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ViennaLe nozze di Figaro

Mozart: Le nozze di Figaro (The Marriage of Figaro)
Philippe Jordan; Jean-Pierre Ponnelle; Vienna State Opera; Andrè Schuen; Federica Lombardi
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Don Giovanni according to Ivo van Hove: a puritan despite himself?

Don Giovanni at Palais Garnier © Charles Duprat / Opéra national de Paris
Don Giovanni returns to the Palais Garnier. The production by Ivo van Hove lacks energy but is wonderfully served by a cast of great young talents.
***11
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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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"It must be so": Handel's Jephtha

Ian Bostridge (Jephtha) and Katherine Watson (Iphis) © Monika Rittershaus | Opéra national de Paris
Claus Guth's production of Handel's last oratorio lands in Paris, where William Christie leads Les Arts Florissants and a stellar cast. 
****1
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A rake's progress: Don Giovanni let loose in Aix

Eleanora Buratto (Donna Anna), Philippe Sly (Don Giovanni) and Isabel Leonard (Donna Elvira) © Pascal Victor | Artcompress
Jean-François Sivadier's pulsating new production propels The Don through his lusty adventures at a whirlwind pace. 
*****
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“Gloire à DiDonato”: Les Troyens in Strasbourg

Joyce DiDonato and John Nelson © Gregory Massat
Nothing is better than when Berlioz ramps up the decibels. With a huge orchestra and choir and a deluxe starry cast assembled in Strasbourg, this was a special performance. 
*****
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Pelly serves up a grey Béatrice et Bénédict

Berlioz's Béatrice et Bénédict is light and fluffy, making it perfect summer festival fare. Sadly, like a soggy soufflé, Pelly's one-trick staging soon falls flat.
***11
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