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A striking Lucia di Lammermoor in Basel

Rosa Feola (Lucia) © Sandra Then
For his new production of Donizetti’s Lucia di Lammermoor in Basel, director Olivier Py underscored an emotive kaleidoscope of events with unparalleled creativity and imagination. 
****1
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Hailing from No-man’s land: Pelléas et Mélisande in Basel

Andrew Foster-Williams (Golaud), Elsa Benoit (Mélisande) and Rolf Romei (Pelléas) © Priska Ketterer
Debussy’s Pelléas et Mélisande emerges from an almost transcendent realm and creates a languorous atmosphere, even if it leaves some questions unanswered and realities unexplored
****1
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Love finds a balm for pain in Basel

Bryony Dwyer (Morgana) and Nicole Heaston (Alcina) © Priska Ketterer
Lydia Steier’s colourful production of Alcina in Basel was as much a lesson in conflict resolution as it was in the power of love.
***11
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A noble case for civil disobedience

Nicholas Crawley (Parsi Rustomji), Rolf Romei (Gandhi) and Eastman © Koen Broos
Even forty years after its world première in Rotterdam, Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui’s new production of Philip Glass’s three-act opera in Basel has particularly timely relevance.
*****
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An elemental ancient ritual

Steffen Höld, Michael Wächter, Chor des Theater Basel, Basel Sinfonietta © Sandra Then
Based on the ancient tragedies by Aeschylus, Oresteia makes a great case for composer Iannis Xenakis’s concept of “total theatre”.
****1
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Sexism and callousness in Theater Basel's Don Giovanni

Biagio Pizzuti (Leporello) and Riccardo Fassi © Priska Ketterer
In Richard Jones' production of Don Giovanni at Theater Basel, it was the singers alone who stole the limelight.
***11
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