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MadridPeter GrimesNew production

Peter Grimes
Britten: Peter Grimes
Ivor Bolton; Deborah Warner; Teatro Real; Michael Levine; Allan Clayton; Maria Bengtsson; Christopher Purves
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High WycombeFidelio from Garsington, recorded in September 2020

Toby Spence (Florestan) © Johan Persson
Beethoven: Fidelio
Douglas Boyd; Peter Mumford; Garsington Opera Company; Toby Spence; Richard Burkhard; Andrew Foster-Williams; Stephen Richardson
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Fidelio rescues Garsington Opera's 2020 festival

Toby Spence (Florestan) © Johan Persson
Peter Mumford's intelligent staging concept and a knockout performance by a reduced Philharmonia Orchestra made this a night to remember.
*****
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Even crazier than the books: Gerald Barry's Alice

Clare Presland, Claudia Boyle, Hilary Summers © ROH | Clive Barda
Barry goes for out-weirding Carroll at a fast and furious pace. There's plenty of fun and it's beautifully staged – but is that enough?
**111
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Absurd, unpleasant and wonderfully pertinent:

The Intelligence Park © ROH | Clive Barda
Almost 30 years since its last run, Gerald Barry’s The Intelligence Park makes a boisterous return to the stage. 
**111
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A mixed Manon Lescaut at Opera Holland Park

Elizabeth Llewellyn (Manon Lescaut) and Peter Auty (des Grieux) © Robert Workman
Opera Holland Park updates Puccini's setting to the 1960s in a production that does not completely work, but benefits from the strong performance of Elizabeth Llewellyn as its leading lady.
***11
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Last Rites: Puccini meets Stravinsky in Leeds

Vanessa Vince-Pang in The Rite of Spring © Tristram Kenton
A daring double bill from Opera North and Phoenix Dance Theatre pairs Jeanguy Saintus' new choreography for The Rite of Spring with a revival of Christopher Alden's production of Gianni Schicchi
****1
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It's grim up North: a heartbreaking Katya Kabanova in Leeds

Katie Bray (Varvara), Stephanie Corley (Katya) © Jane Hobson
Tim Albery's production for Opera North is well sung and superbly acted, involving us deeply in Janáček's tragic family drama.
****1
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