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LondonThe Tempest

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Adès: The Tempest
Thomas Adès; Christopher Maltman; Audrey Luna; Nicky Spence; Marta Fontanals-Simmons
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Opera North's inventive Giulio Cesare a stirring tribute to Handel

Lucie Chartin (Cleopatra) and Maria Sanner (Giulio Cesare) © Alastair Muir
In 1724, Handel's Giulio Cesare was a vehicle for star singers Senesino and Francesca Cuzzoni. Maria Sanner and Lucie Chartin step into their shoes with great success for this Opera North revival. 
****1
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Berenice at the Linbury: Handel meets Gilbert and Sullivan

Claire Booth (Berenice) © ROH | Clive Barda
Visual eye candy, excellent singing and superb Handelian playing by Laurence Cummings and the London Handel Orchestra are marred by poor diction and limited acting expressivity.
***11
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Witty and poignant tale of airport life at Scottish Opera

Jennifer France (The Controller) © James Glossop
Jonathan Dove’s witty Flight at Scottish Opera is finely sung by a tight ensemble with standout performances from Jennifer France and James Laing.
****1
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Muhly's Marnie fails to find the drama of the novel

Sasha Cooke (Marnie) © Richard Hubert Smith
A decent cast was unable to redeem a fundamentally dull opera that lacks the psycholgical complexity and tension of both the original Graham novel and its famous Hitchcock adaptation.
***11
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Partenope at ENO: pleasant enough

Sarah Tynan (Partenope) © Donald Cooper
Christopher Alden's account of Handel's love pentangle is long on Man Ray imagery and modern language wordplay, but never hits the vocal highs and eventually palls.
**111
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