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Performer: Marta Fontanals-Simmons

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MadridLessons in Love and Violence

Lessons in Love and Violence
Benjamin: Lessons in Love and Violence
Josep Pons; Katie Mitchell; Teatro Real; Vicki Mortimer; Stéphane Degout; Georgia Jarman

LondonThe Tempest

Barbican
Adès: The Tempest
Thomas Adès; Christopher Maltman; Audrey Luna; Nicky Spence; Marta Fontanals-Simmons
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UnknownThe Virtual Opera Project: L’enfant et les sortilèges

London Philharmonic Orchestra
Ravel: L'Enfant et les sortilèges
Lee Reynolds; Rachael Hewer; Leanne Vandenbussche; Emily Edmonds; Karen Cargill; Claire Lees

HamburgGyörgy Ligeti Le Grand Macabre

Ligeti: Le Grand Macabre
Alan Gilbert; Douglas Fitch; Clifton Taylor; Catherine Zuber; Mark Schowalter; Marta Fontanals-Simmons
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Die Zauberflöte at Glyndebourne: a mixed bag of paper cut-outs

Björn Bürger (Papageno) and Sofia Fomina (Pamina) © Glyndebourne Productions Ltd. | Bill Cooper
André Barbe and Renaud Doucet's Magic Flute is ideal entertainment for a fizz-filled summer night.
***11
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Faust finds salvation thanks to jump-in soprano

Mandy Fredrich © Eellen Schmaus
A devilishly fun performance of Gounod's take on Goethe, saved when Mandy Fredrich flew in at short notice to take over the role of Marguerite. 
****1
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The Monstrous Child: Norse hell in Covent Garden

Marta Fontanals-Simmons (Hel) © ROH | Stephen Cummiskey
The Linbury re-opens its doors to opera with a new work whose libretto is superbly crafted by Francesca Simon, featuring a tour de force performance by Marta Fontanals-Simmons as the Norse goddess Hel.
****1
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Truth and Wisdom: a searching Zauberflöte at Garsington

Louise Alder (Pamina) with Lucas Rebato, Frederick Jemison, Dionysios Sevastakis (Three Boys) © Johan Persson
A twist on the usual Enlightenment path, this is an admirable production, excellently executed.
****1
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A vivid Street Scene at the Teatro Real

Joel Prieto (Sam) and Mary Bevan (Rose) © Javier del Real | Teatro Real
Weill's neglected "American Opera" opens in Madrid with a refurbished production by John Fulljames and a strong cast led by Patricia Racette.
***11
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Le nozze di Figaro at Garsington

Jennifer France (Susanna) © Mark Douet
A slick production from the Garsington Opera Company, who use the location of the Wormley Estate to their full advantage. 
****1
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