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Performer: Lea Desandre

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LondonA Baroque Odyssey: 40 years of Les Arts Florissants

Handel, Purcell, Charpentier, Rameau, Lully
Les Arts Florissants; William Christie; Paul Agnew; Sandrine Piau; Lea Desandre; Christophe Dumaux

GenevaLes Huguenots

Meyerbeer: Les Huguenots
Marc Minkowski; Jossi Wieler; Grand Théâtre de Genève; Anna Viebrock; Ana Durlovski; Lea Desandre

ParisPasticcioNew production

Durante, Hasse, Scarlatti, d'India, Stradella, Porpora, Handel, Purcell, Steffani, Mozart, Caldara, Rameau
William Christie; Robert Carsen; Lea Desandre; Jakub Józef Orliński; Rebecca Howell

Aix-en-ProvenceLéa Desandre & Thomas Dunford : belle époque baroque

Charpentier, Marais, Fauré, Debussy, Messager, Hahn
Lea Desandre; Thomas Dunford

SalzburgOrphée aux enfersNew production

Offenbach: Orphée aux enfers (Orpheus in the Underworld)
Enrique Mazzola; Barrie Kosky; Rufus Didwiszus; Victoria Behr; Joel Prieto; Nadine Weissmann
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Caldara's La Morte d’Abel rediscovered at Salzburg Whitsun festival

Soloists, Gianluca Capuano and Il canto di Orfeo © Marco Borrelli

A great performance of a nearly-forgotten 18th-century oratorio in Salzburg celebrates the castrati’s “Heavenly Voices”, the theme of the Whitsun festival.

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Sacrifice to passion: L’incoronazione di Poppea in Salzburg

Kate Lindsey (Nerone) and Sonya Yoncheva (Poppea) © Salzburger Festspiele | Maarten Vanden Abeele
A wonderful cast conducted by William Christie in a new production of L’incoronazione di Poppea at the Salzburg Festival. 
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A colorful, revealing reprise of Clemenza in Prague

Marc Minkowski and Ambroisine Bré © Hana Smejkalová
More than 200 years after Mozart premiered La clemenza di Tito at the Estates Theatre, Marc Minkowski reveals there are still surprises to be found.
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Cavalli's Erismena illuminates the Jeu de Paume

Carlo Vistoli (Idraspe) and Francesca Aspromonte (Erismena) © Pascal Victor
Don't attempt to plough through the synopsis, but enjoy Cavalli's sexy score, persuasively performed in Jean Bellorini's modern staging. 
***11
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L’Orfeo de Gonzalez Toro : un rêve éveillé

Emiliano Gonzalez Toro © Michel Novak
L'Orfeo de Monteverdi fait l'objet d'un travail d’équipe millimétré entre Emiliano Gonzalez Toro, Mathilde Etienne et Thomas Dunford, pour un résultat merveilleux.
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