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ParisCapriccio

Strauss R.: Capriccio
Marc Albrecht; Robert Carsen; Opéra national de Paris; Michael Levine; Anthony Powell; Diana Damrau; Sir Simon Keenlyside

BerlinWozzeck

Berg: Wozzeck
Matthias Pintscher; Andrea Breth; Staatsoper Berlin; Martin Zehetgruber; Silke Willrett; Matthias Goerne; Eva-Maria Westbroek

BerlinLa fanciulla del WestNew production

Puccini: La fanciulla del West
Sir Antonio Pappano; Lydia Steier; Staatsoper Berlin; David Zinn; Anja Kampe; Yusif Eyvazov
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The Grange Festival's Falstaff hits all the right notes

Robert Hayward (Falstaff) © Clive Barda
Comic opera can fall flat, but if The Grange Festival's new production of Verdi's final masterpiece is a total delight, with a strong concept and a strong cast. This is country-house opera at its best.
*****
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Einspringer save the day in a joyous Staatsoper Meistersinger

Die Meistersinger at the Staatsoper Berlin © Bernd Uhlig
There's little to like in Andrea Moses' production, but a fine cast and glorious playing and conducting make for an enthralling performance of Wagner's grand comedy.  
****1
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A gentle, sympathetic Capriccio at Garsington

Miah Persson (Countess), Sam Furness (Flamand) in background © Johan Persson
An affirmation of the importance of cultural values in the face of the abyss, or Richard Strauss fiddling while Europe burnt? Tim Albery's production leaves it to us to decide.
***11
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An oppressive, living hell at Covent Garden

Johan Reuter (Šiškov) © ROH | Clive Barda
Johan Reuter is gripping in Krzysztof Warlikowski's powerful vision of the universal, timeless horrors of prison, but visual clutter distracts from Janáček’s music.
***11
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Words or music? Collaboration or resistance? A new Capriccio in Frankfurt

Camilla Nylund (The Countess) © Monika Rittershaus
Camilla Nylund’s rich, ample voice bloomed in the glorious setting of the sonnet, cosseted by burnished horn playing, in Strauss' unsurpassed operatic farewell to the soprano voice.
****1
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Enescu’s ambitious only opera opens LPO season

Vladimir Jurowski and Paul Gay © Allex Max
The London Philharmonic’s concert performance of Enescu’s Oedipe proves an extravagant but triumphant way to launch the orchestra’s new Royal Festival Hall season.
*****
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