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Performer: Joanna Skillett

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Mascagni: Isabeau
Francesco Cilluffo; Martin Lloyd-Evans; Opera Holland Park; takis; Mikhail Svetlov; Anne-Sophie Duprels; George Von Bergen
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Humdinger of a Gianni Schicchi from ETO

Craig Smith (Michele) in Il tabarro © Richard Hubert Smith
A great return appearance for English Touring Opera's Puccini double bill opening its spring tour at the Hackney Empire.
****1
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Sensitive negotiations: Handel's Radamisto, Guildhall

Dominick Felix, Margo Arsane, Jade Moffat, Chloe Treharne and Bertie Watson © Clive Barda
Superb singing and skilful acting make a good case for Radamisto in a conceptually ambitious new production which, while not entirely successful, is well worth seeing. 
***11
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Mavra and Iolanta: a strong Russian double-bill

Joanna Marie Skillett (Iolanta) © Clive Barda
In the first of its opera productions this season, the Guildhall School of Music and Drama presented an interesting combination of Stravinsky's odd little comedy, Mavra and Tchaikovsky's tale of the blind princess, Iolanta.
****1
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Gags, rhymes and melodies: Die Fledermaus

Ben Johnson (Eisenstein), Robert Burt (Dr Blind) and Susanna Hurrell (Rosalinde) © Robert Workman
After a sparkling Act I, energy fades slightly on a sweltering night in London, but Opera Holland Park's Die Fledermaus has a lot going for it.
****1
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Masters of the Queens Music at the Sam Wanamaker Playhouse

Judith Weir © Chris Christodoulou | Chester Music
Judith Weir's music didn't have the pride of place it deserved at this miscellaneous collection of music from past and present Masters of the Queen's Music, presented by the Park Lane Group at the Sam Wanamaker Playhouse. 
**111
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