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UnknownWorld Opera Day: Celebration Concert Act II

World Opera Day: Celebration Concert Act II
Sviridov, Gluck, Donizetti, Verdi, Sorozábal, Hankash, Somtow Sucharitkul
Nikolai Zemlyanskyh; Hera Hyesang Park; Vitor Mascarenhas; Siobhan Stagg

UnknownWorld Opera Day: Celebration Concert Act III

World Opera Day: Celebration Concert Act III
Bizet, Massenet, Mozart, Chesnokov, Beethoven, Traditional Irish, Puccini
Golda Schultz; Étienne Dupuis; Elsa Dreisig; William Guanbo Su

GhentDer Schmied von Gent

Schreker: Der Schmied von Gent
Alejo Pérez; Ersan Mondtag; Opera Vlaanderen; Leigh Melrose; Kai Rüütel; Vuvu Mpofu
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Christiane Lutz casts Rigoletto into the limelight as Charlie Chaplin

Nikoloz Lagvilava (Rigoletto) © Richard Hubert Smith
The tears of a clown behind the public mask? Glyndebourne's first ever production of Rigoletto takes the audience to Hollywood in the silent film era. 
***11
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How to stage magic: Glyndebourne's Rusalka

Sally Matthews (Rusalka) © Tristram Kenton
A welcome return to the Glyndebourne Festival for Melly Still's staging, which brings out the full emotional range of Dvořák’s fairytale of denial, heartbreak and forgiveness.
****1
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A fetching, inventive Magic Flute – with a dark side

Samantha Hay (The Queen of the Night) © Alastair Muir
Sinister aspects are stressed in Mozart's The Magic Flute at Leeds Grand Theatre directed by James Brining and conducted by Robert Howarth.
****1
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Pierre Audi’s new Parsifal grinds the gears in Munich

Nina Stemme (Kundry) © Ruth Walz
Instead of telling a story of spiritual enlightenment and ultimate redemption through faith, Pierre Audi's reading is bereft of mystery and magic.
****1
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One-shot saloon: Operalia triumph for the ladies

Operalia is a curious beast among voice competitions. Step onto the stage, belt out your aria and, before you’ve barely had time to acknowledge the applause, the next contestant shuffles along the conveyor belt. A one-shot saloon.