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Prospect recommends: The best opera this month

Brett Dean’s Hamlet, with a libretto by Matthew Jocelyn, is Glyndebourne’s boldest commission to date

By Neil Norman   June 2017

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Die Fledermaus

Welsh National Opera, Cardiff 20th May to 28th June

Johann Strauss’s gorgeous operetta is like a combination of a Viennese chocolate cake and the Marx Brothers. Both Ernst Lubitsch and Michael Powell have filmed the story under different titles and last year’s production at Opera Holland Park successfully relocated the plot from 19th-century Vienna to 1930s London. But John Copley’s 2011 version for WNO was one of the most authentic and amusing versions available. This welcome revival includes Mary Elizabeth Williams as Rosalinde, Mark Stone as…

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