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Twilight draws on LA Phil’s look back at Weimar Germany

Esa-Pekka Salonen © Clive Barda
The Los Angeles Philharmonic under Salonen look back at the dwindling twilight years of the Weimar Republic. 
****1
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Purves' Mephisto dominates La Damnation de Faust at Glyndebourne

Julie Boulliane (Marguerite), Allan Clayton (Faust) and actors © Richard Hubert Smith
Christopher Purves bosses the show as Méphistophélès; Richard Jones' production is intelligent and carefully thought through but ultimately unconvincing.
***11
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A florid perversity: Barrie Kosky fires up Die Gezeichneten in Zurich

John Daszak Alviano) © Monika Rittershaus
Barrie Kosky’s production of Franz Schreker’s Die Gezeichneten (The Branded) is in keeping with what was long considered one of the early 20th century’s most scandalous works. 
****1
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Glyndebourne's baffling Pélleas et Mélisande at the Proms

Christina Gansch (Mélisande) and John Chest (Pelléas) © BBC | Chris Christodoulou
The annual transfer of a production from Glyndebourne to the Proms this year saw Herheim's baffling production of Debussy's masterpiece. 
****1
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An enigmatic Pelléas et Mélisande at Glyndebourne

John Chest (Pelléas) and Christina Gansch (Mélisande) © Richard Hubert Smith
Stefan Herheim's dreamlike production of Debussy's opera sets it squarely in the Sussex manor house that gave birth to Glyndebourne's festival. 
***11
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Luminous performances lift heavy-metal Pelléas

Jurgita Adamonytė (Mélisande) and Jacques Imbrailo (Pelléas) © Clive Barda
Stellar voices and orcheatra and some inspired staging choices elevate an otherwise heavy-handed production of Pelléas et Mélisande from the WNO at the Hong Kong Arts Festival.
****1
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