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Performer: Stephen Unwin

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Impressive Rake’s Progress from British Youth Opera

Pedro Ometto (Trulove), Samantha Clarke (Anne) and Frederick Jones (Tom Rakewell) © Robert Workman
Fine performances from a confident cast brought some terrific singing as well as depth of characterisation in Stravinsky’s only full-length opera.
****1
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Obsession, isolation and terror at the Royal College of Music

Richard Pinkstone (Sandy), James Atkinson (Blazes) and Timothy Edlin (Arthur), different cast © Chris Christodoulou
Two contemporary operas give us darkness and death in riveting, inexorable performances. 
****1
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Poulenc and Chabrier get an eccentric outing

Harriet Eyley (Therese) © Chris Christodoulou
Stephen Unwin's straight direction and some talented young singers from the Royal Academy of Music Opera school made these two works a real treat. 
***11
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Gradually going flat: Lucia di Lammermoor

Amateur gangsters, but a nicely sung, if rather staid Lucia di Lammermoor at Buxton, worth seeing for its excellent mad scene.
**111
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Dvořák’s Jacobin delights Buxton Festival audience

The charm-ometer was cranked firmly to ‘high’ yesterday evening for the opening opera of this year’s Buxton Festival with a performance of The Jacobin, an opera close to Dvořák’s heart. 
****1
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Strauss' Intermezzo at Buxton Festival

Buxton, a small spa town in Derbyshire, has been home to one of the most imaginative and important festivals in Britain for over thirty years.
***11
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