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Performer: Raimund Bauer

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Singularity
Srnka: Singularity
Patrick Hahn; Nicolas Brieger; Bavarian State Opera; Raimund Bauer; Malte Krasting; Opernstudio der Bayerischen Staatsoper; Klangforum Wien
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WNO tackles Vêpres but the vocal fireworks fail to ignite

Marine Tournet (dancer) and Giorgio Caoduro (Montfort) © Johan Persson
David Pountney completes his “Verdi trilogy” for the company but although his staging has fluidity, it lacks an explosive ending... and the vocal performances disappoint. 
***11
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Ballo II, the American cut: an indigestible staging at WNO

Gwyn Hughes Jones (Riccardo) and Mary Elizabeth Williams (Amelia) © Bill Cooper
Musically, WNO gets it right. Straightforward brilliance is the order of the day, and plenty of it.
***11
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From darkness to light: Mosè in Egitto in Naples

Carmela Remigio (Elcia) and Enea Scala (Osiride) © F. Squeglia
David Pountney’s 2014 staging was revived in Naples with good singing and empathetic conducting.
****1
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Wheel of Fortune: Preziosilla spins Pountney's Force of Destiny

Justina Gringyte (Preziosilla) © Richard Hubert Smith
When the entire plot is triggered by a freak accident, you can't blame director David Pountney for making Fate itself one of the key characters.  
****1
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Verdi’s Un Ballo in Maschera in Zurich: a danse macabre of pallid beauty

George Petean (Renato Anckarstroem) © Judith Schlosser
That both the lead and a second key role were ill and couldn’t sing did not bode well, yet this performance of Verdi’s Un Ballo in Maschera shook up the house nonetheless.
****1
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Guillaume Tell takes aim in Geneva

A striking staging of Rossini's Guillaume Tell at the Grand Théâtre in Geneva: well cast, beautifully sung and impeccably choreographed.
****1
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