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Performer: James Darrah

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Forsythe a truly overwhelming Semele at Festival O

Amanda Forsythe (Semele) and Alek Shrader (Jupiter) © Steven Pisano
James Darrah stages Handel's sensual oratorio for Festival O, a feast of wonderful singing. 
****1
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Handel's Alcina in Karlsruhe: a great production with great singing

Lauren Fagan (Alcina) © Felix Grünschloß
Handel's Alcina at the Karlsruhe 2019 Handel Festival scores on all fronts, with two Australians taking the main roles. 
****1
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Ne quittez pas: A reimagined La Voix humaine in Philadelphia

Patricia Racette (Elle) © Dominic M Mercier
Chaotic staging detracts from imaginative pairing of Poulenc's songs with his one-act, one-performer opera. 
***11
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A muffled scream: The Threepenny Opera at Boston Lyric Opera

James Maddalena (Jonathan Peachum), Kelly Kaduce (Polly Peachum) and Michelle Trainor (Mrs Peachum) © Liza Voll Photography
Muted portrayals dilute the danger of the work, but excellent singing saves the performance. 
***11
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Missy Mazzoli's Breaking the Waves opens in Philadelphia

Kiera Duffy (Bess) © Dominic M Mercier for Opera Philadelphia
The world première of Breaking the Waves was a qualified success, with a powerful drama performed with commitment by strong cast and musicians.
****1
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