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NaardenBach's St Matthew Passion

Bach: St Matthew Passion, BWV244
Jos van Veldhoven; The Netherlands Bach Society; Kampen Boys Choir; Benjamin Hulett; Andreas Wolf
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Luxury casting in Aix for a radiantly transcendent St Matthew Passion

Even outstanding soloists had to wait their turn in this Rolls-Royce performance in Aix-en-Provence.
*****
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Great Britten: Death in Venice returns to Covent Garden

Benjamin Britten's final opera hasn't been staged by The Royal Opera in over 25 years, but his setting of Thomas Mann's Death in Venice receives a great new production by Sir David McVicar. 
*****
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Forsythe a truly overwhelming Semele at Festival O

James Darrah stages Handel's sensual oratorio for Festival O, a feast of wonderful singing. 
****1
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Prom 55: uneven soloists in Handel's Jephtha

Poor diction and lack of heft from some principals mar the composer's last great oratorio. 
***11
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Jolly hockey sticks! Orliński rules as Rinaldo at Glyndebourne

Robert Carsen's riotous production of Rinaldo returns to the Sussex Downs, a schoolboy fantasy colliding crusading knights with St Trinian's bad girls. 
****1
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Handel's somewhat rare oratorio Susanna in the Halle Handel Festival

Handel's oratorio Susanna is often considered to be less than consistently dramatic and this performance in the Halle Handel Festival did little to dispel that view.
***11
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