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From Butterfly to Ice Princess: Netrebko scales spinto heights

Verismo: Anna Netrebko (DG 479 5015) Anna Netrebko’s clearly game for a laugh. Some time in 2015, the Russian soprano wrested control of her social media from the PRs. Her selfies reveal someone who doesn’t take life – or herself … Continue reading

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The peasants are revolting! Lalo and Coquard’s La Jacquerie revived by Palazzetto Bru Zane

Lalo/Coquard: La Jacquerie  Radio France/Palazzetto Bru Zane (ES 1023) Édouard Lalo wasn’t averse to a bit of recycling. He raided his 1868 opera Fiesque for both his Symphony in G minor and his most famous opera, Le Roi d’Ys. He … Continue reading

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London in Liverpool: Manze and RLPO launch new Vaughan Williams cycle in style

Vaughan Williams: Symphonies 2 & 8 RLPO/Andrew Manze (Onyx 4155) One of the most memorable of Proms concerts in recent years was a trio of Vaughan Williams’ symphonies conducted by Andrew Manze in 2012. He led the BBC Scottish quite … Continue reading

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Beyond Egmont: a semi-revival for Donizetti’s Le Duc d’Albe

Donizetti: Le Duc d’Albe (Opera Rara) European wrangles in Brussels are nothing new. In Donizetti’s Le Duc d’Albe, Brussels is under Spanish rule, Count Egmont has just been beheaded and his daughter, Hélène, is inciting a Flemish revolt. The hot-headed … Continue reading

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Nézét-Séguin and Jacobs scamper into Mozart’s harem

Mozart: Die Entführung aus dem Serail Mozart’s Singspiel Die Entführung aus dem Serail is suddenly flavour of the month. After a terrific new David McVicar production at Glyndebourne last summer, recent recordings find two conductors scampering into the harem, each with moments … Continue reading

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