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Performer: Gérard Schneider

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SavonlinnaKing Roger

Savonlinna Opera Festival
Szymanowski: King Roger, (Król Roger) Op.46
Ville Matvejeff; Krystian Lada; Didzis Jaunzems; Karol Kozłowski; Fredrik Zetterström; Helena Juntunen
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When death is an old-fashioned portrait

Nadja Mchantaf (Mimì), Günter Papendell (Marcello) and Vera-Lotte Böcker (Musetta) © Iko Freese | drama.berlin.de
The new version of La bohème at the Komische Oper Berlin follows a hard Verismo-beat.
****1
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Minnesota Opera's Thaïs: a bright star in Massenet’s galaxy of women

Lucas Meachem (Athanaël) © Cory Weaver
In a highly effective stage presentation, the Minnesota Opera tells Jules Massenet’s story of two personalities whose spiritual journeys are like two ships passing in the night.
****1
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Franco Alfano's Risurrezione brought to life

Niamh White and Anne-Sophie Duprels (Katyusha) © Clive Barda
Franco Alfano’s name is inextricably linked to that of Puccini, as he’s mostly remembered for completing the unfinished score of Turandot, and has overshadowed his own operas. 
****1
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Juilliard students put on Káťa Kabanová

Miles Mykkanen (Tichon) and Felicia Moore (Kát'a) © Hiroyuki Ito
Sung in English, a performance of Káťa Kabanová lacked the expressive power of the original, but exposed Juilliard Opera students to the marvels of Janáček’s musical style.
***11
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Mascagni's Iris: music beyond verismo

Leon Botstein and the American Symphony Orchestra revive Mascagni's Iris in a fully staged version in Frank Gehry's architecturally stunning Richard B Fisher Center at Bard College.
***11
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Guildhall School: Debussy and Donizetti

A double bill of rare operas: it’s like Christmas has come early in London. The Guildhall School are pairing Debussy’s The Prodigal Son with Donizetti’s sparkling court comedy Francesca di Foix.
*****
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