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VersaillesThe Ghosts of Versailles

Corigliano: The Ghosts of Versailles
Joseph Colaneri; Jay Lesenger; James Noone; Nancy Leary; Yelena Dyachek; Jonathan Bryan
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Glimmerglass resurrects The Ghosts of Versailles

Yelena Dyachek (Marie Antoinette) and Jonathan Bryan (Beaumarchais) © Karli Cadel | The Glimmerglass Festival
Musically and dramatically, Jay Lesenger's production makes a strong case for John Corigliano's sole opera.
****1
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Stunning Candide from LA Opera

Kelsey Grammer (as Voltaire) © Ken Howard
Whether it’s half an opera, three quarters an operetta, or a musical and a half, Francesca Zambello’s team put together a production that was easy to fall in love with. 
****1
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Donizetti rarity given American première at Glimmerglass

Aleks Romano (Aurelio) © Carrington Spires
The Glimmerglass Festival in Cooperstown, New York always does themed seasons. This year the season was about the idea of home. As such, the production directed by Francesca Zambello was updated from the Middle Ages to a modern-day refugee camp.
****1
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Washington National Opera's sparkling Daughter of the Regiment

Robert Longbottom's take on Donizetti's Daughter of the Regiment captures the spirit of bel canto in Washington DC. 
****1
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A dazzling new Figaro at the Lyric Opera

What makes this Figaro memorable and admirable is the way it manages both to be sprightly in its tone and details and also luxuriant in places that another director might have blown through.
****1
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Razor sharp: Sweeney Todd at English National Opera

Opera god meets Hollywood royalty on stage at the Coliseum, in a transatlantic production which heralds the ENO's intention to bring musical theatre back into their repertoire. 
****1
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