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ParisDon Giovanni

Mozart: Don Giovanni
Douglas Boyd; Deborah Cohen; Garsington Opera Company; Jonathan McGovern; David Ireland; Camila Titinger; Sky Ingram
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A flawed but interesting Don Giovanni from Garsington Opera

Jonathan McGovern (Don Giovanni) © Johan Persson
As a hybrid of brilliance and disappointment, this Don Giovanni is in a class of its own.
***11
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A finely sung Katya Kabanova in rust-bucket Russia

Laura Wilde (Katya) © James Glossop

Stephen Lawless' new production for Scottish Opera and Theater Magdeburg sets the action in the industrial wastelands of Russia. 

****1
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Anthropocene: a timely chiller from Scottish Opera

Jennifer France (Ice) © James Glossop

Climate change, challenged egos and a strange Ice woman tell a gruesome tale in Anthropocene, a finely sung new opera from Stuart MacRae, with libretto from Louise Welsh, set in the Arctic with a cinematic score.

***11
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Pratt and Albelo a dream bel canto partnership

The role of Elvira in Bellini's I puritani requires every weapon in the bel canto soprano's armoury: Jessica Pratt has it all!
****1
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A transcendent Parsifal from Nelsons and the CBSO

It’s probably best not to think too hard about the philosophical messages behind Parsifal, but Nelsons and the CBSO provide an emphatic reminder of how transcendent Wagner's music can be.
****1
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