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Performer: Ilse Eerens

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Joan laid bare and buried: Romeo Castellucci has done with the era of appropriations of the mythical figure

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  With a new and revolutionary staging by Romeo Castellucci, Lyon Opera presents a radical analysis of a symbolic figure often subject to ideological takeover; Kazushi Ono’s sympathetic direction makes Arthur Honegger and Paul Claudel’s work into something sublime while preserving its mysterious spirituality.
*****
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Superb Lucio Silla in Vienna

Early Mozart opera seria triumphs in Vienna’s ‘other house’.
****1
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The Orchestra of the 18th century charms in Nozze di Figaro at the Concertgebouw

At the Amsterdam Concertgebouw, the Orchestra of the 18th Century conducted by Kenneth Montgomery gave a lively and expressive performance of Mozart’s Nozze, that emphasized the witty charm of the piece. Soloist included Henk Neven’s aristocratic Count and Ilse Eerens’ delightful Susanna.
****1
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Everything and the kitchen sink in Vienna's Woods

Every operatic ingredient was thrown into the pot for H.K. Gruber's Geschichten aus dem Wiener Wald (Tales from the Vienna Woods), but do too many cooks spoil this operatic broth?
***11
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"Maybe he's immortal?": Frans Brüggen memorial concert

His passing last August was no surprise. Anyone who had witnessed Frans Brüggen conduct in recent years knew that he was far from healthy and old for his years.
****1
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Prim but not so proper: Così in Amsterdam

A winning young cast discovers that all's not well that ends well in the Orchestra of the Eighteenth Century’s virtuosic Così fan tutte at the Royal Theatre Carré in Amsterdam.
****1
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