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Stylish, powerful Nixon in China from Scottish Opera

Julia Sporsén (Pat Nixon) © James Glossop

Scottish Opera’s Nixon in China in a stylish, living history production from John Fulljames, with strong performances across the board, Joana Carneiro stoking the fires in the pit.

****1
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A White House Rigoletto with some impressive voices

Mark S Doss (Rigoletto) © Richard Hubert Smith
Welsh National Opera brought a cast of strong voices to Birmingham for a production of Rigoletto intriguingly set in the White House of the 1960s. 
***11
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Bowler hats and lobsters: WNO's surreal Magic Flute returns

Ben Johnson (Tamino) © Bill Cooper
Dominic Cooke’s Magritte-inspired production returns to Wales Millennium Centre to keep the audience giggling. 
***11
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Skelton and Anger set the scene for a superb Walküre

Stuart Skelton (Siegmund) © ROH | Bill Cooper
We start with a triumphant Royal Opera debut from Stuart Skelton, we close with Nina Stemme at her finest; a thrilling orchestral performance links the two. A memorable Walküre.
*****
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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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WNO's jolly good romp in Birmingham

Mary Elizabeth Williams (Rosalinde) and Mark Stone (Eisenstein) © Bill Cooper
WNO's excellent revival of John Copley's 2011 staging of Die Fledermaus is a delight. 
****1
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