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Hailing from No-man’s land: Pelléas et Mélisande in Basel

Andrew Foster-Williams (Golaud), Elsa Benoit (Mélisande) and Rolf Romei (Pelléas) © Priska Ketterer
Debussy’s Pelléas et Mélisande emerges from an almost transcendent realm and creates a languorous atmosphere, even if it leaves some questions unanswered and realities unexplored
****1
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Indomitable: Billy Budd in Frankfurt

Björn Bürger (Billy Budd) © Barbara Aumüller
Oper Frankfurt's revival of Richard Jones's production of Billy Budd with a homegrown cast is a devastating combination of powerful music and searing drama.
*****
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A sizzling myth of matricide

Evelyn Angela Gugolz (Klytaemnestra) and Georg Nigl (Orest) © Judith Schlosser
In the hands of director Hans Neuenfels, the Swiss première of Manfred Trojahn’s Orest was widely anticipated for its “splashes of gore and commensurate splatters of sound”.
*****
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Sexism and callousness in Theater Basel's Don Giovanni

In Richard Jones' production of Don Giovanni at Theater Basel, it was the singers alone who stole the limelight.
***11
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High-flying Peter Pan at WNO

Richard Ayres's Peter Pan, in a new WNO production, leaves J.M. Barrie's story dangling. 
**111
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WNO's Chorus leads Carmen at the Bristol Hippodrome

The Welsh National Opera took to the Hippodrome stage for the Bristol leg of their UK tour ofCarmen. This was a revival of Welsh National Opera’s production in the late 1990s, co-produced with Scottish Opera.
***11
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