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Performer: Julia Hansen

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SevilleAgrippina

© Annemie Augustijns
Handel: Agrippina
Enrico Onofri; Mariame Clément; La Maestranza; Julia Hansen; Ann Hallenberg; Matthew Brook

MadridAchille in SciroNew production

Achille in Sciro
Corselli: Achille in Sciro
Ivor Bolton; Mariame Clément; Teatro Real; Julia Hansen; Francesca Aspromonte; Francesca Lombardi Mazzulli

DresdenDie verkaufte Braut

Smetana: The Bartered Bride
Srboljub Dinić; Mariame Clément; Dresden State Opera; Julia Hansen; Iulia Maria Dan; Pavol Breslik
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Folk rhythms and changing times in Dresden's Bartered Bride

Hrachuhí Bassénz (Marie) and Pavol Breslik (Hans) © Semperoper Dresden/Ludwig Olah
What brought real distinction and authenticity to the evening, as so often in this house, was the outstanding playing of the Staatskapelle conducted by Tomaš Netopil. From the start of the overture with its rapidly scurrying fugato for strings and pointed phrasing from the woodwind one felt the true sense of Smetana’s Czech inflected rhythms and harmonies
***11
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Buffa as blood sport: Glyndebourne's Don Pasquale

Renato Girolami (Don Pasquale) and Chorus © Bill Cooper | Glyndebourne Opera
Lisette Oropesa gives a coloratura star turn; Renato Girolami and Andrey Zhilikhovsky give the buffo patter; Mariame Clément's staging focuses on the work’s dark side.
***11
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Agrippina meets Dynasty in Antwerp

Agrippina © Annemarie Augustijns
Opera Vlaanderen revives a production of Handel's Agrippina based on American soap operas of the 1980s.
****1
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All the world’s a stage: The Fairy Queen in Vienna

Anna Prohaska © Monika Rittershaus
At the Theater an der Wien, director Mariame Clément and novelist Lucy Wadham have crafted innovative material that brings the old-fashioned lyrics to life in a coherent and contemporary dramatic setting.
****1
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A flat foray into opéra-bouffe for the Royal Opera

Chris Addison (Smith) and Kate Lindsey (Lazuli) © ROH | Bill Cooper
Poor intelligibility and lack of pace in the music or acting make L'Étoile into a disappointingly flat evening.
**111
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