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Performer: James Newby

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LeedsLeeds Lieder Festival | From the Distant Beloved

© Gerard Collett
Britten, Beethoven, Schubert
James Newby; Joseph Middleton

AmsterdamMahler Festival: Julius Drake, Fleur Barron and James Newby

© Marco Borggreve
Mahler
Fleur Barron; James Newby; Julius Drake

HannoverIl barbiere di SivigliaNew production

Rossini: Il barbiere di Siviglia (The Barber of Seville)
Eduardo Strausser; Nicola Hümpel; Staatsoper Hannover; Michele Spotti; Oliver Proske; Esther Bialas; Nina van Essen

HannoverThe Greek PassionNew production

Martinů: The Greek Passion
Valtteri Rauhalammi; Barbora Horáková Joly; Staatsoper Hannover; Cameron Burns; Susanne Gschwender; Eva Maria van Acker; Magnus Vigilius

SwanseaSt Matthew Passion

Bach: St Matthew Passion, BWV244
BBC National Orchestra of Wales; John Butt; BBC National Chorus of Wales; Gwilym Bowen; David Shipley; Mhairi Lawson
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Superb Britten Gala opens Wigmore season

Louise Alder © Gerard Collett
I wanted to hear more from Louise Alder, but that was true of each of the four singers.
*****
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The Marriage of Figaro: beautiful and beastly

Aoife Miskelly (Susanna), Anna Harvey (Cherubino) and Sky Ingram (The Countess) © Robert Workman
Nevill Holt Opera and Royal Northern Sinfonia offer a sumptuous production, with gorgeous singing, but one unafraid to make us confront the uncomfortable aspects of the plot.
****1
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La Calisto: Sublime singing

Jurgita Adamonytė © Oksana
Despite the beautiful sensitivity of La Nuova Musica, coupled with some truly sublime singing, the silliness of Cavalli’s opera is sometimes overplayed in this semi-staged production; less is, sometimes, more.
****1
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Partygoers, pomp and Paddington Bear

Juan Diego Flórez and Peruvian friend © BBC | Chris Christodoulou
The 2016 Proms come to a riotous close at the Royal Albert Hall.
***11
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