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In the footsteps of Hafez: exploring Persian poetry at Oxford Lieder

A deep-dive into the world of 14th-century Persian poet, Hafez, and his influence on song across the centuries. 
****1
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A delicious bite-sized chunk of romantic opera: The Telephone

Attractive music and delicious comedy abound in Scottish Opera's short film of Gian Carlo Menotti's 1947 comic opera, made for Edinburgh International Festival.
*****
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WNO’s Figaro revival crackles with humour and exudes joie de vivre

A solid Figaro in Cardiff, in which individual performances are a joy, and humour abounds. 
****1
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Timelessly timely: a dark and damning Rigoletto in Seattle

Using the misogyny and violence of Rigoletto to hold up a mirror to contemporary corruption, Lindy Hume's production overcomes its inconsistencies with a vivid blend of theatrical and musical values. 
****1
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Into the Woods: Hansel and Gretel at Grange Park Opera

Darkness sits alongside comedy in a new production of Humperdinck's delicious children's opera.
***11
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Songs of innocence and experience: Falstaff at Garsington

Bruno Ravella's fast-paced Falstaff for Garsington still has crucial space for pathos amid the comedy, with a notably subtle central performance from Henry Waddington.  
****1
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