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Performer: James Laing

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Vivaldi: Bajazet (Tamerlano), RV 703
Peter Whelan; Adele Thomas; Irish National Opera; Molly O'Cathain; Sinéad Wallace; James Laing

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Vivaldi: Bajazet (Tamerlano), RV 703
Peter Whelan; Adele Thomas; Irish National Opera; Molly O'Cathain; Sinéad Wallace; James Laing

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Vivaldi: Bajazet (Tamerlano), RV 703
Peter Whelan; Adele Thomas; Irish National Opera; Molly O'Cathain; Sinéad Wallace; James Laing
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West HorsleyThe Life and Death of Alexander LitvinenkoWorld premiere

Bolton: The Life and Death of Alexander Litvinenko
Stephen Barlow; Stephen Medcalf; Grange Park Opera; Jamie Vartan; John Bishop; Will Duke
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Alexander Litvinenko: a thrilling – if imperfect – world premiere

Ivor Bolton and Kit Hesketh-Harvey deliver a brilliant political thriller and anti-Putin polemic – at least for its first half.
****1
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Opera North's inventive Giulio Cesare a stirring tribute to Handel

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

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

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

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

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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