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Christopher Ainslie

© Denis Jouglet
© Denis Jouglet
© Denis Jouglet

Baroque Inquisition: Christopher Ainslie

Christopher Ainslie faces our Baroque Inquisition as we find out more about the rise of the countertenor. 
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AlresfordAgrippina

Anna Bonitatibus (Agrippina) © Robert Workman
Handel: Agrippina
Robert Howarth; Walter Sutcliffe; The Grange Festival; Jon Bausor; Anna Bonitatibus; Raffaele Pè; Stefanie True

LyonRodelinda, regina de' LangobardiNew production

Handel: Rodelinda, regina de' Langobardi
Stefano Montanari; Claus Guth; Opéra de Lyon; Christian Schmidt; Sabina Puértolas; Lawrence Zazzo
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Agrippina triumphs at The Grange Festival

Anna Bonitatibus (Agrippina) © Robert Workman
A resounding success at its 1709 première, Handel’s Agrippina gripped the ear and dazzled the eye at the Grange Festival in a hugely entertaining and powerful performance.
*****
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Hot ice and strange snow

Joshua Bloom (Bottom) and Soraya Mafi (Tytania) © Robert Workman
In Siberian conditions more akin to The Winter's Tale, a revival of Robert Carsen's season setting of Britten's A Midsummer Night's Dream offered a warm glow at the Coliseum.
****1
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Static but worth the slog: ETO's Giulio Cesare

Christopher Ainslie (Giulio Cesare) and Soraya Mafi (Cleopatra) © Richard Hubert Smith
Conway's decision to render Handel's epic in its entirety was let down by a static staging and unnecessary repeats that masked the hidden gem-like arias.
***11
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All that glitters: Garsington's Semele

Heidi Stober (Semele) © Johan Persson
On a golden afternoon on the Wormsley estate, not everything on stage necessarily glittered, but there’s plenty of spirit in Annilese Miskimmon's production to entertain.
***11
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Cummings leads a light and fluent Messiah in DC

Laurence Cummings © Anton Säckl
Salvation sweetness and light in DC's annual Messiah.
***11
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