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Performer: Richard Jones

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MunichHänsel und Gretel

© Wilfried Hösl
Humperdinck: Hänsel und Gretel
Friedrich Haider; Richard Jones; Bavarian State Opera; John Macfarlane; Tara Erraught; Corinna Scheurle
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Garifullina's Musetta the highlight of Covent Garden's Bohème

Aida Garifullina (Musetta) © ROH | Tristram Kenton
This third revival of Richard Jones' production is thoroughly competent but struggles to rise above the routine.
***11
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Starry knight: a strong Lohengrin revival in Munich

Karita Mattila (Ortrud) and Anja Harteros (Elsa) © Wilfried Hösl
The Bavarian State Opera avoids the routine in a powerfully cast revival of Richard Jones' building-site production of Lohengrin.
****1
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The coronation and tragedy of Boris revived at Covent Garden

Bryn Terfel (Boris) and Roger Honeywell (Shuisky) © ROH | Clive Barda
A title role performance full of depth from Terfel and a barnstorming comic interlude from Tomlinson provide some great moments, but much of this Boris fails to rise above the ordinary.
***11
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Purves' Mephisto dominates La Damnation de Faust at Glyndebourne

Julie Boulliane (Marguerite), Allan Clayton (Faust) and actors © Richard Hubert Smith
Christopher Purves bosses the show as Méphistophélès; Richard Jones' production is intelligent and carefully thought through but ultimately unconvincing.
***11
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A vibrant, urgent Ariodante at Lyric Opera of Chicago

Brenda Rae (Ginevra) and Kyle Ketelsen (King of Scotland) © Cory Weaver
A revival of Richard Jones’ production of Handel’s emotionally probing opera. 
*****
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