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Performer: Misha Kiria

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ValenciaCavalleria rusticana & Pagliacci

Mascagni, Leoncavallo
Jordi Bernàcer; Giancarlo del Monaco; Palau de Les Arts Reina Sofia; Johannes Leiacker; Birgit Wentsch; Sonia Ganassi; Jorge de Léon
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Sun, sex and suspicious potions: L'elisir d'amore at Glyndebourne

Misha Kiria (Dr Dulcamara) and Benedetta Torre (Adina) © Glyndebourne Productions Ltd | Donald Cooper
Annabel Arden's superb production of Donizetti's classic makes a welcome return for the Glyndebourne Tour in a taut revival led by two excellent principals.
****1
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Verdi Wars: Frank Castorf’s Forza del destino at Deutsche Oper

Russell Thomas (Don Alvaro) and Markus Brück (Don Carlo) © Thomas Aurin

Audience uproar brings a much needed sense of theatre to a disappointing production of Verdi’s middle-period epic.

**111
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“Let them eat cake!” A revolutionary Barbiere at DNO

Il barbiere di Siviglia at Dutch National Opera © Marco Borggreve | DNO 2018
Lotte de Beer’s Il barbiere di Siviglia for Dutch National Opera seems a surprisingly traditional spectacle... although it does come with a twist.
****1
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Journey to nowhere: Il viaggio a Reims at the Deutsche Oper

Il viaggio a Reims © Thomas Aurin
The Deutsche Oper's production of Rossini's sparkling occasion piece is big on gags but short on stardust.
***11
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Death in Florence: Zemlinsky and Puccini at DNO

Ausrine Stundyte (Bianca) and John Lundgren (Simone) © Matthias Baus
An unlikely coupling of one-act operas by Zemlinsky and Puccini bears fruit in a staging that reveals their thematic parallels while leaving their obvious differences on show.
****1
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In Amsterdam, a Matrimonio segreto for the future

Young singers, musicians and designers in this Matrimonio segreto co-produced by the three main opera companies in the Netherlands show that, on the stage and in the pit at least, the future of opera is bright.
****1
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