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Performer: Gyula Nagy

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Garifullina's Musetta the highlight of Covent Garden's Bohème

Aida Garifullina (Musetta) © ROH | Tristram Kenton
This third revival of Richard Jones' production is thoroughly competent but struggles to rise above the routine.
***11
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A gripping Return of Ulysses from Opera Collective Ireland

Gyula Nagy (Ulysses) © Marshall Light Studio
Fine singing all round, sensitive continuo musicianship and dramatic action make for a thoroughly enjoyable Return of Ulysses by Monteverdi.
****1
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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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Kosky's Carmen fails to light fires

Jacquelyn Stucker (Frasquita), Anna Goryachova (Carmen) and Aigul Akhmetshina (Mercédès) © ROH | Bill Cooper
Interesting ideas and a brilliant orchestral performance aren't enough to overcome a visually dull staging, predictable choreography and a lack of chemistry between the protagonists.
**111
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Tragedy undermined at Wilton's

Aigul Akhmetshina (Carmen) © Clive Barda
Paring the action down to just four singers, La Tragédie de Carmen is the perfect vehicle and venue for a handful of the Royal Opera's Jette Parker Young Artists to strut their stuff.
**111
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Ekaterina Bakanova a touchingly fragile Violetta

Ekaterina Bakanova (Violetta) © ROH | Tristram Kenton
Two years ago, Russian soprano Ekaterina Bakanova was thrust into her Royal Opera debut, stepping in at short notice as Violetta. Her triumph was enough for the powers that be to offer her a run of five performances this month.
***11
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