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Puccini: Tosca
Sir Antonio Pappano; Jonathan Kent; The Royal Opera; Paul Brown; Anna Netrebko; Brian Jagde
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“Ecco un artista!”: melodrama aplenty in ROH Tosca revival

Kristine Opolais (Tosca) and Bryn Terfel (Scarpia) © ROH | Catherine Ashmore
Red-blooded performances from the three principals at Covent Garden, even if there are vocal misfires along the way. 
***11
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The Beauty is the Beast: Malin Byström sings a chilling Salome

John Daszak (Herod) and Malin Byström (Salome) © ROH | Clive Barda
Henrik Nánási balances the Orchestra of the Royal Opera House to perfection, setting the stage for a memorable title role performance from Byström and a powerful Jochanaan from Michael Volle.
****1
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Adès brings The Exterminating Angel to opera

Sophie Bevan, Ed Lyon © ROH | Clive Barda
Luis Buñuel's derision at the sense of entitlement of over-privileged, self-righteous prigs shines through a high quality operatic adaptation.
****1
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Vaudeville. Nasality. Shostakovich. Kosky.

Martin Winkler (Platon Kuzmich Kovalyov) © ROH | Bill Cooper
I arrived at the Royal Opera House in the usual way, settled into my seat, and – could you believe it – the opera was gone!
*****
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Enescu's Oedipe at the Royal Opera

Hubert Francis (Laïos), Nicolas Courjal (Theban High Priest) and Sarah Connolly (Jocaste) © ROH | Clive Barda
Johan Reuter leads an all star cast in a revelatory performance of George Enescu's masterpiece, aided by spectacular La Fura dels Baus staging.
*****
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