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LondonThe Magic Flute

Mozart: Die Zauberflöte (The Magic Flute)
Ben Gernon; Simon McBurney; English National Opera; Chris Hopkins; Michael Levine; Nicky Gillibrand; Rupert Charlesworth
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Sacrifice to passion: L’incoronazione di Poppea in Salzburg

Kate Lindsey (Nerone) and Sonya Yoncheva (Poppea) © Salzburger Festspiele | Maarten Vanden Abeele
A wonderful cast conducted by William Christie in a new production of L’incoronazione di Poppea at the Salzburg Festival. 
****1
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Hot ice and strange snow

Joshua Bloom (Bottom) and Soraya Mafi (Tytania) © Robert Workman
In Siberian conditions more akin to The Winter's Tale, a revival of Robert Carsen's season setting of Britten's A Midsummer Night's Dream offered a warm glow at the Coliseum.
****1
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Lars Vogt and RNS deliver Bach’s Christmas message of peace and joy

Lars Vogt © Giorgia Bertazzi
Lars Vogt, Royal Nothern Sinfonia and Chorus and a strong quartet of soloists bring the angelic tidings of peace and goodwill in Bach’s Christmas Oratorio.
****1
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Billowing silk, blue hair: an evocative ENO Aida

Latonia Moore (Aida) © Tristram Kenton
McDermott envisages Aida as a sister production to his team's mesmeric Akhnaten. But would the hypnotic juggling and glacial choreography work for Giuseppe Verdi's Nile epic?
****1
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Petticoated pirate romp at ENO

Ashley Riches (The Pirate King) and Andrew Shore (Major General Stanley) © Tom Bowles
There’s nothing new or inventive about Leigh’s revived production, which in itself is not a crime, but neither is there an abundance of energy; it's all a bit nice
***11
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