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A White House Rigoletto with some impressive voices

Mark S Doss (Rigoletto) © Richard Hubert Smith
Welsh National Opera brought a cast of strong voices to Birmingham for a production of Rigoletto intriguingly set in the White House of the 1960s. 
***11
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War and Peace: WNO comes to London to parade its wares

War and Peace © Clive Barda
It’s a small miracle that the production has been recreated so well in such a short time frame.
****1
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Ferocious intensity: Pountney's new War and Peace at WNO

Lauren Michelle (Natasha) and Jonathan McGovern (Prince Andrei) © Clive Barda
WNO make a compelling case for Prokofiev's gargantuan War and Peace.
*****
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The Enchantress charms in Naples

Maria Bajankina (Nastasya) © Teatro di San Carlo | Luciano Romano
A welcome opportunity to hear one of Tchaikovsky's less known operas in Naples.
***11
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A gloriously sung Rheingold at Lyric Opera

In spite of some questionable staging, Lyric Opera of Chicago opened its Ring cycle on a strong note with a stellar cast, notably featuring Eric Owens’ role debut as Wotan.
***11
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From the Somme's trenches: Iain Bell's In Parenthesis

David Jones' First World War epic poem comes to musical life in Iain Bell's newly-commissioned opera. 
****1
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