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Performer: Julien Behr

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GenevaDie Entführung aus dem Serail

Mozart: Die Entführung aus dem Serail (The Abduction from the Harem)
Fabio Biondi; Luk Perceval; Grand Théâtre de Genève; Philipp Bussmann; Ilse Vandenbussche; Maria Grazia Schiavo; Claire de Sévigné

ParisYvonne, Princesse de Bourgogne

Boesmans: Yvonne, Princess of Burgundy
Susanna Mälkki; Luc Bondy; Opéra national de Paris; Richard Peduzzi; Milena Canonero; Béatrice Uria-Monzon; Laurent Naouri

LyonShirine (création mondiale)

Escaich: Shirine
Martyn Brabbins; Richard Brunel; Opéra de Lyon; Bob Cousins; Wojciech Dziedzic; Julien Behr; Hélène Guilmette
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Degout and Devieilhe star in Hamlet revival

Sabine Devieilhe (Ophélie) and Stéphane Degout (Hamlet) © Vincent Pontet
Hamlet lives! Ambroise Thomas' operatic take on The Bard has a particularly French ending but that doesn't spoil this terrific revival in Paris. 
****1
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The sacrifice of Bérénice: a long break-up at the Opéra Garnier in Paris

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In Bérénice, given its world première at the Opéra Garnier, composer Michael Jarrell revisits Racine's refined tragedy with the help of the inspired voices of Barbara Hannigan and Bo Skovhus.
***11
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Marton turns Don Giovanni into a wrist-slashing wimp

Philippe Sly (Don Giovanni) and ensemble © Jean-Pierre Maurin
A disappointing new production by David Marton at Opéra de Lyon. 
**111
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An uplifting Beethoven Ninth from an orchestra in peril

Nathalie Stutzmann © Simon Fowler
It is unlikely that anyone went home from this soul-inspiring performance without that famous "Ode" ringing in his or her head.
****1
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Hours of fun: Ravel's two one-act operas in Cologne

Tomislav Lavoie (Don Iñigo Gomez) and Katrin Wundsam (Concepción) © Paul Leclaire
Cologne Opera's staging of Ravel's two comedies needed a stronger directorial response to the performance space, but the musical rewards compensated.
***11
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