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Le Vin herbé Martin

Frank Martin never intended his intimate, 1941 ‘oratorio profane’, Le Vin herbé, to be staged – and it rarely is. Yet in director Polly Graham’s revelatory new production for Welsh National Opera, the work proves powerfully convincing as music drama, albeit of a nature far removed from any Wagnerian notion of the term

WELSH NATIONAL OPERA CARDIFF

UK

Music ****

Staging ****

Getting physical: Tom Randle and Caitlin Hulcup as Tristan and Iseult
Photography by Robert Workman
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Christophe Rousset celebrates a quarter century at the forefront of the Early Music scene with Les Talens Lyriques; Sir John Eliot Gardiner takes Monteverdi’s three surviving operas on tour around the world; and our guide to the brightest and best opera festivals of 2017. Plus, remembering the velvet voice of Swedish tenor Nicolai Gedda; individuality and imagination in the songs of Arthur Sullivan; Debussy’s ravishing Pelléas lets down its hair at Garsington; American baritone Scott Hendricks shares his love of playing bad boys; the art of the librettist; British conductor Nicholas Chalmers; and an 80th birthday tribute to Grace Bumbry.
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