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Carmen in Cardiff: WNO's powerful new production is a triumph

Virginie Verrez (Carmen) and Dimitri Pittas (Don José) © Bill Cooper
Virginie Verrez acted not with fire and ice but with gallic insouciance.
****1
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Un ballo in maschera showcases Opera Holland Park at its best

Anne Sophie Duprels (Amelia) and Matteo Lippi (Gustavo) © Ali Wright
Gaitanou’s direction of the singers is so exact that it becomes impossible to separate them from their characters.
*****
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Billy Budd finally drops anchor again at The Royal Opera

Jacques Imbrailo (Billy Budd) © ROH | Catherine Ashmore
After nearly two decades away from the Covent Garden stage, it was time Britten's Billy Budd came home, in a new production from Madrid by Deborah Warner. 
****1
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Sins of the fathers: Le Cid at Dorset Opera Festival

Leonardo Capalbo (Rodrigue) and Dorset Opera Chorus © Fritz Curzon
Dorset Opera Festival's bold decision to programme Massenet's obscure opera about a medieval Castilian hero proves to be a major success.
****1
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A girl next door: La bohème at Dorset Opera Festival

Lauren Michelle (Musetta) and Charles Johnston (Alcindoro) © Fritz Curzon
It's not easy to imagine a freezing Parisian attic when you're in the middle of the rolling Dorset countryside in a baking summer, but Dorset Opera's excellent production of Puccini's La bohème is atmospheric enough to do so.
****1
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A warm, but basic Figaro from ETO

Rachel Redmond (Susanna) and Nadine Benjamin (Countess) © Jane Hobson
ETO's production of Mozart's nuptial comedy, being performed in towns across the country, lacks depth but has some terrific singing with a particularly fine Susanna from Rachel Redmond.
***11
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