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Performer: Wendy Bryn Harmer

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Prokofiev's commedia dell’arte showpiece in Philadelphia

Barry Banks (Truffaldino) and Katherine Pracht (Pincess Linetta) © Kelly & Massa for Opera Philadelphia
Alessandro Talevi production for Festival O has sight gags and vaudeville tricks aplenty and features splendid voices in a fine cast. 
*****
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Flute still mesmerizing at The Met

Markus Werba (Papageno) © Richard Termine | Metropolitan Opera
The musical experience was dominated by the imagery making spectators feel, at least at times, overwhelmed.
****1
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Götterdämmerung at Seattle Opera is the perfect end to an extraordinary Ring

Wagner famously idealized the concept of the “Gesamtkunstwerk”, a total work of art that incorporates many artistic media into a single piece. He would have appreciated Seattle Opera’s production of Götterdämmerung.
*****
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Seattle Opera's Ring cycle begins well with a stunning, locally inspired Rheingold

Some Ring cycles are based on ideological concepts; Seattle Opera’s current Ring cycle is based on a place. That place is the Pacific Northwest of the United States, home to such extraordinary natural beauty that stage director Stephen Wadsworth has deemed it fit for the gods.
****1
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The Met: Götterdämmerung

The word Götterdämmerung contextually translated becomes “twilight of the gods”, and Thursday night’s story at the Met was indeed full of endings: the conclusion of the saga of the ring and the end of several lives, human and god alike.
****1
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