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MadridRoberto Devereux

Donizetti: Roberto Devereux
Bruno Campanella; Alessandro Talevi; Teatro Real; Madeleine Boyd; Mariella Devia; Silvia Tro Santafé
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Click bait: an effective new Traviata at the Komische Oper

Nicola Raab's production doesn't quite provide the bold rethinking it promises, but stylish execution and a fine cast make for an effective modern Traviata
****1
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Joyce El-Khoury shines as Donizetti's Tudor queen

It is a thing of wonder that Roberto Devereux is one of Donizetti’s lesser known works. Whether on account of its challenging soprano part, or its fussy Tudor setting, it is rarely performed, but contains some of the composer’s most beautiful – and indeed memorable – arias and duets.
****1
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Funny blends with sinister: witty Don Giovanni revival

Alessandro Talevi's production of Don Giovanni, conducted by Christoph Altstaedt, receives a welcome revival at the Grand Theatre, Leeds. 
****1
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Porpora's Mitridate at Schloss Schwetzingen

Propora's Mitridate at Schloss Schwetzingen lacks dramatic sense (blame librettist Cibber and director Spirei). But exciting music strongly delivered makes a case for more Porpora in the repertoire.
***11
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An updated Margherita d'Anjou in Martina Franca

The performance of Margherita d’Anjou seen at the Festival della Valle d’Itria in Martina Franca was the first staged in modern times.
****1
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Impressive singing in Longborough Fidelio

Strong casting but intrusive direction makes this Fidelio a bizarrely intriguing experience, salvaged by some memorable singing. 
***11
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