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Written on Skin: A modern operatic classic makes Berlin debut

Georgia Jarman © Adam Janisch
With a semi-staged production, directed by Benjamin Davis, the Mahler Chamber Orchestra has also been bringing George Benjamin's opera to concert hall audiences.
****1
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Songs of innocence and experience: Falstaff at Garsington

Henry Waddington (Falstaff) © Clive Barda
Bruno Ravella's fast-paced Falstaff for Garsington still has crucial space for pathos amid the comedy, with a notably subtle central performance from Henry Waddington.  
****1
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Witty and poignant tale of airport life at Scottish Opera

Jennifer France (The Controller) © James Glossop
Jonathan Dove’s witty Flight at Scottish Opera is finely sung by a tight ensemble with standout performances from Jennifer France and James Laing.
****1
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Devilishly good fun: The Rake's Progress

Jonathan Lemalu (Nick Shadow) and Robert Murray (Tom Rakewell) © Catherine Ashmore
A compelling and energetic debut production from a new opera company in the raddled surroundings of Wilton's Music Hall.
****1
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Don Giovanni all at sea

John Savournin (Leporello) and Ashley Riches (Don Giovanni) © Robert Workman
Mozart's Don Giovanni is transported by director Oliver Platt to The Queen Mary in the 1930s. It looks handsome enough, but the concept is flawed.
**111
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A grisly love triangle: Written on Skin

The Royal Opera's first revival of George Benjamin's medieval shocker is characterised by stellar singing performances, notably from Barbara Hannigan and Iestyn Davies.
****1
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