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SalzburgL'incoronazione di Poppea, SV 308New Production

L'incoronazione di Poppea, SV 308
Monteverdi: L'incoronazione di Poppea, SV 308
William Christie; Jan Lauwers; Lemm & Barkey; Sonya Yoncheva; Kate Lindsey

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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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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Transfigured night: Tristan and Isolde

Stuart Skelton (Tristan) and Heidi Melton (Isolde) © Catherine Ashmore | ENO
English National Opera's new Tristan is at its best when responding to Anish Kapoor's stunning stage sculptures.
****1
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