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Performer: Renata Pokupić

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SavonlinnaGiulio Cesare

Savonlinna Opera Festival
Handel: Giulio Cesare in Egitto, (Julius Caesar in Egypt) HWV 17
Ville Matvejeff; Marin Blažević; Croatian National Theatre Ivan pl. Zajc; Dalibor Laginja; Sandra Dekanić; Anamarija Knego; Dubravka Šeparović Mušović
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A staged Messiah that sheds little light on Handel's oratorio

Messiah © Monika Kolstad
Netia Jones is a visionary stage practitioner, but this show is a rare misjudgement.
***11
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Agrippina meets Dynasty in Antwerp

Agrippina © Annemarie Augustijns
Opera Vlaanderen revives a production of Handel's Agrippina based on American soap operas of the 1980s.
****1
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Perfect Baroque: a memorable Theodora in Edinburgh

Scottish Chamber Orchestra and Chorus were on top form, joined by a team of Baroque soloists under Handel expert Harry Bicket to produce a memorable Theodora.
****1
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David McVicar and John Eliot Gardiner give us an enjoyable Figaro at Covent Garden

If Count Almaviva (to say nothing of Don Giovanni) were alive today, he might perhaps enlist Richard Dawkins to defend his behaviour. We know from evolutionary biology that the male stands the best chance of passing on his genes if he has many partners, the female if she can keep the male around to help raise the children he’s had with her.
****1
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Classical Opera explore Mozart's music for castrati

Classical Opera’s well-attended concert at the Wigmore Hall was intriguingly titled “Mozart’s Castrati”.
****1
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Così fan tutte – e sempre!

I hear that both you and your friend are getting married to wealthy and pretty ladies from Washington DC?My heartiest congratulations, gentlemen! As my early wedding gift, allow me to offer you some marriage wisdom: when your beloved betray you, remember to forgive them and keep living happily ever after.Don’t believe in betrayal? Well, then, allow me to prove my point.
***11
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