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Performer: Maria Bengtsson

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MadridPeter GrimesNew production

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Britten: Peter Grimes
Ivor Bolton; Deborah Warner; Teatro Real; Michael Levine; Allan Clayton; Maria Bengtsson; Christopher Purves

LeipzigCapriccio

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Strauss R.: Capriccio
Ulf Schirmer; Jan Schmidt-Garre; Oper Leipzig; Nikolaus Webern; Yan Tax; Maria Bengtsson; Renée Fleming
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Theater an der Wien premieres Christian Jost's Egmont

Edgaras Montvidas (Count Egmont) and Bo Skovhus (Duke of Alba) © Monika Rittershaus
Keith Warner directs a new opera which packs in betrayal, murder, oppression, freedom, love and the Spanish Inquisition into a mere 90 minutes.
****1
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A free spirit: Glanert's Oceane premieres in Berlin

Nikolai Schukoff (Martin von Diercksen) and Maria Bengtsson (Oceane) © Bernd Uhlig
Based on Theodor Fontane's novel Oceane von Parceval, Detlev Glanert's eleventh opera is given its world premiere at Deutsche Oper.
****1
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Are they all like that? Staatsoper Hamburg's new Così

Maria Bengtsson Fiordiligi) and Ida Aldrian (Dorabella) © Jörn Kipping
Hamburg State Opera launches its new season with a visually overpowering but musically satisfying Così fan tutte.
****1
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A chic Così fan tutte at La Scala

Guth's production is beautiful to look at, but fails to bring out the best in Mozart's drama.
***11
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Blurring lines between speech, dance, and musical forms; a staged Messiah at Theater an der Wien

The Stepford wife, the doubting priest, the guilt-ridden adulteress, the family black sheep and the outsted, suicidal CEO:  staples in television dramas but surprising finds in Handel oratorio.
****1
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David McVicar and John Eliot Gardiner give us an enjoyable Figaro at Covent Garden

If Count Almaviva (to say nothing of Don Giovanni) were alive today, he might perhaps enlist Richard Dawkins to defend his behaviour. We know from evolutionary biology that the male stands the best chance of passing on his genes if he has many partners, the female if she can keep the male around to help raise the children he’s had with her.
****1
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