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Performer: Susan Bickley

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LondonBartók and Strauss: Dances of Desire

© Peter Knutson
Bartók, Strauss R.
Philharmonia Orchestra; Jakub Hrůša; Malin Byström; Susan Bickley; Peter Hoare; Philharmonia Voices

CardiffThe Nightingale | Bluebeard's CastleNew production

Stravinsky, Bartók
Tomáš Hanus; David Pountney; Welsh National Opera; Niki Turner; Olga Pudova; Benjamin Hulett

CardiffThe NightingaleNew production

Stravinsky: Le Rossignol (The Nightingale)
Tomáš Hanus; Mark Down; Welsh National Opera; Olga Pudova; Susan Bickley; Benjamin Hulett; David Ireland

LondonThe Nightingale | Bluebeard's CastleNew production

Stravinsky, Bartók
Tomáš Hanus; David Pountney; Welsh National Opera; Niki Turner; Olga Pudova; Benjamin Hulett

RomeThe Rake's ProgressNew production

Stravinsky: The Rake's Progress
Daniele Gatti; Graham Vick; Teatro dell'Opera di Roma; Chen Reiss; Juan Francisco Gatell; Markus Werba; Adriana di Paola
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Comedy with knobs on: English National Opera's new Figaro

Colin Judson (Don Basilio), Louise Alder (Susanna) and Johnathan McCullough (Count Almaviva) © Marc Brenner
A witty, insightful production at the Coliseum fizzes with comedy and pathos. 
****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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The Grange Festival's Falstaff hits all the right notes

Robert Hayward (Falstaff) © Clive Barda
Comic opera can fall flat, but if The Grange Festival's new production of Verdi's final masterpiece is a total delight, with a strong concept and a strong cast. This is country-house opera at its best.
*****
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Two great debuts, not enough drama: Katya Kabanova at ROH

Amanda Majeski (Katya) © ROH | Clive Barda
Amanda Majeski is magnificent in the title role; Ed Gardner shows total master of Janáček's music. But that's not enough to rescue a poorly thought out Richard Jones production.
***11
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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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