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WNO tackles Vêpres but the vocal fireworks fail to ignite

Marine Tournet (dancer) and Giorgio Caoduro (Montfort) © Johan Persson
David Pountney completes his “Verdi trilogy” for the company but although his staging has fluidity, it lacks an explosive ending... and the vocal performances disappoint. 
***11
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War and Peace: WNO comes to London to parade its wares

War and Peace © Clive Barda
It’s a small miracle that the production has been recreated so well in such a short time frame.
****1
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Ballo II, the American cut: an indigestible staging at WNO

Gwyn Hughes Jones (Riccardo) and Mary Elizabeth Williams (Amelia) © Bill Cooper
Musically, WNO gets it right. Straightforward brilliance is the order of the day, and plenty of it.
***11
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Milling drives a dramatic Royal Opera Götterdämmerung

Stephen Milling (Hagen) © ROH 2018 | Bill Cooper
A standout performance from Stephen Milling complements all-round excellence of cast to provide a satisfying end to the Covent Garden Ring.
****1
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A fantastic tale, an outstanding cast: Siegfried at ROH

Stefan Vinke (Siegfried), Gerhard Siegel (Mime) © ROH 2018 | Bill Cooper
Wagner's storytelling shines brightly with the aid of a cast well out of the ordinary. Vinke, Stemme, Siegel and Lundgren make part 3 of The Ring an unforgettable evening of opera.
*****
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Skelton and Anger set the scene for a superb Walküre

Stuart Skelton (Siegmund) © ROH | Bill Cooper
We start with a triumphant Royal Opera debut from Stuart Skelton, we close with Nina Stemme at her finest; a thrilling orchestral performance links the two. A memorable Walküre.
*****
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