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Buxton Festival celebrates 40th anniversary with Eugene Onegin

George Humphreys (Onegin) and Shelley Jackson (Tatyana) © Genevieve Girling
Every July, Buxton’s charming opera house hosts an international festival of opera, literature and the arts. This year the festival opened with a strong familiar favourite, Tchaikovsky’s Eugene Onegin.
****1
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A silvery Dream lost among the shadows

A silhouetted fairy © Hugo Glendinning
Netia Jones' new production taps into Britten's silvery underworld in a staging dominated by video wizardry which is hypnotically beautiful, but comes at a price.
****1
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A high-spirited Don Giovanni at Nederlandse Reisopera

Aleš Jenis (Don Giovanni) and Anita Watson (Donna Anna) © Marco Borggreve
Director Jo Davies' staging of Mozart’s dramma giocoso for Nederlandse Reisopera is a high-spirited  affair packed with humour, where the emphasis is decidedly more on giocoso than on the dramma.
***11
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La Calisto: Sublime singing

Jurgita Adamonytė © Oksana
Despite the beautiful sensitivity of La Nuova Musica, coupled with some truly sublime singing, the silliness of Cavalli’s opera is sometimes overplayed in this semi-staged production; less is, sometimes, more.
****1
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A fun-filled La Calisto from ETO

Clever staging and a high standard of acting does much to happily while away the three hours of this baroque opera in the second of ETO's Baroque extravaganza.
***11
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From the Somme's trenches: Iain Bell's In Parenthesis

David Jones' First World War epic poem comes to musical life in Iain Bell's newly-commissioned opera. 
****1
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