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Luminous performances lift heavy-metal Pelléas

Jurgita Adamonytė (Mélisande) and Jacques Imbrailo (Pelléas) © Clive Barda
Stellar voices and orcheatra and some inspired staging choices elevate an otherwise heavy-handed production of Pelléas et Mélisande from the WNO at the Hong Kong Arts Festival.
****1
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A thrilling Don Giovanni at Welsh National Opera

Miklós Sebestyén (Commendatore) and Gavan Ring (Don Giovanni) © Richard Hubert Smith
A strong cast take us to the brink of damnation in Welsh National Opera’s revival of Don Giovanni.
****1
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An uncomplicated, thrilling Tosca from WNO

Claire Rutter (Tosca) and Mark S Doss (Scarpia) © Richard Hubert Smith
Carlo Rizzi conducts WNO's Tosca revival in Cardiff.
****1
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Wheel of Fortune: Preziosilla spins Pountney's Force of Destiny

Justina Gringyte (Preziosilla) © Richard Hubert Smith
When the entire plot is triggered by a freak accident, you can't blame director David Pountney for making Fate itself one of the key characters.  
****1
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Natalya Romaniw an imperious Tatyana

Natalya Romaniw (Tatyana) © Betina Skovbro
The cavernous Mayflower pit eats singers for breakfast and only Natalya Romaniw’s full-blooded Tatyana escaped its jaws unmarked
***11
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