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HamburgLondon Philharmonic Orchestra, Faust, Tamestit, Jurowski

London Philharmonic Orchestra
Beethoven, Mozart, Stravinsky
London Philharmonic Orchestra; Vladimir Jurowski; Isabelle Faust; Antoine Tamestit; Angharad Lyddon; Sam Furness

ZürichSweeney Todd

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Sondheim: Sweeney Todd
David Charles Abell; Andreas Homoki; Zurich Opera; Michael Levine; Annemarie Woods; Sir Bryn Terfel; Angelika Kirchschlager
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Outstanding Beethoven, disappointing Berg from the LSO

Sir Simon Rattle and the LSO in Berg and Beethoven © Mark Allan
With fabulous solo singing from Pavol Breslik and Elsa Dreisig, Beethoven's only oratorio Christ on the Mount of Olives turns out to be a gem. Sadly, the Berg Violin Concerto misses the mark.
****1
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“Esultate!” Kunde's Otello impresses at Covent Garden

Carlos Álvarez (Iago) and Gregory Kunde (Otello) © ROH | Catherine Ashmore
The American must be one of the few tenors to tackle both Rossini and Verdi's Moor with success. 
****1
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Handel's somewhat rare oratorio Susanna in the Halle Handel Festival

Handel's Susanna at the Halle Handel Festival © Stiftung Händel-Haus
Handel's oratorio Susanna is often considered to be less than consistently dramatic and this performance in the Halle Handel Festival did little to dispel that view.
***11
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Billy Budd finally drops anchor again at The Royal Opera

Jacques Imbrailo (Billy Budd) © ROH | Catherine Ashmore
After nearly two decades away from the Covent Garden stage, it was time Britten's Billy Budd came home, in a new production from Madrid by Deborah Warner. 
****1
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A stellar Damnation de Faust in Manchester

Rachel Kelly © Gerard Collett
Sir Mark Elder conducts a memorable performance of Berlioz' masterpiece in Manchester's Bridgewater Hall.
*****
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