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La forza dei Cristofori: Loy and Maltman raise hell

Yusuf Eyvasov (Don Alvaro) © ROH | Bill Cooper
Short of the three lead stars of its opening, The Royal Opera's La forza del destino remains a thrilling evening, powered by Christof Loy's interesting staging and virile singing from Christopher Maltman.
****1
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Outrageous fortune: stellar opening for Forza at Covent Garden

Jonas Kaufmann (Don Alvaro) and Anna Netrebko (Leonora) © ROH | Bill Cooper
The hottest opera ticket in London this season sees Jonas Kaufmann and Anna Netrebko reunited on the Royal Opera House's stage for the first time since 2008. It was worth the wait. 
*****
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Dieter Dorn’s Parsifal brings the full Monty to Monsalvat

Ruxandra Donose (Kundry) © Monika Rittershaus
Dieter Dorn’s staging robbed Wagner’s final masterwork of magic and mystery while Simon Rattle set new speed records.
***11
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A spirited Mikado revival at ENO

Miller eschews the oriental side of the tale, seeing The Mikado as a play on daft British eccentricity. 
***11
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A German in Paris: Siegfried at the Opéra Bastille

For those who view Wagner’s Ring Cycle in symphonic terms, Siegfried is often described as the third movement Scherzo: an episode of comedy in between the existential musings of Die Walküre and the action-packed, apocalyptic Götterdämerung. Last night’s performance at the Opéra Bastille in Paris gave us plenty of high comedy and much more besides.
****1
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