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Performer: Madeleine Pierard

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Ambiguity rules in New Zealand Opera's Turn of the Screw

Anna Leese (Governess) © Marty Melville
Astonishingly vivid performances from an ensemble cast made it one of the most outstanding of their recent productions, an auspicious sign as de Mallet Burgess takes over the General Directorship of the company.
****1
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A potent concoction: Macbeth is ETO's hit of the season

Madeleine Pierard (Lady Macbeth) © Richard Hubert Smith
A fine cast, orchestra and production make English Touring Opera's new production of Verdi's Macbeth a must see. 
****1
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Monsters of the mind: Idomeneo at the Buxton Festival

Paul Nilon (Idomeneo) © Richard Hubert Smith
Stephen Medcalf directs a coherent staging of Mozart’s opera seria in which Idomeneo’s inner demons are to be battled. 
***11
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For teenage kicks: Mozart's Lucio Silla at Buxton International Festival

The cast of Lucio Silla © Robert Workman
The fashion for reviving Mozart's teenage operas brings a vocally dazzling production of Lucio Silla to Buxton, nevertheless hampered by the work's own lack of believable drama and some fairly flat staging. 
***11
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Rossini’s Barber falls flat at Covent Garden

For the latest revival of Moshe Leiser and Patrice Caurier's candy-striped production, the Royal Opera serves up the operatic equivalent of stodgy semolina.
**111
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Gustave Charpentier's Louise at the Buxton Festival

Gustave Charpentier's Louise, revived and in excellent form at the Buxton Festival.
***11
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