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Performer: Jean-François Borras

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Monte-CarloThaïs

Massenet: Thaïs
Jean-Yves Ossonce; Jean-Louis Grinda; Opéra de Monte-Carlo; Laurent Castaingt; Jorge Jara; Gabriel Grinda
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A warm Mimì in a cold Bohème in Naples

Eleanora Buratto (Mimì) © Luciano Romano
Only soprano Eleonora Buratto’s Mimì added real warmth and pathos to Mario Pontiggi's staging. 
***11
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Ailyn Pérez an outstanding Thaïs

David Pittsinger (Polémon, left), Gerard Finley (Athanaël, singing) © Chris Lee | Metropolitan Opera
Ailyn Pérez draws every eye and ear to her in an easy-on-the-eye production that doesn't solve some of the work's inherent contradictions.
***11
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Nabucco: Clear singing, obscure production

Liudmyla Monstyrska and John Relyea turn in strong performances and Plácido Domingo confirms his hallowed status, but Daniele Abbado's direction remains unappealing in this first revival.
***11
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La bohème a chilly disappointment in Vienna

Despite Angel Blue and Ryan Speedo Green, this revival of Franco Zeffirelli’s classic production lacked vocal colour.
**111
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Pettibon debuts as Massenet's Manon

Patricia Petibon manages to portray an absolutely charming Manon. She spans the space between innocence and worldliness and remains consistently energetic and delightful. 
***11
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120 years on: Meyerbeer's Robert le diable returns to Covent Garden

Robert le diable’s 1831 opening was perhaps the most successful opera première of all time. Meyerbeer was lauded by luminaries like Chopin, Dumas, Balzac and Heinrich Heine, the opera was played in 69 cities in its first two years and spawned an entire genre of French Grand Opera.
****1
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