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ViennaLes Musiciens du Louvre / Minkowski: Bach's Christmas Oratorio

Bach: Christmas Oratorio, BWV248
Les Musiciens du Louvre Grenoble; Marc Minkowski; Maïlys de Villoutreys; Christopher Ainslie; Helena Rasker; Paul Schweinester
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An enchanting new Midsummer Night’s Dream at Deutsche Oper Berlin

Jeanine De Bique (Helena), Karis Tucker (Hermia) and Jami Reid-Quarrell (Puck) © Bettina Stöß
Deutsche Oper Berlin’s new production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream is a delightful and whimsical homage to Britten’s masterpiece. The orchestra, soloists and children’s chorus performed with energy and charm under the baton of Donald Runnicles.
***11
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A White House Rigoletto with some impressive voices

Mark S Doss (Rigoletto) © Richard Hubert Smith
Welsh National Opera brought a cast of strong voices to Birmingham for a production of Rigoletto intriguingly set in the White House of the 1960s. 
***11
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War and Peace: WNO comes to London to parade its wares

War and Peace © Clive Barda
It’s a small miracle that the production has been recreated so well in such a short time frame.
****1
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Bowler hats and lobsters: WNO's surreal Magic Flute returns

Ben Johnson (Tamino) © Bill Cooper
Dominic Cooke’s Magritte-inspired production returns to Wales Millennium Centre to keep the audience giggling. 
***11
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Mixed Evening at Deutsche Oper Berlin's new Les Contes d'Hoffmann

Alex Esposito © Bettina Stöß
Deutsche Oper Berlin staged an ambitious production by Laurence Pelly with mixed results. The performance included new discoveries and young singers brought fresh energy to the evening.
***11
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Gardner's Zarathustra and the Glagolitic Mass impress

Edward Gardner © Benjamin Ealovega
Edward Gardner opens the Hallé's Thursday series with dramatic Strauss and Janáček.
****1
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