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Performer: David Pountney

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UnknownLa Voix humaine

Poulenc: La Voix humaine
David Pountney; Welsh National Opera; Millie Tennant; Claire Booth; Christopher Glynn
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WNO tackles Vêpres but the vocal fireworks fail to ignite

Marine Tournet (dancer) and Giorgio Caoduro (Montfort) © Johan Persson
David Pountney completes his “Verdi trilogy” for the company but although his staging has fluidity, it lacks an explosive ending... and the vocal performances disappoint. 
***11
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War and Peace: WNO comes to London to parade its wares

War and Peace © Clive Barda
It’s a small miracle that the production has been recreated so well in such a short time frame.
****1
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Ballo II, the American cut: an indigestible staging at WNO

Gwyn Hughes Jones (Riccardo) and Mary Elizabeth Williams (Amelia) © Bill Cooper
Musically, WNO gets it right. Straightforward brilliance is the order of the day, and plenty of it.
***11
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Ferocious intensity: Pountney's new War and Peace at WNO

Lauren Michelle (Natasha) and Jonathan McGovern (Prince Andrei) © Clive Barda
WNO make a compelling case for Prokofiev's gargantuan War and Peace.
*****
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Francesca da Rimini returns to La Scala

Maria José Siri (Francesca) and Marcelo Puente (Paolo) © Brescia & Amisano | Teatro alla Scala
The use in the score of ancient musical instruments is what differentiates this work: pifferi, a lute, a “viola pomposa” give this work a distinctive flavour.
****1
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From darkness to light: Mosè in Egitto in Naples

Carmela Remigio (Elcia) and Enea Scala (Osiride) © F. Squeglia
David Pountney’s 2014 staging was revived in Naples with good singing and empathetic conducting.
****1
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