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Performer: Grand Théâtre de Genève

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GenevaPelléas et Mélisande

Debussy: Pelléas et Mélisande
Jonathan Nott; Damien Jalet; Grand Théâtre de Genève; Marina Abramović; Iris van Herpen; Urs Schönebaum; Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui
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Peeping Tom's Dido and Aeneas overflowing with imagery in Geneva

How can one focus on the music? Purcell’s music is interspersed with contemporary interludes by Atsushi Sakaï in an overly busy staging.  
****1
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A hi-gloss Pelléas et Mélisande falls flat in Geneva

Heroes emerge in adversity, and there are sterling turns from Leigh Melrose as a pugilistic Golaud and from the venerable Arkel of Matthew Best.
**111
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Outstanding direction of a fine cast: Faust in Geneva

Plasson shows all his experience; Lavaudant surprises and delights with his direction; a strong cast sing their hearts out. Who can ask for more?
*****
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Elena Langer's Figaro Gets a Divorce shines in Geneva

Elena Langer's gorgeous and tongue-in-cheek Figaro Gets a Divorce shines in Geneva, despite David Pountney's boxy libretto. 
****1
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A lacklustre Maid of Orleans in Geneva

The performance bids for musical purity, but ends up stripped of story and emotion as well. 
***11
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Wozzeck in Geneva: grit and light

A strong, compelling staging – coherent in aesthetic and philosophy, if a little restrained in performance. 
****1
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