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Performer: Emmanuel Villaume

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BerlinDon QuichotteNew production

Don Quichotte
Massenet: Don Quichotte
Emmanuel Villaume; Jakop Ahlbom; Deutsche Oper Berlin; Katrin Bombe; Katrin Wolfermann; Alex Esposito; Clémentine Margaine

New York CityLes Pêcheurs de perles (The Pearl Fishers)

Pretty Yende (Leïla) and Javier Camarena (Nadir) © Marty Sohl | Metropolitan Opera
Bizet: Les Pêcheurs de perles (The Pearl Fishers)
Emmanuel Villaume; Penny Woolcock; Metropolitan Opera; Dick Bird; Kevin Pollard; Mariusz Kwiecień; Alexander Birch Elliott
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The Pearl Fishers: a lackluster evening at The Met

Pretty Yende (Leïla) and Javier Camarena (Nadir) © Marty Sohl | Metropolitan Opera
The second performance of the Met's Pearl Fishers saw one of the leads withdraw mid-performance again. A welcome performance by young baritone Alexander Birch Elliott could not rescue the evening. 
***11
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A sparkling season finale from PKF – Prague Philharmonia

Emmanuel Villaume © Milan Mošna
Tragedy turns to joy in an evening laden with expectations and emotion.
****1
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A forlorn Manon Lescaut arrives in Barcelona

Gregory Kunde (Des Grieux) and Liudmyla Monastyrska (Manon) © A. Bofill
Barcelona’s Gran Teatre del Liceu stages Puccini’s first great success as an operatic composer, Manon Lescaut with the stage direction of Davide Livermore. 
***11
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Méphistophélès, the master puppeteer

Christian Van Horn (Méphistophélès) © Cory Weaver
Chicago's new Faust is a quest for youth but also a reflection on insipiration, fabrication and manipulation. 
****1
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Beautiful singing, realistic staging

Sonya Yoncheva (Tosca) and Željko Lučić (Scarpia) © Ken Howard | Metropolitan Opera
A decision to offer traditional stagings for standard repertoire may be a dangerous path to tread for the Met's future.
****1
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