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Performer: Haegee Lee

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OxfordOxford Philharmonic Orchestra: Fidelio

Oxford Philharmonic Orchestra: Fidelio
Beethoven: Fidelio
Oxford Philharmonic Orchestra; Marios Papadopoulos; Emma Bell; Andrew Staples; David Shipley; Haegee Lee
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A White House Rigoletto with some impressive voices

Mark S Doss (Rigoletto) © Richard Hubert Smith
Welsh National Opera brought a cast of strong voices to Birmingham for a production of Rigoletto intriguingly set in the White House of the 1960s. 
***11
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JPYA unite for a golden afternoon at Covent Garden

Il barbiere di Siviglia; Dominic Sedgwick (Figaro) © ROH 2019 | Clive Barda
The young singers spin any raw material into opera gold, sending the audience home as uplifted as if they’d just glugged a bellyful of Pimm’s.
****1
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The coronation and tragedy of Boris revived at Covent Garden

Bryn Terfel (Boris) and Roger Honeywell (Shuisky) © ROH | Clive Barda
A title role performance full of depth from Terfel and a barnstorming comic interlude from Tomlinson provide some great moments, but much of this Boris fails to rise above the ordinary.
***11
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A classic executed with style: Hänsel und Gretel

Hanna Hipp (Hänsel), Jennifer Davis (Gretel) © ROH | Clive Barda
Designer/director Antony McDonald treads a perfectly weighted path between light and dark of the fairytale; conductor Sebastian Weigle cooks up a Wagnerian storm; Michaela Schuster steals the show. A treat.
****1
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Royal Opera Carmen: slicker, but still a mountain to climb

Gaëlle Arquez (Carmen) © ROH | Bill Cooper
Barrie Kosky's troubled production returns to Covent Garden
***11
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