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Performer: Lionel Lhote

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BerlinThree Orchestras from London: Orchestre Révolutionnaire et Romantique

Berlioz: Benvenuto Cellini
Sir John Eliot Gardiner; Sophia Burgos; Adèle Charvet; Michael Spyres; Krystian Adam

LondonProm 59: Benvenuto Cellini

Berlioz: Benvenuto Cellini
Sir John Eliot Gardiner; Michael Spyres; Sophia Burgos; Matthew Rose; Tareq Nazmi

LiègeDon CarlosNew production

Don Carlos
Verdi: Don Carlo(s)
Paolo Arrivabeni; Stefano Mazzonis di Pralafera; Opéra Royal de Wallonie-Liège; Gary McCann; Fernand Ruiz; Gregory Kunde; Ildebrando D'Arcangelo

LiègeLakméNew production

Lakmé
Delibes: Lakmé
Patrick Davin; Davide Garattini Raimondi; Opéra Royal de Wallonie-Liège; Paolo Vitale; Giada Masi; Jodie Devos; Philippe Talbot

GlyndebourneCendrillonNew production

Danielle de Niese (Cendrillon) and Kate Lindsey (Prince Charming) © Richard Hubert Smith
Massenet: Cendrillon
John Wilson; Fiona Shaw; Glyndebourne Festival Opera; Jon Bausor; Nicky Gallibrand; Danielle de Niese; Kate Lindsey
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Cinders on the couch: Freudian Cendrillon at Glyndebourne

Danielle de Niese (Cendrillon) and Kate Lindsey (Prince Charming) © Richard Hubert Smith
Cinderella undergoes psychoanalysis on the Sussex Downs as Fiona Shaw's production is revived for the Glyndebourne Festival. 
****1
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Under the eye of Horus: Aida in Liège

Elaine Alvarez (Aida) © Opéra Royal de Wallonie-Liège
Stefano Mazzonis di Pralafera's staging for Opéra Royal de Wallonie-Liège is stolid in direction, but Speranza Scappucci breathes life into Verdi's drama from the pit. 
***11
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Pelly serves up a grey Béatrice et Bénédict

Paul Appleby (Bénédict) and Stéphanie d'Oustrac (Béatrice) © Richard Hubert Smith
Berlioz's Béatrice et Bénédict is light and fluffy, making it perfect summer festival fare. Sadly, like a soggy soufflé, Pelly's one-trick staging soon falls flat.
***11
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Spanish sex and Gallic charm: a perfect Ravel double

François Piolino (Teapot) and Elodie Méchain (Chinese Cup) © Richard Hubert Smith
Sultry Spanish rhythms and bawdy humour are counterbalanced by Gallic charm in the return to Glyndebourne of Laurent Pelly’s productions of L’Heure espagnole and L’Enfant et les sortilèges. Danielle de Niese joined a largely Francophone cast to ensure this joyous revival fizzed.
*****
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Irrésistible Don Pasquale à La Monnaie

Danielle de Niese (Norina) et Michele Pertusi (Don Pasquale) © Baus
Mis en scène par Laurent Pelly, Don Pasquale de Donizetti est présenté à La Monnaie : une machinerie réglée au millimètre près, sur la fabuleuse vis comica d’une musique extraordinairement efficace.
****1
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