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Performer: Christopher Alden

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TorontoThe Flying Dutchman

Wagner: Der fliegende Holländer (The Flying Dutchman)
Johannes Debus; Christopher Alden; Canadian Opera Company; Allen Moyer; Vitalij Kowaljow; Marjorie Owens

San FranciscoPartenope

Handel: Partenope
Christopher Moulds; Christopher Alden; San Francisco Opera; Andrew Lieberman; Jon Morrell; Louise Alder; Daniela Mack
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Martinů's The Greek Passion: an opera for our times

Nicky Spence (Manolios) © Tristram Kenton
At a time when the “relevance” is bandied around all too frequently in relation to opera, Martinů's really does deserve that tag. 
****1
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Last Rites: Puccini meets Stravinsky in Leeds

Vanessa Vince-Pang in The Rite of Spring © Tristram Kenton
A daring double bill from Opera North and Phoenix Dance Theatre pairs Jeanguy Saintus' new choreography for The Rite of Spring with a revival of Christopher Alden's production of Gianni Schicchi
****1
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Crisper, tighter, more relevant: Alden's Rigoletto at the COC

Roland Wood (Rigoletto) © Michael Cooper
Christopher Alden’s production of Verdi’s Rigoletto returned to Toronto tighter, more focussed and with fewer dramatic incongruities. Add to this that every aspect of the music making was top notch and it made for a fine evening at the theatre.
****1
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Partenope at ENO: pleasant enough

Sarah Tynan (Partenope) © Donald Cooper
Christopher Alden's account of Handel's love pentangle is long on Man Ray imagery and modern language wordplay, but never hits the vocal highs and eventually palls.
**111
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An intensely riveting Flying Dutchman explodes the cliches

Greer Grimsley (Dutchman) © Philip Newton
Christopher Alden's risk-taking, Expressionist-tinged production of the early Wagner breakthrough is provocative in all the right ways.
****1
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