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Questions unanswered in a Così fan tutte revival in Chicago

Marianne Crebassa (Dorabella) © Cory Weaver
Synergies between singers compensated for accurate but unexciting orchestral playing.
***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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Le nozze di Figaro at Garsington

Jennifer France (Susanna) © Mark Douet
A slick production from the Garsington Opera Company, who use the location of the Wormley Estate to their full advantage. 
****1
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Capriccio at the Lyric slowly finds its voice

Late in the opera, in the calm that settles after a vaudeville of ballet dancers and Italian singers, Fleming’s poise pervades the Countess’s closing rumination over love and the nature of art. It’s a concert piece nestled in Capriccio’s narrative bustle, and to hear Fleming sing it is to be reminded of her talents as a communicator in music within and beyond the opera stage.
**111
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Garsington Opera's Fidelio proves entertaining but emotionally flat

Garsington Opera takes a comedic approach to Beethoven's Fidelio. The result is amusing and musically strong, but lacking in both dynamic staging and emotional depth.
***11
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