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Venue: Oslo Opera House, Main Stage

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OsloThe Queen Sonja International Music Competition 2021 - Final concert

The Queen Sonja International Music Competition 2021 - Final concert
Contestants of the Queen Sonja International Music Competition, Vocals
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Alone and in love: Christoph Loy’s compelling new Onegin in Oslo

Svetlana Aksenova (Tatyana) and Audun Iversen (Onegin) © Erik Berg
Chrisoph Loy's new Oslo production of Eugene Onegin only somewhat succeeds in its desire to create a meditation on loneliness, but superb musical performances still make it an utterly compelling piece of music theatre.
****1
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On the waterfront: A Sea Symphony in Oslo

Norwegian National Opera Orchestra © Jörg Wiesner
Ralph Vaughan Williams' towering A Sea Symphony and the orchestra of the Norwegian National Opera and Ballet capped off the Oslo opera season in a singularly loud fashion. 
***11
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Too many doors: Don Giovanni in Oslo

Jakob Bloch Jespersen (Leporello) and Johannes Weisser (Don Giovanni) © Erik Berg
Despite some dramatic frustrations, at least in Oslo, Jones' production is saved by some truly outstanding singing.
***11
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Maybe it’s make-believe: a curious Norma in Oslo

Hrachuhí Bassénz (Norma) © Erik Berg
The first staging of Bellini's Norma in Oslo in over a century is unfortunately hampered by an irritating production, yet some glorious singing does much to rescue the show.
**111
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Into the abyss: a harrowing Wozzeck in Oslo

Asmik Grigorian (Marie) and Audun Iversen (Wozzeck) © Erik Berg
Christoph Loy's Oslo production of Wozzeck is a dramatic triumph, with gripping performances from a cast led by Audun Iversen's desperate title character.
*****
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An underwhelming Barber in Oslo

Joshua Hopkins (Figaro) © Joerg Wiesner
François de Carpentries' Oslo production of The Barber of Seville was both unfunny and underwhelming. 
**111
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Bieito's Tosca: A web of white packing tape

Claudio Sgura (Scarpia) © Erik Berg
Calixto Bieito's Tosca, despite an intriguingly modern setting, fails to make sparks fly.
***11
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Keeping up appearances: Pelléas et Mélisande

Susanna Hurrell (Mélisande) and Edward Nelson (Pelléas) © Erik Berg
After over a century, Debussy's Pelléas et Mélisande finally received its Norwegian première in a fascinating production by Barbora Horáková Joly.
****1
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