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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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Lessons in sin from the Dunedin Consort

Meditations from the Bach family on the human condition in "Cantatas for the soul" performed by the Dunedin Consort in Ta Giezu Church at the Valletta International Baroque Festival.
****1
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