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Performer: Chœur de Opéra Royal de Wallonie-Liège

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Thomas: Hamlet
Guillaume Tourniaire; Cyril Teste; Opéra Royal de Wallonie-Liège; Ramy Fischler; Isabelle Deffin; Lionel Lhote; Jodie Devos
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Gregory Kunde is splendid in Liege’s new Don Carlos

Gregory Kunde (Don Carlos) © Opéra Royal de Wallonie-Liège
The Opéra Royal de Wallonie-Liège takes a risk in mounting a new, but traditional production of the more rarely heard French version of Verdi’s Don Carlos and succeeds with a great ensemble of singers. 
****1
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Under the eye of Horus: Aida in Liège

Elaine Alvarez (Aida) © Opéra Royal de Wallonie-Liège
Stefano Mazzonis di Pralafera's staging for Opéra Royal de Wallonie-Liège is stolid in direction, but Speranza Scappucci breathes life into Verdi's drama from the pit. 
***11
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Tragic dignity and pathos from José Cura's Otello

José Cura (Otello) © Lorraine Wauters | Opéra Royal de Wallonie-Liège
Cura's powerful spinto tenor impressed from his opening “Esultate!” and left no doubt as to the Moor's authority.
****1
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A Verdi pilgrimage to Liège for Jérusalem

Elaine Alvarez (Hélène) and Chorus © Lorraine Wauters | Opéra Royal de Wallonie-Liège
Stefano Mazzonis di Pralafera, artistic director at the Opéra Royal de Wallonie-Liège, presents at plucky new staging of Verdi's rarely seen Jérusalem
****1
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Downhill from Venusberg: a bland Tannhäuser

Tim Albery's 2010 production of Tannhäuser, receiving its first revival at Covent Garden, begins with a stylish opening 20 minutes, but thereafter things become rather bland. 
***11
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