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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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LondonA Midsummer Night's Dream

Britten: A Midsummer Night's Dream
Alexander Soddy; Robert Carsen; English National Opera; Michael Levine; Christopher Ainslie; Soraya Mafi; David Webb

AlresfordAgrippina

Handel: Agrippina
Robert Howarth; Walter Sutcliffe; The Grange Festival; Jon Bausor; Anna Bonitatibus; Raffaele Pè; Stefanie True
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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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Streamlined Bach from the Hallé and Ryan Wigglesworth

Ryan Wigglesworth © Benjamin Ealovega
Ryan Wigglesworth conducts the Hallé in works by Bach, Stravinsky and Schumann.
***11
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Biblical spectacle: a heart-stopping Saul

Saul Act I © Richard Hubert Smith
Barrie Kosky's production, revived for the tour, turns Handel’s 1739 Old Testament oratorio Saul into a gripping psychodrama. 
****1
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