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An intense Jeanne d'Arc au bûcher in Amsterdam

Stéphane Denève © SWR | Villa Berg
Stéphane Denève and the RCO gave a powerful, meticulously prepared performance of Honegger’s dramatic oratorio about Joan of Arc.
*****
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Marek Janowski returns to Weber’s Euryanthe

Emily Magee and Catherine Foster among the cast for Euryanthe in Dresden © Björn Kadenbach
Emily Magee was in glowingly refulgent voice as the 'damsel in distress', Euryanthe, in this concert performance of Weber's rarity. 
****1
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Patience is a virtue in the Teatro Regio's marvellous Tristan und Isolde

Tristan und Isolde © Ramella & Giannese | Teatro Regio Torino
What distinguishes Noseda's Tristan most of all is especial balance in the orchestra and a transparency of sound that reveals the inner-workings of the music.
****1
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A rapturous Tristan und Isolde in Paris

At the basic level Tristan und Isolde is an opera of hormones, not happenings; fathoms deeper it explores human experience at a point where sense is dumb and flesh retires – as close to heaven and hell as it’s possible to go without first having to die.
****1
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Marion Cotillard’s Joan of Arc in Honegger’s surrealist oratorio

Academy Award-winning actor Marion Cotillard's portrayal of Honegger's Joan of Arc was curious, exultant, yet unflinching. 
****1
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The Salzburg Festival's Die Frau ohne Schatten

Richard Strauss and Hugo von Hofmannsthal began their collaboration on Die Frau ohne Schatten (The Woman Without a Shadow) with utopian ambitions. Unfortunately they weren’t the same ones. For Hofmannsthal, this would finally be the opera where his poetry would be illuminated by rather than buried under the music.