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Performer: Fiona Shaw

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Cinders on the couch: Freudian Cendrillon at Glyndebourne

Danielle de Niese (Cendrillon) and Kate Lindsey (Prince Charming) © Richard Hubert Smith
Cinderella undergoes psychoanalysis on the Sussex Downs as Fiona Shaw's production is revived for the Glyndebourne Festival. 
****1
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Overwrought and over-thought: Cendrillon

Alix Le Saux (Cendrillon) © Richard Hubert Smith
In her anxiety to be ‘new’, Shaw slaps a sackload of semi-comprehensible ideas onto a sort-of present day update.
***11
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Lust and labyrinths: The Marriage of Figaro at ENO

Lucy Crowe (Countess Almaviva) © Alastair Muir
Fiona Shaw's production doesn't always get everything right, but Lucy Crowe's debut as the Countess is the defining success of the this revival.
****1
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Lise Davidsen utterly captivating as Medea at Wexford Festival

Lise Davidsen (Medea), Rioch Kinsella and Anthony Kenna © Clive Barda
A fascinating modern production of Cherubini's masterpiece Medea. Lise Davidsen is especially noteworthy while the rest of the cast give luminous performances. 
****1
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Dark deeds under the microscope: Britten's Lucretia

The Rape of Lucretia may be something of a problem piece, but Fiona Shaw's production is an excellent piece of ensemble theatre set around some very fine performances of music of rare beauty.
****1
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Fiona Shaw brings theatre into the opera house

What makes this production of The Rape of Lucretia stand out is the singers’ acting. It’s immediate, it’s integrated into the singing, and it’s better than anything I’ve seen in any opera production before. 
*****
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