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A long road to nowhere for Igor at the Bastille

Ildar Abdrazakov (Igor) © Agathe Poupeney | Opéra de Paris
Barrie Kosky's makes a limited impact in his debut at Opéra de Paris, apart from an hallucinogenic Polovtsian Dances.
***11
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A study in black and terror in Naples

Natalia Kreslina (Katerina) © Luciano Romano
Many scenes could risk to be particularly disturbing,  but their overt brutality appeared functional, to the structure of the drama. A dark, gloomy story as unambiguously told as it should be.
****1
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Rites of Spring: Tcherniakov embraces Rimsky

Elena Manistina (Spring Beauty) and Aida Garifullina (Snegurochka) © Elisa Haberer | Opéra National de Paris
This Paris production of The Snow Maiden proves that director Dmitri Tcherniakov is today's greatest champion of Rimsky-Korsakov's operas. 
****1
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Finding release among the poppy fields

Ildar Abdrazakov (Prince Igor) © BAUS
Tcherniakov's moving production delves into the psychological rather than revelling in the spectacular. 
****1
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Loy's minimalist staging clarifies Khovanshchina in Amsterdam

Dimitry Ivashchenko (Ivan Khovansky) © Monika Rittershaus
Christof Loy’s minimalist staging for Khovanshchina at Dutch National Opera has the advantage of clarifying a reputedly fragmented plot. 
****1
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