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Performer: Robert Howarth

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Santiago de CompostelaMesías Participativo

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Handel: Messiah
Real Filharmonía de Galicia; Mireia Barrera; Elisa Wilson; Catherine Hopper; Guy Cutting; George Humphreys
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A fetching, inventive Magic Flute – with a dark side

Samantha Hay (The Queen of the Night) © Alastair Muir
Sinister aspects are stressed in Mozart's The Magic Flute at Leeds Grand Theatre directed by James Brining and conducted by Robert Howarth.
****1
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Agrippina triumphs at The Grange Festival

Anna Bonitatibus (Agrippina) © Robert Workman
A resounding success at its 1709 première, Handel’s Agrippina gripped the ear and dazzled the eye at the Grange Festival in a hugely entertaining and powerful performance.
*****
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AAM tackle Monteverdi

Robert Howarth © Robert Workman
Sublime orchestral playing and stellar soloists don't quite make up for a lacklustre performance by the Academy's choir in Monteverdi's moving work
***11
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Mixed Bach from the AAM in Cambridge

The Academy of Ancient Music © Marco Borggreve
Music written by Bach for the Collegium Musicum, and also for the first Sunday after Easter, was played with skill and flourish by this exceptional orchestra;  sadly, the singing was not consistently good enough to match. 
***11
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Zürich Opera gives virtuosic ensemble performance in Monteverdi's Ulisse

Seeing Zürich Opera’s new production of Monteverdi’s Il ritorno d'Ulisse in Patria made me wonder why this is the least performed of Monteverdi's three surviving operas. 
****1
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