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80 years after its world premiere, Enescu's opera is being staged at the Royal Opera House for the first time
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Enescu's only opera, completed in 1936, finally arrives at Covent Garden in a magnificent co-production with La Monnaie first seen in Brussels in 2011. And what a masterpiece it is. Designed by Spanish-Catalan Alfons Flores and directed by Àlex Ollé, it opens with a tableau of 20 panels of sepia draped figures recalling a cathedral frontage where the Thebans celebrate the birth of a son to King Laïos and Queen Jocaste (memorably incarnated by Sarah Connolly), interrupted by the blind prophet Tirésias who predicts he will kill his father and marry his mother. Twenty years later, the abandoned Oedipus (a superb marathon sing by Danish bass-baritone Johan Reuter), learning of his destiny and believing himself to be the child of King Polybus and Queen Mérope flees.
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David McVicar's Glyndebourne production of Die Meistersinger premiered in 2011 to a deafening chorus of approval, but that was before people had seen Richard Jones's production for Welsh National Opera. While McVicar set the work in a lovingly recreated city of Wagner's time, Jones adopted a delicately surreal approach that allowed him to rivetingly illuminate Wagner's elaborate affirmation of the power of love and creativity.
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Anthony Minghella's sumptuous 'Madam Butterfly' has its sixth revival
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The young superstar pianist Benjamin Grosvenor turns his hand to directing from the keyboard ?
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The piece of classical music has proved a serial money-spinner for a succession of copyright owners, including the composer's brother's masseuse, her hairdresser husband and his second wife
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The entrants of this year's Kathleen Ferrier Awards are singers to watch out for
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Tim Albery's production of Wagner's Tannhäuser fits well with modern times
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The Borodin Quartet prove their unwavering high standards with a performance of Shostakovich
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