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Performer: Ryan McKinny

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A double bill anchored by Zoom at Houston Grand Opera

Jamie Barton in Bon Appétit! © Houston Grand Opera
Mezzo-soprano Jamie Barton seemed to have a lot of fun taking up the role of Julia Child once again. 
***11
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A #metoo Don Giovanni at Washington National Opera

Ryan McKinny (Don Giovanni) © Scott Suchman
Lots of people talk about keeping opera relevant. WNO shows why this opera always has been.
****1
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Uwe Eric Laufenberg’s Bayreuth take on Parsifal

Elena Panktratova (Kundry) and Andreas Schager (Parsifal) © Bayreuther Festspiele | Enrico Nawrath
Despite its enigmatic details, Bayreuth's Parsifal reaches a cathartic climax. 
****1
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Kitschy, bombastic, virtuosic: the LA Phil and Dudamel’s Mahler 8

Gustavo Dudamel © Vern Evans
Mahler's Eighth was the composer’s “gift to the nation”; Dudamel’s performance was a gift to Los Angeles. 
*****
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Adams’ dark Gold Rush opera arrives in Amsterdam

Girls of the Golden West © Ruth Walz
Dame Shirley’s texts are here sung by the young American soprano Julia Bullock whose pliable instrument and stylish way with words reveal an ideal storyteller.
***11
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The dark side of the gold: Girls of the Golden West

Davóne Tines (Ned Peters), Julia Bullock (Dame Shirley) © Cory Weaver | San Francisco Opera
Adams and Peter Sellars demand that the audience take a cold, hard look at the Gold Rush and the founding history of California.
****1
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