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Performer: Opéra de Lyon

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LyonBéatrice et BénédictNew production

Berlioz: Béatrice et Bénédict
Daniele Rustioni; Damiano Michieletto; Opéra de Lyon; Paolo Fantin; Agostino Cavalca; Michèle Losier; Julien Behr

LyonLe Rossignol et autres fables

Stravinsky: Le Rossignol (The Nightingale)
Daniele Rustioni; Robert Lepage; Opéra de Lyon; Carl Fillion; Anna Denisova; Yulia Pogrebnyak; Mayram Sokolova

LyonLe Château de Barbe-BleueNew production

Bartók: Duke Bluebeard's Castle
Titus Engel; Andrij Zholdak; Opéra de Lyon; Ève-Maud Hubeaux; Károly Szemerédy; Victoria Karkacheva; Orchestre de l'Opéra de Lyon
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La Cenerentola in Edinburgh: comic direction to savour

Taylor Stayton, Nikolay Borchev, Michèle Losier, Renato Girolami © Xavi Montojo
Herheim pulls us in unexpected directions, makes us laugh and makes us think as we enjoy fine Rossinian music and singing in Opéra de Lyon's production.
****1
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Marton turns Don Giovanni into a wrist-slashing wimp

Philippe Sly (Don Giovanni) and ensemble © Jean-Pierre Maurin
A disappointing new production by David Marton at Opéra de Lyon. 
**111
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Darkness and grandeur in Christophe Honoré's Don Carlos

Michele Pertusi (Philippe) and Sally Matthews (Elisabeth) © Jean-Louis Fernandez
A (nearly) complete performance of the original French version of Don Carlos forms the centrepiece of Daniele Rustioni's Verdi Festival in Lyon. 
****1
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Macbeth, Thane of Wall Street

Elchin Azizov (Macbeth) and Susanna Branchini (Lady Macbeth) © Stofleth
In Lyon, Daniele Rustioni drives through a pulsating reading of Macbeth, Ivo van Hove's imaginative setting not always fully backed by the vocal performances.
***11
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Respighi rarity a riotous romp at Opéra de Lyon

Nikoleta Kapetanidou (The princess) and Grégoire Mour (The Prince) © Blandine Soulage
L’Opéra de Lyon’s new production of Respighi’s La bella dormente nel bosco was an operatic pastiche with fairy tale fantasy and foxtrots thrown in for good measure.   
***11
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Joan laid bare and buried: Romeo Castellucci has done with the era of appropriations of the mythical figure

© stofleth
  With a new and revolutionary staging by Romeo Castellucci, Lyon Opera presents a radical analysis of a symbolic figure often subject to ideological takeover; Kazushi Ono’s sympathetic direction makes Arthur Honegger and Paul Claudel’s work into something sublime while preserving its mysterious spirituality.
*****
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