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Camilla Nylund makes impressive Met debut in Rosenkavalier revival

Camilla Nylund (Marschallin) © Karen Almond | Met Opera
The Met revives Robert Carsen's updated production of Der Rosenkavalier with a strong cast led by Camilla Nylund.  Sir Simon Rattle led the Met Orchestra in an inspired and detailed reading of the score.
*****
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A Falstaff to relish at the Met

Ailyn Pérez (Alice) and Ambrogio Maestri (Falstaff) © Karen Almond | Met Opera
A welcome revival at the Met of Robert Carsen's witty production of Verdi's final opera. 
*****
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Sir John in Love: the fat knight returns to Covent Garden

Sir Bryn Terfel (Falstaff) and Rupert © ROH | Catherine Ashmore
Sir Bryn Terfel’s Falstaff is still a cherishable rogue as he takes on the title role in Robert Carsen’s joyous staging at the Royal Opera. 
****1
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Swan cruise: Lohengrin at Covent Garden

Jennifer Davis (Elsa) and Klaus Florian Vogt (Lohengrin) © ROH | Clive Barda
David Alden’s new production for The Royal Opera, referencing fascist Germany, is drab, but there are musical compensations. 
***11
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Too many doors: Don Giovanni in Oslo

Jakob Bloch Jespersen (Leporello) and Johannes Weisser (Don Giovanni) © Erik Berg
Despite some dramatic frustrations, at least in Oslo, Jones' production is saved by some truly outstanding singing.
***11
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Seriously funny: Glyndebourne's Rosenkavalier

Rachel Willis-Sørensen (The Marschallin) © Robert Workman | Glyndebourne Festival 2018
Strauss' mix of bedroom farce, comedy of manners and bittersweet musing about aging is acted and sung superbly in this revival of Richard Jones' production.
*****
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