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Opera Philadelphia gives a masterful Verdi Requiem

Corrado Rovaris conducts Opera Philadelphia forces in Verdi's Requiem © Dominic M. Mercier
This Requiem was a gift to Music Director Corrado Rovaris for the anniversary of his twenty years with the company.
****1
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Kosky's mesmerising Magic Flute in Auckland

Komische Oper Berlin's Zauberflöte © Michael Smith
The Queen of the Night appeared as a malevolent giant spider, complete with exoskeleton, threatening Tamino with her stabbing limbs and summoning hordes of smaller spiders to writhe over Pamina when the latter hesitated to commit to Sarastro's murder.
****1
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In Turin's Trovatore, the women carry the day

Anna Maria Chiuri (Azucena) © Edoardo Piva | Teatro Regio Torino
Female voices dominate in the vocal cast: Rachel Willis-Sørensen debuts as Leonora and charms the audience; Anna Maria Chiuri has the temperament and rich vocality requested by the role of the gypsy.
***11
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An enigmatic Turandot in Turin

Jorge de Léon (Calaf) © Ramella & Giannese | Teatro Regio di Torino
Stefano Poda's staging has its own coherence, but it is as cold as the Chinese princess. 
***11
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Enescu’s ambitious only opera opens LPO season

Vladimir Jurowski and Paul Gay © Allex Max
The London Philharmonic’s concert performance of Enescu’s Oedipe proves an extravagant but triumphant way to launch the orchestra’s new Royal Festival Hall season.
*****
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A blazing Oedipe kicks off Bucharest’s Enescu Festival

Oedipe at the Enescu Festival © Andrei Gîndac
Vladimir Jurowski and the LPO gave a stunning performance of Enescu’s operatic masterpiece, despite a dramatically limp concert staging.
****1
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