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‘I thought the bombings were over’: war returns to Kyiv
The opera house reopened, cafes were full and life felt back to normal until Sunday’s missile strikes

Lorenzo Tondo in Kyiv

27, Jun, 2022 @12:24 PM

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The week in classical: Rusalka; Pekka Kuusisto / London Chamber Orchestra; LCMF
A visceral production of Dvořák’s opera about a love-stricken water nymph; a jolly evening with the Finnish violinist and conductor; and a journey to the outer limits

Fiona Maddocks

25, Jun, 2022 @11:30 AM

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Cork Midsummer festival review – ambitious shows make for an invigorating comeback
From reflections on exile to an erotic turn in a lighthouse and a play about the stark reality of war, the festival makes a dramatic return

Helen Meany

23, Jun, 2022 @10:58 AM

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Aldeburgh festival review – Gavin Higgins’ Faerie Bride brings otherworldly aura to Aldeburgh
Based on the Lady of the Lake, Higgins’ new cantata was lyrical and highly atmospheric, while Graham Fitkin’s works for two pianos were scintillatingly energetic

Rian Evans

19, Jun, 2022 @4:33 PM

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Rusalka review – Natalya Romaniw is a rapturously magnificent water nymph
Romaniw unleashes an overwhelming torrent of sound and emotion in a spectacular production that imbues Dvořák’s fairytale with sinister magic

Tim Ashley

19, Jun, 2022 @11:19 AM

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The week in classical: La bohème; Madama Butterfly; The Excursions of Mr Brouček – review
Puccini’s story of doomed love is burdened by an oppressive set and a new character, but elsewhere his Japanese tragedy is brilliantly performed. Meanwhile Janáček’s farcical landlord is a hoot

Fiona Maddocks

18, Jun, 2022 @11:30 AM

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A knight’s tale: Brindley Sherratt on the stamina and storytelling of Wagner’s Parsifal
The bass is singing Gurnemanz in Wagner’s epic final opera. How do you get to grips with the challenges of such a demanding role – and still not get the best dressing room?

Brindley Sherratt

15, Jun, 2022 @9:00 AM

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Lie back and think of the apocalypse: climate crisis opera Sun & Sea
It scooped the Golden Lion at Venice and now the beach-set spectacular is bringing its burned-out workers and decadent globetrotters to the UK. But why does no one clap?

Stuart Jeffries

15, Jun, 2022 @5:00 AM

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Tamerlano review – Handel’s darkest opera at the Grange festival
Two superb countertenors enact the love-hate relationship between the emperor and his rival in Daniel Slater’s superbly acted and sung production

Tim Ashley

13, Jun, 2022 @9:07 AM

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‘How can I not get enraged?’ Russian director Serebrennikov on war, exile and his new opera
Despite run-ins with the authorities Kirill Serebrennikov stayed put – until the invasion of Ukraine

Pjotr Sauer in Amsterdam

13, Jun, 2022 @8:14 AM

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La Bohème review – Death stalks Puccini’s lovers at Glyndebourne
Floris Visser’s new production puts a dark spin on this story of doomed lovers – which only heightens the life-affirming vibrancy of the music

Erica Jeal

12, Jun, 2022 @3:51 PM

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The week in classical: Parsifal; Eugene Onegin; Scriabin: Poems of Ecstasy and Fire
Opera North’s new Wagner production is one to remember; OHP take on Tchaikovsky’s perfect opera; and Bold Tendencies go to town with Scriabin’s synaesthesia

Fiona Maddocks

11, Jun, 2022 @11:30 AM

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