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Mozart: Die Entführung aus dem Serail (The Abduction from the Harem)
John Andrews; Stephen Medcalf; English Touring Opera

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Mozart: Die Entführung aus dem Serail (The Abduction from the Harem)
John Andrews; Stephen Medcalf; English Touring Opera

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Mozart: Die Entführung aus dem Serail (The Abduction from the Harem)
John Andrews; Stephen Medcalf; English Touring Opera

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Mozart: Die Entführung aus dem Serail (The Abduction from the Harem)
John Andrews; Stephen Medcalf; English Touring Opera

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Mozart: Die Entführung aus dem Serail (The Abduction from the Harem)
John Andrews; Stephen Medcalf; English Touring Opera
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Monsters of the mind: Idomeneo at the Buxton Festival

Paul Nilon (Idomeneo) © Richard Hubert Smith
Stephen Medcalf directs a coherent staging of Mozart’s opera seria in which Idomeneo’s inner demons are to be battled. 
***11
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Country-house Ball: Verdi at Grange Park Opera

Claire Rutter (Amelia) and Vincenzo Costanzo (Riccardo) © Robert Workman
Grange Park Opera’s enjoyable new production of Verdi’s Un ballo in maschera looks a little homespun on stage, but has plenty of musical compensations.
***11
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Menotti's fiercely topical Consul at Guildhall

Michelle Alexander (Magda Sorel) © Clive Barda
Guildhall School of Music and Drama tackles Gian Carlo Menotti's rarity, a tale of stateless and paperless 'citizens of nowhere' seeking refuge amid Kafkaesque bureaucracy. 
****1
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Museum piece? Walküre at Grange Park Opera

Jane Dutton (Brünnhilde) and Thomas Hall (Wotan) © Robert Workman
Trophy room glass display cases and glassy-eyed stuffed animals are the setting for a distinctive take on Wagner's epic music drama. 
****1
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Apocalyptic Herculanum opens Wexford Festival Opera

Daniela Pini (Olympia) © Clive Barda | ArenaPAL
Excellent singing, dramatic sets and jolly music make this a rewarding revival of a long-forgotten opera, Herculanum by David. 
***11
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