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AmsterdamBrett Dean's opera Hamlet

© Sim Canetty-Clarke
Dean: Hamlet
Markus Stenz; Allan Clayton; Kathryn Lewek; Rosie Aldridge; Rodney Gilfry
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Martinů's The Greek Passion: an opera for our times

Nicky Spence (Manolios) © Tristram Kenton
At a time when the “relevance” is bandied around all too frequently in relation to opera, Martinů's really does deserve that tag. 
****1
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An immaculately executed Bartered Bride at Garsington

Maypole dancing © Clive Barda
Natalya Romaniw is a natural as our maligned heroine: Paul Curran creates staging of bewildering comic complexity and pulls it off with panache.
****1
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“Or not to be”: Hamlet revived for Glyndebourne’s tour

David Butt Philip (Hamlet) © Richard Hubert Smith
A restless score, a stylish modern setting and gripping central performances from David Butt Philip (trading Laertes at the festival for the title role here) and Jennifer France (Ophelia) do much to commend this new work
***11
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Fresh peaches of temptation

Bradley Smith (Albert) © Robert Workman
A period-perfect Albert Herring from Francis Matthews for Buxton International Festival takes time to settle into its stride, but provides plenty of laughs along the way. 
****1
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Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra premieres Easter Passions

Martyn Brabbins © Benjamin Ealovega
Two world premières commissioned by the RCO are polar opposites in terms of emotional temperature.
***11
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