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An intimate living room presentation of Poulenc's 1958 operatic monologue by the inaugural Cardiff Festival of Voice
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Never was private wealth better employed in the service of public culture
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To see and hear the Ring Cycle sung, played and performed at the extraordinary level reached by Opera North this summer is a very special musical experience indeed
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The second event in Esa–Pekka Salonen's Stravinsky series with the Philharmonia Orchestra and Voices was an exhilarating evening
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Goode's performance reflected the distillation of a lifetime's thought about how this difficult music should be approached
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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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