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Performer: Susan Bickley

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AmsterdamEarly Opera Company: Blow and Purcell

© Phill Poynter
Blow, Purcell
Christian Curnyn; Early Opera Company; Dame Sarah Connolly; Jonathan McGovern; Lucy Crowe; Susan Bickley

LondonSalomeNew production

Strauss R.: Salome
Martyn Brabbins; Adena Jacobs; English National Opera; Marg Horwell; Allison Cook; David Soar

LondonSolomon

Handel: Solomon
Early Opera Company Orchestra; Christian Curnyn; Lawrence Zazzo; Sophie Bevan; Susan Bickley; Richard Burkhard

LondonBBC SO Total Immersion rememberance WWI: The Silver Tassie

Turnage: The Silver Tassie
Ryan Wigglesworth; Ashley Riches; Sally Matthews; Claire Booth; Marcus Farnsworth

LondonKáťa KabanováNew production

Janáček: Káťa Kabanová
Edward Gardner; Richard Jones; Royal Opera; Antony McDonald; Amanda Majeski; Pavel Černoch
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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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Monteverdi on a doughnut: Ulysses fails to thrill

The Return of Ulysses © ROH & Roundhouse | Stephen Cummiskey
A series of ill-advised staging choices leads to a disappointingly drab performance of Monteverdi's Homeric epic.
**111
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A powerful Peter Grimes in Edinburgh

Curtain call of Peter Grimes © Beth Chalmers
Stuart Skelton’s visceral Peter Grimes is matched by a strong cast with thrilling playing and singing from the Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra under Edward Gardner.
****1
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