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Performer: Stuart Skelton

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Rattle conducts a Jenůfa to sear the soul at the Staatsoper Berlin

Camilla Nylund (Jenůfa) and Evelyn Herlitzius (Kostelnička) © Bernd Uhlig
Although Damiano Michieletto's new production resembles an expensive drama workshop, it’s the marvellous performances that make this such a moving Jenůfa.
****1
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True Grimes: a gripping semi-staging of Britten’s opera

Erin Wall (Ellen), Stuart Skelton (Peter Grimes) and Samuel Winter (John) © Mark Allan | Southbank Centre

A psychologically penetrating semi-staging of Britten’s Peter Grimes from leading soloists, the Bergen Philharmonic and its chief conductor Ed Gardner laid bare the opera’s music and drama.

****1
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Prom 18: Time stands still in Das Lied von der Erde

Edward Gardner © BBC | Chris Christodoulou
The final song seemed to last both an eternity and no time at all.
****1
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Reuter and Schöck turn up the heat in Die Walküre in Budapest

Johan Reuter (Wotan), Catherine Foster (Brünnhilde) © Szilvia Csibi, Müpa Budapest
Six excellent singers bring out the best in Wagner's dramatic narrative, marred only by a Ride of the Valkyries that fails to convince.
****1
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Quiet tragedy: Robert Wilson's Otello in Baden-Baden

Sonya Yoncheva (Desdemona) and Stuart Skelton (Otello) © Lucie Jansch
Zubin Mehta conducts Verdi's Otello in an iconic Robert Wilson production of stylized theater where less is more. The effect was mesmerizing.  
****1
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Three Austrians from three centuries

Sakari Oramo © Benjamin Ealovega
Even in a flawed performance, The Song of the Earth fills the hearer with its life-affirming carpe diem message.
***11
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