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Polished Porgy: Gershwin triumphs in Surrey

Laquita Mitchell (Bess) and Musa Ngqungwana (Porgy) © Richard Hubert Smith

Grange Park Opera’s new production of Gershwin’s Porgy and Bess makes for a searingly effective evening of music and drama.

****1
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Revolutionary jungle fever: Verdi's Alzira in Buxton

James Cleverton (Gusmano) and Jung Soo Yun (Zamoro) © Richard Hubert Smith
A spirited account of Verdi's early opera in its first professional UK staging, nowhere near as “ugly” as Verdi would have had us believe. 
****1
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Romantic love blooms in the lost garden of West Horsley

Olena Tokar (Juliette) and David Junghoon Kim (Roméo) © Robert Workman
Olena Tokar's assured coloratura made an immediate success of the waltz with her convincingly adolescent appearance, rhythmic verve and stylish phrasing.
***11
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Lise Davidsen utterly captivating as Medea at Wexford Festival

Lise Davidsen (Medea), Rioch Kinsella and Anthony Kenna © Clive Barda
A fascinating modern production of Cherubini's masterpiece Medea. Lise Davidsen is especially noteworthy while the rest of the cast give luminous performances. 
****1
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Verdi's Macbeth at Buxton International Festival

Jung Soo Yun (Macduff) and the company © Robert Workman
A searing, edge-of-your-seat spinetingler from Elijah Moshinsky makes the strongest possible case for Verdi's first Macbeth, ideally suited to the proportions of Buxton's beautiful Opera House.
*****
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