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Performer: Ray Chenez

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Operatic magic: Ercole Amante at the Opéra Comique

Nahuel di Pierro (Hercule) © S. Brion
Voices, orchestra staging: everything in this Ercole Amante is light and magic, to the great delight of the Salle Favart audience.
*****
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Handel's pasticcio Oreste in Bernburg at Halle Handel Festival

Carolina Lippo (Ifigenia) and Florian Köfler (Filotete) © Herwig Prammer
A staged performance of Handel’s pasticcio opera Oreste shows a strong narrative structure and provides a vehicle for promising young singers.
***11
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Porpora's Mitridate at Schloss Schwetzingen

David DQ Lee (Mitridate) and Yasmin Özkan (Semandra) © Sebastian Bühler
Propora's Mitridate at Schloss Schwetzingen lacks dramatic sense (blame librettist Cibber and director Spirei). But exciting music strongly delivered makes a case for more Porpora in the repertoire.
***11
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Hidden princes: Hasse's Demetrio from Opera Settecento

Ray Chenez © Julien Benhamou
The enterprising forces of Opera Settecento brought the nearly forgotten music of Hasse's Demetrio to the Cadogan Hall, and in the process showed that this composer can easily match his more popular contemporaries.
****1
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Grâce au Démon : Rubinstein sort de l'oubli à Bordeaux

Le Démon au Grand Théâtre de Bordeaux © Éric Bouloumié
Histoire touchante que celle de ce Démon à qui un Dieu particulièrement cruel refusera la rédemption par l’amour. Excellente distribution et mise en scène idoine pour cette belle redécouverte proposée par l’Opéra de Bordeaux.
****1
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