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MunichLearNew production

Lear
Reimann: Lear
Jukka-Pekka Saraste; Christoph Marthaler; Bavarian State Opera; Anna Viebrock; Dorothee Curio; Christian Gerhaher; Angela Denoke
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MunichLearNew production

Reimann: Lear
Jukka-Pekka Saraste; Christoph Marthaler; Bavarian State Opera; Anna Viebrock; Dorothee Curio; Christian Gerhaher; Angela Denoke
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COC's visually arresting Hänsel und Gretel brimming with ideas

Simone Osborne (Gretel), Emily Fons (Hänsel) and Michael Colvin (Witch) © Michael Cooper
Leaving unresolved loose ends aside and viewed from a child’s perspective, Joel Ivany’s new Hänsel und Gretel at the Canadian Opera Company it’s a fun night at the opera.
***11
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Song of Destiny: Enescu's Oedipe at the Salzburg Festival

Christopher Maltman (Oedipe) © Salzburg Festival | Monika Rittershaus
Salzburg's new staging of Enescu's operatic epic Oedipe is a visual and musical triumph.
****1
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English National Opera revives Lucia di Lammermoor in chilling style

Sarah Tynan (Lucia) © John Snelling
It’s the sprig of nightshade on a blood-red confection.
****1
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Flogging a dead horse: a new Salome at English National Opera

Allison Cook (Salome) © Catherine Ashmore
ENO's new production of Salome which opens the season features some commendable music-making, but is let down by a flawed concept and dull staging.
**111
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Sir John in Love: the fat knight returns to Covent Garden

Sir Bryn Terfel (Falstaff) and Rupert © ROH | Catherine Ashmore
Sir Bryn Terfel’s Falstaff is still a cherishable rogue as he takes on the title role in Robert Carsen’s joyous staging at the Royal Opera. 
****1
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Risk of sensory overload: ENO's Lulu

William Kentridge's Lulu for ENO is easier to admire than it is to love. But if you want to be challenged dramatically, this is the opera to do it.
***11
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