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Performer: Ivan Ludlow

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Reimann: Lear
Jukka-Pekka Saraste; Christoph Marthaler; Bavarian State Opera; Anna Viebrock; Dorothee Curio; Christian Gerhaher; Angela Denoke
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“The Predator Punish'd”: Longborough's new Don Giovanni

Ivan Ludlow (Don Giovanni) © Matthew Williams Ellis
Paula Sides as Donna Anna has an appealing sound throughout her range, a hint of spinto power, and gave the vocal performance of the night.
***11
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The sacrifice of Bérénice: a long break-up at the Opéra Garnier in Paris

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In Bérénice, given its world première at the Opéra Garnier, composer Michael Jarrell revisits Racine's refined tragedy with the help of the inspired voices of Barbara Hannigan and Bo Skovhus.
***11
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Holliger’s new Lunea: pages from a poet’s Life

Christian Gerhaher (Lenau) © Paul Leclaire
Heinz Holliger’s Lunea, which recently premiered at the Zurich Opera House, is “not an opera”, or so the ground-breaking Swiss composer contends.
****1
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The sacred and the extremely profane: Fauré's Requiem paired with Poulenc's Les mamelles de Tirésias

An ultimately disappointing Fauré Requiem gave way to an outrageously funny performance of Poulenc's comic opera Les mamelles de Tirésias with the BBC Symphony Orchestra and Ludovic Morlot.
****1
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A birthday gift for Accrington's finest: Gawain at the Barbican

As a very generous birthday present for ‘Accrington’s Finest’, Harrison Birtwistle, the BBC Symphony Orchestra and Martin Brabbins pulled out all the stops to give a revelatory performance of the composer’s most Wagnerian opera, Gawain.
*****
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