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Performer: Rachel Nicholls

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Opera North
Beethoven: Fidelio
Mark Wigglesworth; Opera North; Rachel Nicholls; Toby Spence; Robert Hayward
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RomeTristan und Isolde

Wagner: Tristan und Isolde
Daniele Gatti; Pierre Audi; Teatro dell'Opera di Roma; Christof Hetzer; Rachel Nicholls; Andreas Schager
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Patience is a virtue in the Teatro Regio's marvellous Tristan und Isolde

Tristan und Isolde © Ramella & Giannese | Teatro Regio Torino
What distinguishes Noseda's Tristan most of all is especial balance in the orchestra and a transparency of sound that reveals the inner-workings of the music.
****1
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Sensitive Schreker and energetic Rachmaninov from the BBC SO

Ilan Volkov © Simon Butterworth
A dramatic new work from Nicola LeFanu with soprano Rachel Nicholls and the BBC Symphony Orchestra under Ilan Volkov, together with a fine account of Schreker's Nachtstück.
***11
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A rapturous Tristan und Isolde in Paris

At the basic level Tristan und Isolde is an opera of hormones, not happenings; fathoms deeper it explores human experience at a point where sense is dumb and flesh retires – as close to heaven and hell as it’s possible to go without first having to die.
****1
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Masaaki Suzuki and Bach Collegium Japan entrance

Masaaki Suzuki leads Bach Collegium Japan in delicate renderings of the Orchestral Suite no.3, the Double Concerto and the Magnificat that convince more in the slower passages.
***11
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Boris Godunov with a star British cast wows St Endellion

If Russia is a riddle wrapped in a mystery inside an enigma, then Boris Godunov is about five Russian dolls' worth.
*****
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A top quality rendering of Wagner's Meistersinger

With ENO having been in the news for all the wrong reasons last week,  it needed Richard Jones' The Mastersingers of Nuremberg to be a great production. Lit up by a towering performance by Iain Paterson, it is.
*****
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