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Royal Opera's A New Dark Age is a powerful cantata for our time

Peter Brathwaite in The Knife of Dawn © ROH | Tristram Kenton
The Royal Opera House responds to current global turmoil with a double bill by four women composers. Baritone Peter Brathwaite delivers a tour de force in The Knife of Dawn and A New Dark Age is a powerful emotional journey.
***11
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Love, intrigue… and black paint-play: Luisa Miller at ENO

Elizabeth Llewellyn (Luisa) and Solomon Howard (Wurm) © Tristam Kenton
Verdi and Schiller lose out to Barbora Horáková in a new staging for English National Opera. 
***11
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Prom 35: Martyn Brabbins celebrates 60th birthday in style

Martyn Brabbins © BBC | Chris Christodoulou
A fascinating new companion piece to Elgar's Enigma Variations, from 14 contemporary composers, in celebration of Martyn Brabbins' 60th birthday, performed with enthusiasm by the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra.
****1
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A house debut to savour: Natalya Romaniw in ENO's Bohème

Natalya Romaniw (Mimì) © Robert Workman
Jonathan Miller's production of La bohème is revived by ENO and features an important house debut. 
****1
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Porgy and Bess at ENO: Gershwin's music the winner

Nicole Cabell (Bess), Eric Greene (Porgy) © Tristram Kenton
Porgy and Bess isn’t a perfect opera, but English National Opera's new production is a strong one. 
****1
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Mascagni's Isabeau at Opera Holland Park

Anne Sophie Duprels (Isabeau) © Ali Wright
An embarrassingly trite libretto proves unsalvageable, even with a committed cast of singers.
*1111
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