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Les Huguenots
Meyerbeer: Les Huguenots
Alexander Vedernikov; David Alden; Deutsche Oper Berlin; Giles Cadle; Constance Hoffman; Erin Morley; Irene Roberts
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Musically resplendent Don Carlo in Washington

Leah Crocetto (Elisabetta) and Russell Thomas (Don Carlo) © Scott Suchman
The team of soloists, the chorus and the orchestra, under the baton of Philippe Auguin, powerfully conveyed the spectacular qualities of Verdi's Don Carlo.
****1
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Surrealist Rigoletto impresses at the Lyric

Quinn Kelsey (Rigoletto) and Matthew Polenzani (Duke of Mantua) © Todd Rosenberg
The Lyric Opera’s new production of Rigoletto evokes visually the contours and high-contrast relief of a surrealist painting. 
***11
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Rewriting Rimsky: a dismal Sadko in Ghent

Zurab Zurabishvili (Sadko) © Annemie Augustijns
Rimsky-Korsakov’s opera is rarely performed outside Russia. Sadly, I doubt that Daniel Kramer’s staging for Opera Vlaanderen will win it many new friends.
**111
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Quinn Kelsey excels as Rigoletto in San Francisco

Quinn Kelsey (Rigoletto) and Nino Machaidze (Gilda) © Cory Weaver | San Francisco Opera
If you love Verdi's inventive music, enjoy fabulous male voices in particular, and appreciate great opera conducting with exquisitely sensitive orchestral playing – then this Rigoletto is a must.
****1
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Grand opéra, grand singing: Les Huguenots

Olesya Golovneva (Valentine) and Juan Diego Flórez (Raoul) © Bettina Stöss
Meyerbeer's little performed work is given an enthusiastic rendering, with star singing from a big cast led by Flórez, Ciofi and Jerkunica. David Alden's quality Personenregie makes up for some unconvincing setting choices.
****1
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