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Excellent cast crowns The Royal Opera's Ariodante in concert

Chen Reiss © ROH | Tristram Kenton
It’s the title character rather who gets the best tunes in Ariodante and Irish mezzo-soprano Paula Murrihy ate them up. 
*****
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Royal Opera's A New Dark Age is a powerful cantata for our time

Peter Brathwaite in The Knife of Dawn © ROH | Tristram Kenton
The Royal Opera House responds to current global turmoil with a double bill by four women composers. Baritone Peter Brathwaite delivers a tour de force in The Knife of Dawn and A New Dark Age is a powerful emotional journey.
***11
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A live audience returns to Covent Garden

Jonathan McGovern in Apollo and Daphne © ROH | Tristram Kenton
Christine Rice gives an astonishingly performance in an evening of four powerful chamber pieces.
****1
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Pappano leads The Royal Opera's return to action

Aigul Akhmetshina © Royal Opera House
After a few streamed events with chamber forces, the full orchestra and chorus returned to the House – albeit not in their usual positions – for an entertaining fundraising gala.
****1
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Aleksandra Kurzak impresses in latest Covent Garden Traviata revival

Aleksandra Kurzak taking her curtain call © Mark Pullinger
In its 25th anniversary season, Richard Eyre's production continues to attract the world's great sopranos to the role of Violetta, the latest being Aleksandra Kurzak. 
****1
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JPYA make a decent fist of Handel's Susanna in the Linbury Theatre

Patrick Terry (Joacim) and Masabane Cecilia Rangwanasha (Susanna) © ROH | Stephen Cummiskey
The evening’s most unbuttoned applause was reserved for two native anglophone artists, countertenor Patrick Terry and bass-baritone Michael Mofidian.
***11
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