Performer: Olga Mykytenko

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Private and public grief: Shostakovich and Mahler in Liverpool

On a balmy evening in Liverpool, Vasily Petrenko led the RLPO in two works that explored differenet apsects of lamentation, preceded by a Straussian toboggan ride.
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Iolanta and Francesca da Rimini strongly sung in Vienna

Iolanta and Francesca da Rimini work particularly well as a double bill because both works share the theme of lovers who find themselves at the mercy of possessive forces. Iolanta's domineering father ultimately yields in Tchaikovsky's opera, but in Rachmaninov's the deceitful Lanceotto is not so accommodating.
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Le nozze di Figaro en el Liceu

Mozart-Da Ponte, ese binomio casi divino, es garantía de éxito seguro, o al menos de una velada con lo mejor en la parte musical y teatral. Con estos mimbres, las funciones del Liceu de este mes de noviembre pasan por ser un bálsamo para los melómanos y el público que se acerca por primera vez al mundo de la lírica.
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