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Montreal audience elated with OSM's Messiah

Paul McCreesh conducts the OSM © Antoine Saito
It is a high order to mount a captivating performance of a work so widely known and performed as Handel's Messiah
****1
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A florid perversity: Barrie Kosky fires up Die Gezeichneten in Zurich

John Daszak Alviano) © Monika Rittershaus
Barrie Kosky’s production of Franz Schreker’s Die Gezeichneten (The Branded) is in keeping with what was long considered one of the early 20th century’s most scandalous works. 
****1
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Guth's FroSch arrives at Unter den Linden

Sarah Grether (Weiße Gazelle) and Camilla Nylund (Die Kaiserin) © Hans Jörg Michel (2017)
Guth's incisive staging of Strauss and Hofmannsthal's grandest opera proves a moving and detailed experience at its transfer to the reopened Staatsoper. 
****1
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Journey to nowhere: Il viaggio a Reims at the Deutsche Oper

Il viaggio a Reims © Thomas Aurin
The Deutsche Oper's production of Rossini's sparkling occasion piece is big on gags but short on stardust.
***11
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A one-woman show: Lucia di Lammermoor

Klára Kolonits's marvellous Lucia is the only thing brightening the bleak performance of the Hungarian State Opera's new Lucia di Lammermoor.
**111
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A searing Jenůfa at ENO

In Janáček's searing excoriation of small town social mores, superb orchestra, singing and acting make this revival of David Alden's Jenůfa into an unmissable evening of opera.
*****
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