara Erraught stars as the eponymous heroine with Anna Devin as her nemesis Elizabeth I in Donizetti's Maria Stuarda, but Tom Creed's modern update fails to convince at the Gaiety Theatre, Dublin. 
***11
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La Resurrezione brings London Handel Festival to an uplifting close

On Easter Monday, this year's London Handel Festival came to a close with Handel's youthful oratorio La Resurrezione in the suitably Baroque setting of London's St Martin-in-the-Fields.
****1
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Femi Elufowoju's contemporary take on Rigoletto for Opera North

Femi Elufowju's new staging of Verdi's classic is innovative, provocative and closely connected with the modern world.
*****
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Strong cast lifts constrained staging in Glyndebourne's Fidelio

A vast panopticon cages strong musical performances in Wake-Walker's Fidelio at Glyndebourne, with Dorothea Herbert and Adam Smith standing out vocally and emotionally as Leonore and Florestan.
***11
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Koležnik's casino Falstaff redeemed by a powerful ending in Munich

The Bayerische Staatsoper's new production of Falstaff makes the mistake of turning a comedy into a slapstick, but the fine ensemble have the last say as they stand in silence and defiance to face the empty auditorium.
***11
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The Dutch premiere of A Village Romeo and Juliet

Gorgeous playing under Sir Mark Elder wasn’t enough to mask the lack of theatrical drive in the scrupulously cast Dutch premiere of Delius’ most successful opera.
***11
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