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Performer: Longborough Festival Opera

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“The Predator Punish'd”: Longborough's new Don Giovanni

Ivan Ludlow (Don Giovanni) © Matthew Williams Ellis
Paula Sides as Donna Anna has an appealing sound throughout her range, a hint of spinto power, and gave the vocal performance of the night.
***11
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Masks and marriages: Anna Bolena at Longborough Opera Festival

Linda Richardson (Anna Bolena) and Lukas Jakobski (Enrico) © Matthew Williams Ellis
Any occasion to see Donizetti's first big success is to be welcomed. The Longborough Festival's new production of Anna Bolena gives us a Tudor court in terror of a brutish, Henry VIII as he seeks to supplant Anne Boleyn with Jane Seymour.
***11
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A game of two halves: Ariadne auf Naxos at Longborough

Clare Presland (Composer) © Matthew Williams-Ellis
Ariadne auf Naxos shines in an ultra-contemporary world of high net worth tantrums at Longborough Festival Opera, complete with glam rock fairies, giant string, and glorious music. 
****1
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Shame, camera, action: Verdi's La traviata at Longborough

Anna Patalong (Violetta) © Matthew Williams-Ellis
Daisy Evans' take on Verdi's iconic tale of love stymied by the cruelty of others is characteristically innovative and insightful, while also blessed with a remarkable central performance from Anna Patalong. 
****1
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Exhilarating storm-tossed evening in the Cotswolds

Kirstin Sharpin (Senta) and Jonathan Stoughton (Erik) © Matthew Williams-Ellis
With a glinting voice of a youthful sheen, like bracing Nordic air, Kirstin Sharpin was entirely convincing as the obsessed dreamer, Senta.
***11
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