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Gregory Kunde is splendid in Liege’s new Don Carlos

Gregory Kunde (Don Carlos) © Opéra Royal de Wallonie-Liège
The Opéra Royal de Wallonie-Liège takes a risk in mounting a new, but traditional production of the more rarely heard French version of Verdi’s Don Carlos and succeeds with a great ensemble of singers. 
****1
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Hell is oneself: Don Giovanni returns in heavenly form

Mariusz Kwiecień (Don Giovanni) and Hrachuhí Bassénz (Donna Elvira) © ROH | Bill Cooper
A terrific cast takes on the latest revival of Kasper Holten’s video-infused staging of Mozart’s opera buffa.
*****
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Dampened fire: Don Carlo at the Deutsche Oper

Don Carlo © Barbara Aumüller
Anja Harteros takes a while to hit her stride in a Don Carlo that doesn't quite gel.
***11
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Masterfully villainous: Netrebko and Lučić in Macbeth

Željko Lučić (Macbeth) and Anna Netrebko (Lady Macbeth) © ROH | Bill Cooper
The Royal Opera's revival of Phyllida Lloyd's production is marked by two outstanding Verdian singers and a superb rendering of the score from Pappano and the ROH Orchestra.
****1
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Mozart's genius shines clearly in San Francisco Opera's darkly comic production of Don Giovanni

Ana Maria Martinez (Donna Elvira), Erin Wall (Donna Anna) Stanislas de Barbeyrac (Don Ottavio) © Cory Weaver/San Francisco Opera
Dangling and turning like shards of a giant overhead chandelier in Don Giovanni’s banquet hall, this is an evocative multimedia production that tantalizes the senses while shining new light on Mozart's genius. 
****1
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