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Performer: Katie Mitchell

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Aix-en-ProvenceAriadne auf Naxos

Strauss R.: Ariadne auf Naxos
Marc Albrecht; Katie Mitchell; Festival d'Aix-en-Provence; Chloe Lamford; Sarah Blenkinsop; Lise Davidsen; Sabine Devieilhe
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Royal Opera's A New Dark Age is a powerful cantata for our time

The Royal Opera House responds to current global turmoil with a double bill by four women composers. Baritone Peter Brathwaite delivers a tour de force in The Knife of Dawn and A New Dark Age is a powerful emotional journey.
***11
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Less than the sum of its parts: Zauberland at the Linbury

Fine performances by Julia Bullock and Cédric Tiberghien can't make up for the confusion of a fragmented, allusive narrative.
**111
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“Soap opera at its best”: Katie Mitchell's Jenůfa

Katie Mitchell's second production of Jenůfa is a straightforward, effective reading of the libretto well supported by excellent singing actors.
****1
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Blissful soprano singing: Ariadne in Aix

Lise Davidsen and Sabine Devieilhe produce soprano heaven in their contrasting vocal styles. Katie Mitchell’s staging feels disappointingly familiar.
***11
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Lessons in Love and Violence: ice and drama

George Benjamin and Martin Crimp's second full scale opera is a refinement of the craft showed in Written on Skin – but the lessons are less in love and violince than in power, tension and beauty of the score.
****1
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Devastating Lucia revival at Covent Garden

Issues that cropped up in the first run of Mitchell's production have been ironed out. In the hands of a strong cast, a chilling interpretation of Donizetti's masterpiece.
****1
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