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Performer: Mats Almgren

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Romantic love blooms in the lost garden of West Horsley

Olena Tokar (Juliette) and David Junghoon Kim (Roméo) © Robert Workman
Olena Tokar's assured coloratura made an immediate success of the waltz with her convincingly adolescent appearance, rhythmic verve and stylish phrasing.
***11
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Full immersion, total immolation

Mati Turi (Siegfried) © Clive Barda
Crowning this cycle came a truly magnificent performance of Götterdämmerung, centred very much on Richard Farnes and his orchestra.
*****
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Dragonslayer: Siegfried battles valiantly

Lars Cleveman (Siegfried) © Clive Barda
While the Welsh were merrily slaying Belgians in Euro 2016, one dragon was on the receiving end at the Royal Festival Hall.
***11
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Dipping a toe into the Rhine

Michael Druiett (Wotan), Jo Pohlheim (Alberich) and Wolfgang Ablinger-Sperrhacke (Loge) © Clive Barda
Opera North's cycle offers a form of personal Wagner therapy: all four music dramas in concert performances, but with carefully choreographed video and lighting effects. 
****1
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Notorious: world première in Gothenburg

When one of the most sought-after sopranos of our time slips into the role of her most famous countrywoman, the foundations for an eventful evening of opera have already been laid. The Swedish world première Notorious, after Alfred Hitchcock's film of the same title, shows in an all-round successful production that contemporary opera can have a promising future.
*****
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