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LondonA Midsummer Night's Dream

Britten: A Midsummer Night's Dream
Alexander Soddy; Robert Carsen; English National Opera; Michael Levine; Christopher Ainslie; Soraya Mafi; David Webb

CheltenhamBach B Minor Mass

Bach: Mass in B minor, BWV232
The Musical and Amicable Society; David Crown; Cheltenham Bach Choir; Unknown; Angela Simkin; David Webb

SalzburgL'incoronazione di Poppea, SV 308New Production

Monteverdi: L'incoronazione di Poppea, SV 308
William Christie; Jan Lauwers; Lemm & Barkey; Sonya Yoncheva; Kate Lindsey
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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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A New Rodelinda at the London Handel Festival

©  Chris Christodoulou
This week, the annual London Handel Festival, now in its 34th year, opened with a new production of his opera Rodelinda.