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Performer: Jonathan Kent

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LondonTosca

Puccini: Tosca
Sir Antonio Pappano; Jonathan Kent; The Royal Opera; Paul Brown; Anna Netrebko; Brian Jagde
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“Ecco un artista!”: melodrama aplenty in ROH Tosca revival

Kristine Opolais (Tosca) and Bryn Terfel (Scarpia) © ROH | Catherine Ashmore
Red-blooded performances from the three principals at Covent Garden, even if there are vocal misfires along the way. 
***11
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Tosca at ROH: promise as yet unfulfilled

Gerald Finley (Scarpia), Adrienne Pieczonka (Tosca) © ROH | Catherine Ashmore
The ninth revival of Jonathan Kent’s production features a great Act 1 and enjoyable Covent Garden role debuts for the three top singers, but misses the mark on the set pieces.
***11
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Kent's Manon Lescaut at Covent Garden

Aleksandrs Antonenko (Chevalier des Grieux) and Sondra Radvanovsky (Manon Lescaut) © ROH | Bill Cooper
Kent's staging brings out the sleaze in Puccini's first big hit; Sondra Radvanovsky thrills in the title role; the musical performance improves through the evening.
***11
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A drab Don Giovanni from the Glyndebourne Tour

Duncan Rock (Don Giovanni) and Andrii Goniukov (The Commendatore) © Tristram Kenton
A lack of inspiration and dull staging is a serious hindrance to the second of Glyndebourne's touring productions.
***11
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Firing blanks: Tosca at Covent Garden

Amanda Echalaz (Tosca) and Roberto Frontali (Scarpia) © ROH | Catherine Ashmore
A clumsily directed, poorly sung Tosca at the ROH made for a dispiriting evening. 
**111
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