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The Flying Dutchman sails into Bergen

Iain Paterson (The Dutchman) © Monika Kolstad | Bergen National Opera
Bergen National Opera’s new production allows the story to speak to itself, while strong performances from Eric Halfvarson and Elisabeth Teige gave the performance its edge.
****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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Handel’s Agrippina in a swinging 60s production

Agrippina © Royal Conservatoire of Scotland
The early Handel opera Agrippina is given a rare and playful outing at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland with clear Italian singing, joyous Baroque playing and lively stage production.
****1
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Flinty graves: a chilling Poppea

Eve Daniell (Nerone) and Lorena Paz Nieto (Drusilla) © Robert Workman
In Shoreditch, the Royal Academy of Music showed off some superb singing in a chilling exploration of tyranny and unrestrained power.
****1
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Monks, mistresses and broken swords

David Woodward (Fernand) and Catherine Backhouse (Léonor) © John Reading Photography
At the Theatre Royal Stratford East, the student group made a convincing case for the French version of this gripping work.
***11
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