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Buxton Festival celebrates 40th anniversary with Eugene Onegin

George Humphreys (Onegin) and Shelley Jackson (Tatyana) © Genevieve Girling
Every July, Buxton’s charming opera house hosts an international festival of opera, literature and the arts. This year the festival opened with a strong familiar favourite, Tchaikovsky’s Eugene Onegin.
****1
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A “Zeffirellian” Anna Bolena in Lausanne

Shelley Jackson (Anna Bolena) © Alan Humerose

Donizetti’s masterpiece finally debuts in Lausanne, with a traditional, luxurious production and a solid cast of young singers.

***11
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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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Grange Festival delivers an engaging Mansfield Park by Jonathan Dove

Shelley Jackson (Mary Crawford), Henry Neill (Edmund Bertram) and Martha Jones (Fanny Price) © Robert Workman
A newly-orchestrated version of Jonathan Dove’s chamber opera drew some impressive performances from Heritage Opera in this pared-down adaption of Jane Austen’s third novel.
****1
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A striking Carmen at Grange Festival

Marianne Croux (Frasquita), Na'ama Goldman (Carmen) and Filipa van Eck (Mercédès) © Robert Workman
Sex and violence bubbles beneath the surface in this near-faultless staging of Carmen
*****
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Majeski stars in a superb Santa Fe Capriccio

Maestro Leo Hussain’s translucent rendition of the score made Capriccio the crowning glory of the Santa Fe Opera Season.  
*****
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