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Performer: Paul Curran

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DublinCarmen

Bizet: Carmen
Kenneth Montgomery; Paul Curran; Irish National Opera; Gary McCann; Paula Murrihy; Vania Dinyar

AlresfordA Midsummer Night's Dream

Britten: A Midsummer Night's Dream
Anthony Kraus; Paul Curran; The Grange Festival; Gabriella Ingram; Patrick Terry; Rhian Lois

TurinMy Fair Lady

Loewe: My Fair Lady
Timothy Brock; Paul Curran; Teatro Regio di Torino; Gary McCann; Giusi Giustino; Kyle Lang; Coro del Teatro Regio di Torino
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An immaculately executed Bartered Bride at Garsington

Maypole dancing © Clive Barda
Natalya Romaniw is a natural as our maligned heroine: Paul Curran creates staging of bewildering comic complexity and pulls it off with panache.
****1
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Costa-Jackson's sultry Carmen in Seattle

Ginger Costa-Jackson (Carmen) © Sunny Martini
Good-time girl, hometown sweetheart, torn-apart lover, smugglers and rivals, familiar songs, a cliffhanger of a tale. 
*****
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In Turin's Trovatore, the women carry the day

Anna Maria Chiuri (Azucena) © Edoardo Piva | Teatro Regio Torino
Female voices dominate in the vocal cast: Rachel Willis-Sørensen debuts as Leonora and charms the audience; Anna Maria Chiuri has the temperament and rich vocality requested by the role of the gypsy.
***11
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Red dresses and a green balloon: Carmen in Philadelphia

Daniela Mack (Carmen) © Steven Pisano for Opera Philadelphia
Paul Curran's movie-Like Carmen for Opera Philadelphia
****1
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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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