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Performer: Patrick Bolleire

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MulhouseSamson et Dalila

Saint-Saëns: Samson et Dalila
Ariane Matiakh; Marie-Ève Signeyrole; Opéra National du Rhin; Fabien Teigné; Massimo Giordano; Katarina Bradić
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Gregory Kunde is splendid in Liege’s new Don Carlos

Gregory Kunde (Don Carlos) © Opéra Royal de Wallonie-Liège
The Opéra Royal de Wallonie-Liège takes a risk in mounting a new, but traditional production of the more rarely heard French version of Verdi’s Don Carlos and succeeds with a great ensemble of singers. 
****1
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Lisette Oropesa conquers Paris in Les Huguenots

Lisette Oropesa (Marguerite de Valois) © Opéra de Paris | Agathe Poupeney
It's a big night at the Opéra Bastille for their 350th anniversary season; Oropesa's dazzling coloratura stops the show; Andreas Kriegenburg sets the action interestingly in a Star Trek future.
***11
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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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Ceaseless fire in Spontini's Olympie at the Concertgebouw

Karina Gauvin © Michael Slobodian
Jérémie Rhorer led a turbocharged performance of this rare Spontini opera, which, although it tires with its grandiose hyperbole, contains excerpts that deserve to be heard more often.
***11
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The Netherlands Opera's daunting William Tell shines light on its massive talents

The Netherlands Opera’s production of William Tell, directed by Pierre Audi, has proved a daunting endeavor, captivating the audience through its colorful treatment of Rossini’s final opera. From the cast of characters on stage and the musicians of the orchestra to the sound, lighting, stage and costume departments, the roughly four-and-a-half-hour event couldn’t have been more stimulating.
****1
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