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Performer: Norbert Ernst

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A moving and spirited Gerontius in Dublin

Norbert Ernst © Michael Poehn
Conductor Kenneth Montgomery shaped a high-energy performance that at times raised the roof and at others was poignant and moving.
****1
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Brilliant 100th anniversary season closer from The Cleveland Orchestra

Franz Welser-Möst at the podium (17 May concert) © Ken Blaze, courtesy of The Cleveland Orchestra
A line-up of well-matched vocal soloists and a chorus in top form, along with passionate conducting by Franz Welser-Möst made for a memorable closing concert of this important milestone season.
*****
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Laufenberg’s Elektra a disappointment in Vienna

Elena Pankratova (Elektra) © Wiener Staatsoper | Michael Pöhn
German theatre director Uwe Eric Laufenberg freely incorporates some of Stanley Kubrik’s horror story concepts into his Elektra, but in ignoring both Sophocles and Strauss, is a long way from shining.  
***11
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Prom 29: Twilight of the Old Believers

Semyon Bychkov conducts Khovanshchina © BBC | Chris Christodoulou
Semyon Bychkov turned in a magisterial account of Mussorgsky's rugged score, aided and abetted by some strong vocal performances.
****1
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Bechtolf's Ring returns to the Wiener Staatsoper

Norbert Ernst (Loge), Egils Silins (Wotan) and Markus Eiche (Donner) © Wiener Staatsoper | Michael Pöhn
A festive air was palpable – the house was technically sold out – as the first of a set of three Ring cycles launched at the Wiener Staatsoper. 
***11
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Reimann’s murderous Medea at the Staatsoper

Monica Bohinec (Gora) and Claudia Barainsky (Medea) © Wiener Staatsoper | Michael Pöhn
In 2010, the première of Reimann's Medea was welcomed with enthusiasm, leading the Staatsoper to relaunch it this season for a second run.
****1
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