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A dystopian police state for Reisopera's new Tosca

A fine cast convinces in Dutch Reisopera's new Tosca, staged in a dystopian police state.
***11
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Mascagni's Iris: A grim fate for sopranos

Perhaps not a masterpiece, but worth exploring, Mascagni's Iris returns to Opera Holland Park. 
****1
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Justina Gringyte is a fabulous Carmen in Scottish Opera's Revival

Justina Gringyte is a fabulous Carmen in Scottish Opera's dark take on this most tuneful of operas. Large choruses, including children with cigarettes, and a strong supporting cast make this an enjoyable show.
***11
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Peter Sellars' reconstruction of Purcell's The Indian Queen

In Peter Sellars' reconstruction of Purcell's unfinished semi-opera The Indian Queen, fine vocal performances are spoilt by indifferent staging and choreography and an embarrassing retelling of the Conquistador story.
*1111
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The good, the bad and the lengthy: The Indian Queen in Madrid

“Music of doubt, music of questions, music of search”. This is how Peter Sellars, the stage director for this production of The Indian Queen, sees the music of Purcell in general and this piece in particular. Sellars has reportedly wanted to present his take on this semi-opera for decades. Finally, the Teatro Real, Perm Opera and English National Opera have joined forces to make it a reality.
***11
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Glimmerglass' little Aida makes a huge impact

You won’t see plumed horses, a procession of camels, or a hundred supernumeraries as standard bearers parading across the Glimmerglass stage. In fact, you have to step outside the Alice Busch Opera Theater to see any elephants at all, the animal most commonly associated with Aida, Verdi’s greatest grand opera.
****1
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