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Performer: Jac van Steen

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High WycombeThe Bartered BrideNew production

Smetana: The Bartered Bride
Jac van Steen; Paul Curran; Garsington Opera Company; Kevin Knight; Natalya Romaniw; Brenden Gunnell

LondonJac van Steen conducts the Academy Symphony Orchestra

Ligeti, Prokofiev
Academy Symphony Orchestra; Jac van Steen
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Franck’s Aeolian winds usher in Saint-Säens and Elgar to Belfast

Louis Schwizgebel © Marco Borggreve
Ulster Orchestra’s Principal Guest Conductor Jac van Steen returns to lead an outstanding evening, culminating in Elgar’s First Symphony. Louis Schwizgebel impresses in Saint-Saens’ Fifth Piano Concerto. 
*****
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Translucent sounds: Vaughan Williams, Sibelius and Dvořák in Belfast

Rosanne Philippens © Marco Borggreve
The Ulster Orchestra and Rosanne Philippens dazzle in Vaughan Williams and Sibelius under the baton of Jac van Steen.
****1
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Verdi’s family drama: Die Räuber at the Volksoper

Boaz Daniel (Francesco) and Sofia Soloviy (Amalia) © Barbara Pálffy | Volksoper Wien
In the city of Freud there is nothing like a bit of family drama to put one in the mood for a great season of opera!
***11
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Light and shade: Pelléas et Mélisande at Wormsley

Andrea Carroll (Mélisande) and Jonathan McGovern (Pelléas) © Clive Barda
Debussy’s opera of half-lights succeeds in taming the glare of the midsummer sun in Garsington’s new staging.
****1
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Festive Tchaikovsky from the Philharmonia

Veronika Dzhioeva © A Bolkvadze
An all-Tchaikovsky programme of opera and ballet was an appealing way to enter the Christmas period, especially under the energetic baton of Jac van Steen.
****1
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