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The Silver Tassie makes a triumphant return

Ashley Riches and Louise Alder © BBC | Jamie Simonds
Mark-Anthony Turnage's First World War opera both moves and dazzles at the Barbican.
*****
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Flogging a dead horse: a new Salome at English National Opera

Allison Cook (Salome) © Catherine Ashmore
ENO's new production of Salome which opens the season features some commendable music-making, but is let down by a flawed concept and dull staging.
**111
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Restless commemoration from Benjamin and London Sinfonietta

George Benjamin and the London Sinfonietta © BBC/Chris Christodoulou
A programme of new music and 20th-century classics reflects on loss, war, inhumanity and redemption. 
*****
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The Skating Rink: Shivers up and down the spine

Alice Poggio (Skater) © Johan Persson
Tough, thrilling, ambitious and new: The Skating Rink is an exciting new major commission by Garsington, and its world première delivered on every level.
*****
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Crime, punishment, forgiveness, redemption: Dead Man Walking finally reaches London

Michael Mayes (Joseph de Rocher) © Mark Allan | Barbican
Jake Heggie's spectacular vocal writing combine with Terence McNally's perfectly paced libretto to provide intense music drama which forces you to confront darkness.
*****
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