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Performer: Marie Lenormand

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A noisy rendition of The Guilty Mother

Jennifer Black (Rosine) © On Site Opera
The opera can be summed up by a line sung by the Countess in Act 4: “You’re killing her with all this noise.”
*1111
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A historical curiosity in Valletta: Atys en Folie

Atys © Mario Mintoff PhotoCity
The opera parody Atys en Folie created for the Valletta International Baroque festival is an interesting historical curiosity, but the genre's very specific brand of humour doesn't appeal to everyone.

Hours of fun: Ravel's two one-act operas in Cologne

Tomislav Lavoie (Don Iñigo Gomez) and Katrin Wundsam (Concepción) © Paul Leclaire
Cologne Opera's staging of Ravel's two comedies needed a stronger directorial response to the performance space, but the musical rewards compensated.
***11
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Le Pré aux clercs charms Wexford

A traditionally staged Le Pré aux clercs fresh from Paris' Opéra Comique is presented with colour and joie de vivre.
****1
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New York City Opera closes season with Alden's riotous La Périchole

Henri Bergson famously defined comedy as “something mechanical encrusted on the living”. One suspects that Jacques Offenbach would have been a fan of this definition, and that Christopher Alden most certainly is.
****1
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