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Performer: Tassis Christoyannis

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AmsterdamRameau's Les fêtes d’Hébé

© Sandor Benko
Rameau: Les Fêtes d'Hébé, ou les Talens Lyriques
György Vashegyi; Purcell Choir; Orfeo Orchestra; Chantal Santon-Jeffery; Katherine Watson
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Finely etched: Berghaus' Barbiere at the Staatsoper

Jennifer Rivera (Rosina) and Colin Lee (Almaviva) © Monika Rittershaus (2010)
The inventiveness of Ruth Berghaus' classic staging is a clear as ever, even if this revival occasionally loses focus.
***11
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All good fun: a flesh-and-blood Falstaff at Müpa Budapest

Nicola Alaimo (Falstaff) © János Posztós, Müpa Budapest
The Iván Fischer Opera Company makes a triumphant foray into Verdi's oeuvre.
****1
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For whom the bell tolls at the Opéra Comique

Edgaras Montvidas (Conrad), Raphaëlle Delaunay (Fiammetta) and Tassis Christoyannis (Spiridion) © Pierre Grosbois
Palazzetto Bru Zane, spurred on by the zealous advocacy of conductor François-Xavier Roth, has turned to Saint-Saëns' very first opera, Le Timbre d'argent.
***11
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Rustic chivalry and clowns in Paris: Cavalleria Rusticana and Pagliacci

​In each case, you know the murder is coming. In each case the music is explosive and closes the opera: there is nothing left to say except Canio's simple words: "La commedia è finita.
****1
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An enduring Don Giovanni

Librettist Lorenzo Da Ponte billed Don Giovanni a “dramma giocoso,” literally a “jocular drama,” and, unsurprisingly, finding the balance between comedy and drama is the key to any good production.

Bru Zane fête ses dix ans avec éclat au Théâtre des Champs-Élysées

Le gala du Palazzetto Bru Zane au Théâtre des Champs-Élysées © Nicola Bertasi / Palazzetto Bru Zane
Deux clans se sont opposés à l'occasion des dix ans du Centre de musique romantique française, sur la scène du Théâtre des Champs-Élysées. Retour sur un gala haut en couleur.
*****
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