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Performer: CHROMA

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A darkly atmospheric Turn of the Screw from Bury Court Opera

Bury Court Opera's The Turn of the Screw © Robert Workman
As the Governess Alison Rose was the ideal suffering soprano, her eyes an imbroglio of psychological disturbances.
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So foul and fair a day: Verdi's Macbeth at Iford

Iford's stone cloister makes a suitably eerie setting for a fine traditional account of Verdi's Macbeth, notable for its powerful male leads, from Iford Festival Opera and the CHROMA Ensemble.
****1
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Powerful and assured: 4.48 Psychosis

Philip Venables' 4.48 Psychosis is the first musical adaptation of the eponymous play by Sarah Kane, which is the culmination of a three-year programme run jointly by the Royal Opera and Guildhall School of Music and Drama.

Sophisticated Christmas sparkle at the Royal Opera House

Philip Pullman's exotic adventure about a girl determined to follow her father's footsteps gets a gently magical outing with Sri-Lankan inspired shadow puppetry and a strong cast. 
****1
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Time to say goodbye: Moonlight /The Last Seed

Two strongly atmospheric pieces create and hold a dreamy, intensely imaginative note on which to finish Tête à Tête for 2015. 
****1
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Getting behind the mask: an intense Ballo at Iford

While it may seem perfectly formed for the full grand opera treatment, Verdi's classic Un ballo in maschera can also work extremely well on a small scale, as shown by this intimate and compelling treatment by Timothy Nelson at Iford. 
****1
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