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Performer: Karen Kamensek

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LondonAkhnaten

Glass: Akhnaten
Karen Kamensek; Phelim McDermott; English National Opera; Tom Pye; Kevin Pollard; Bruno Poet; English National Opera Orchestra

SydneyNicola Benedetti plays Marsalis

Adams, Marsalis, Stravinsky
Sydney Symphony Orchestra; Karen Kamensek; Nicola Benedetti
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StockholmThea Musgrave's Turbulent Landscapes

Musgrave: Turbulent Landscapes
Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra; Karen Kamensek
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Musical tapas with the LPO: dishes packed with Spanish flavour

Despite the big Spanish beasts like Rodrigo and de Falla, it is a small work by contemporary Mexican composer Gabriela Ortiz that packs the biggest punch in this programme.
***11
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Sensory overload: Costanzo's Glass–Handel at Printworks London

Anthony Roth Costanzo's multidisciplinary project arrives at the BBC Proms in the grungy, industrial space of Printworks London, but music seems a long way down the pecking order. 
**111
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Glass' Akhnaten mesmerizes at The Met

The third in the composer’s “portrait” trilogy finally arrives at The Met in Phelim McDermott's spectacular production. 
*****
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Mesmerising Akhnaten returns to ENO

Philip Glass' hypnotic opera returns in Phelim McDermott's outstanding production that respects the solemn, statuesque grandeur and epic ritual of the score. 
*****
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A persistent meditative state: Satyagraha at ENO

Glass' meditation on Gandhi's principles of non-violent resistance is powerfully treated in Phelim McDermott's virtuosic 2007 staging.
***11
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Vampires take centre-stage at Royal Swedish Opera

A frightyfully enjoyable world premiere of Victoria Borisova-Ollas first opera, turned into a giant Halloween party, where the Kungliga Operan is invaded by an audience of vampires, emaciated Victorian ladies and sinister characters.
****1
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