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Performer: Ian Storey

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TurinBoris Godunov

Mussorgsky: Boris Godunov
Gianandrea Noseda; Andrei Konchalovsky; Teatro Regio di Torino; Graziano Gregori; Carla Teti; Orlin Anastassov; Ian Storey

BolognaSalome

Strauss R.: Salome
Juraj Valčuha; Gabriele Lavia; Teatro Comunale di Bologna; Elisabet Strid; Lioba Braun; Ian Storey; Enrico Casari
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Miracle in a wasteland: Das Wunder der Heliane

Das Wunder der Heliane © Annemie Augustijns
At its local Antwerp première, David Bösch’s new production of Erich Wolfgang Korngold’s Das Wunder der Heliane makes it the only house ever to have mounted twice.
*****
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Bologna's Teatro Comunale scores a slam dunk

Ian Storey (Peter Grimes) © Rocco Casaluci
The Comunale had teamed up with Bologna's basketball team Virtus to create a 50%-off ticket deal aimed at drawing new audiences. The subject matter of this opera might not seem the most immediately accessible, but this was playing to capture the imaginations of opera newbies.
****1
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Less is moor: a powerful, minimalist Otello in Düsseldorf

A fascinating, psychologically penetrating reading of Verdi’s penultimate opera, performed to the highest standards, promises much for the new season at the Deutsche Oper am Rhein. 
*****
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Inside the mind of the Moor with Thalheimer's Otello in Antwerp

The unclear ideas and the excessive blackness in Thalheimer’s concept failed to convince, but Stoyanov and Joel’s presentation of Verdi’s score made up for those problems.
**111
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All the colours of the night: Tristan und Isolde

An uneven yet unforgettable performance, thanks to conductor Jaap van Zweden’s seductive colouring of the score and Jennifer Wilson’s refulgent Isolde.
***11
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San Francisco Opera: Der Fliegende Holländer

What happens when the director develops in directions the company neither wanted or expected? For San Francisco Opera’s new Der Fliegende Holländer, this discovery led to decisive action: director Petrika Ionesco was sacked just before the opening.
***11
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