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Alwyn's Miss Julie rescued from the operatic desert

Anna Patalong and Benedict Nelson in Miss Julie © BBC | Tom Howard
William Alwyn's operatic take on Strindberg is rarely performed – a complete mystery considering this excellent concert staging at the Barbican by the BBCSO under Sakari Oramo.
****1
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Death, destroyer of worlds

John Adams takes a bow after conducting his opera, ‘Dr Atomic’ © BBC | Mark Allan
At the Barbican last night, Gerald Finley, John Adams and the BBC Symphony Orchestra combined to deliver the heaviest operatic punch I’ve been subjected to all year.
*****
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Where Bellini started: Opera Rara's Adelson e Salvini

Enea Scala and Daniela Barcellona © Russell Duncan
A youthful Bellini opera able to stand on its own two feet? Perhaps not, as Adelson e Salvini gets the Opera Rara treatment. 
***11
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Dalibor: The Czech Fidelio

“What Czech does not like music?” declares Beneš, the jailor in Smetana’s opera Dalibor. Certainly not Jiří Bělohlávek, who is as superb an advocate for Czech music as any conductor in the world right now.
****1
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Haydn, Hummel and Ravel performed with confidence by the BBC Symphony Orchestra

Josep Pons strode purposefully onto the Barbican stage to conduct the BBC Symphony Orchestra in a performance of Haydn’s “Clock” Symphony. The first movement opened by way of an Adagio laden with a suitable sense of portent, the layers of writing for the strings being clearly articulated to bring this out.
****1
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