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Performer: Florian Sempey

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Gounod: Faust
Lorenzo Viotti; Tobias Kratzer; Opéra national de Paris; Rainer Sellmaier; Benjamin Bernheim; Stephen Costello
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ParisBerlioz: Symphonie fantastique and Lélio

Berlioz
Les Siècles; Christopher Bell; François-Xavier Roth; Michael Spyres; Florian Sempey; Michel Fau
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Donizetti's L'ange de Nisida proves to be a masterpiece

Lidia Fridman (Sylvia) © Gianfranco Rota
The performance at Bergamo Opera Festival proved that L'ange de Nisida can contest the place of La favorite in Donizetti's catalog.
*****
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Les Indes galantes: with Alarcón, Rameau conquers the Bastille

Les Indes galantes at Opéra Bastille, with the dance company Rualité © Little Shao / Opéra national de Paris
The new production of Les Indes galantes at Opéra Bastille is exceptional, from the vocal cast to the choreography by Bintou Dembélé. But the stand-out performance of the evening comes from conductor Leonardo Garcia Alarcón.
*****
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Lisette Oropesa conquers Paris in Les Huguenots

Lisette Oropesa (Marguerite de Valois) © Opéra de Paris | Agathe Poupeney
It's a big night at the Opéra Bastille for their 350th anniversary season; Oropesa's dazzling coloratura stops the show; Andreas Kriegenburg sets the action interestingly in a Star Trek future.
***11
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No moonlight, no magic: a vanilla Bohème

Nicole Car (Mimì) and Mariusz Kwiecień (Marcello) © ROH | Catherine Ashmore
After his affectionate treatment of La fanciulla del West for ENO and his devastating Suor Angelica for the Royal Opera, Richard Jones’ new La bohème is disappointingly bland.
***11
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Platée at Opéra Garnier : Folly in charge

One has to admit that the 2015 vintage of this operatic Grand Cru, with us since 1999, is a particularly fine one. To be consumed with immoderation!
*****
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Brollops and trollops: Figaro at Drottningholm

Le nozze di Figaro is called Figaro’s Bröllop in Swedish, which sounds quite funny to ‘non-Svensks’. With Marcellina behaving like a total trollop, all that is needed to complete the rhyming triplet are the Wallops at Glyndebourne.
***11
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