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Performer: Gideon Davey

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ViennaRameau: Platée

Rameau: Platée
William Christie; Robert Carsen; Theater an der Wien; Gideon Davey; Marcel Beekman; Jeanine De Bique
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Astrid Kessler nails the title role in Arabella in Zurich

Julia Kleiter (Arabella), Aleksandra Kubas-Kruk (The Fiakermilli) and chorus © Toni Suter
Using the Nazi regime as his Leitmotif, Canadian director Robert Carsen brings Richard Strauss’ Arabella to the Zurich stage. 
***11
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Rinaldo revived: Glyndebourne tours its school-based Handel opera

Jake Arditti (Rinaldo) and dancers © Bill Cooper
Blazers and breastplates! This Rinaldo is already eight years old! It’s played at the BBC Proms while almost 40 performances have graced Glyndebourne’s festival and tour up to now, so it must be doing something right.
***11
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Handel at La Scala, and it's a sensation

Danielle de Niese (Cleopatra) © Brescia & Amisano | Teatro alla Scala
Carsen's modern mise en scène of Handel's opera did not stand out for originality, but for finesse and elegance and that was substantially appreciated by the audience.
****1
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Jolly hockey sticks! Orliński rules as Rinaldo at Glyndebourne

Jakub Józef Orliński (Rinaldo) © Robbie Jack
Robert Carsen's riotous production of Rinaldo returns to the Sussex Downs, a schoolboy fantasy colliding crusading knights with St Trinian's bad girls. 
****1
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Hansel and Gretel reloaded in Zurich

Marina Prudenskaya (Witch) © T+T/Tanja Dorendorf
Engelbert Humperdinck’s Hänsel und Gretel has appeal for all ages, but Robert Carsen’s production is a different take on the beloved fairy tale.
***11
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Swan cruise: Lohengrin at Covent Garden

Jennifer Davis (Elsa) and Klaus Florian Vogt (Lohengrin) © ROH | Clive Barda
David Alden’s new production for The Royal Opera, referencing fascist Germany, is drab, but there are musical compensations. 
***11
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