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Performer: Michel de Souza

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Sukanya: close but no sitar

Alok Kumar (Chyavana) and Susanna Hurrell (Sukanya) © ROH | Bill Cooper (2017)
Ravi Shankar's valiant fusion of East and West is no greater than the sum of its parts.
***11
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Absurd, unpleasant and wonderfully pertinent:

The Intelligence Park © ROH | Clive Barda
Almost 30 years since its last run, Gerald Barry’s The Intelligence Park makes a boisterous return to the stage. 
**111
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Spectacular riddles: Serban's Turandot returns to Covent Garden

Michel de Souza (Ping), Pavel Petrov (Pong), Hibla Gerzmava (Liù) and Aled Hall (Pang) © Tristram Kenton | ROH
An icy female ruler, three chaotic cabinet ministers, questionable hand-holding - it could only be Puccini's last opera in a revivial of Serban's gorgeous 1984 production.
****1
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Ravi Shankar’s Opera Sukanya Delights in Birmingham

Sanjukta Sinha and Aakash Odedra © ROH | Bill Cooper
Five years after the composer's death, his musical collaborator David Murphy ensures that Shankar's only operatic work finally gets heard.
****1
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Emotionally powerful La fanciulla del West

Using Stephen Medcalf’s 2008 staging, this opening night of love and loneliness was a feast for the eyes, a musical triumph and a dramatic tour-de-force that tugged at the heart strings.
****1
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Guillaume Tell takes aim in Geneva

A striking staging of Rossini's Guillaume Tell at the Grand Théâtre in Geneva: well cast, beautifully sung and impeccably choreographed.
****1
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