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Performer: Christophe Dumaux

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LondonA Baroque Odyssey: 40 years of Les Arts Florissants

Handel, Purcell, Charpentier, Rameau, Lully
Les Arts Florissants; William Christie; Paul Agnew; Sandrine Piau; Lea Desandre; Christophe Dumaux

AmsterdamStradella's oratorio San Giovanni Battista

© Francesco Squeglia
Stradella: San Giovanni Battista
Václav Luks; Giulia Semenzato; Lucile Richardot; Christophe Dumaux; Krystian Adam

DrottningholmAriodante

Handel: Ariodante
Ian Page; Nicola Raab; Drottningholms Slottsteater; Linus Fellbom; Gesine Völlm; Ann Hallenberg; Roberta Mameli

MilanGiulio Cesare in Egitto, (Julius Caesar in Egypt) HWV 17New Production

Handel: Giulio Cesare in Egitto, (Julius Caesar in Egypt) HWV 17
Giovanni Antonini; Robert Carsen; Teatro alla Scala; Gideon Davey; Bejun Mehta; Cecilia Bartoli

ParisOdyssée baroque

Charpentier, Handel, Lully, Purcell, Rameau
Les Arts Florissants; William Christie; Paul Agnew; Sandrine Piau; Lea Desandre; Christophe Dumaux
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Caldara's La Morte d’Abel rediscovered at Salzburg Whitsun festival

Soloists, Gianluca Capuano and Il canto di Orfeo © Marco Borrelli

A great performance of a nearly-forgotten 18th-century oratorio in Salzburg celebrates the castrati’s “Heavenly Voices”, the theme of the Whitsun festival.

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Christophe Dumaux Gala at Handel Festival, Göttingen

Christophe Dumaux © Alciro Theodoro da Silva

Countertenor Christophe Dumaux completely dazzles with a recital of a well-chosen range of Handel arias in Göttingen's Gala concert in the 2019 Handel festival

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Endless pleasure: Zurich revives Robert Carsen’s classic Semele

Cecilia Bartoli (Semele) © Suzanne Schwiertz (2006/7)
Cecilia Bartoli once again takes Zurich by storm under the guiding hand of Maestro William Christie for a wonderful evening of Handelian fun.
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Carry on Cleo: Joélle Harvey triumphs at Glyndebourne

Sarah Connolly (Giulio Cesare) and Joélle Harvey (Cleopatra) © Bill Cooper
Interviewed at the time of this production's first outing, McVicar declared that “Entertainment is not a dirty word”. His Giulio Cesare remains a hugely entertaining opera production.
****1
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Starry performance can’t lift Caldara’s Planets to the skies

Andrea Marcon © Marco Borggreve
Accomplished performances from the cast and La Cetra Baroque Orchestra can’t fully compensate the shortcomings of Caldara’s Harmony of the Planets.
***11
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