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The Easter story told in song, a Handel rarity and Messiah, performed by top artists in churches and concert halls
Tried and Tested
Offenbach's cheerful operetta turns sour in a well-sung but skewed production, with Emma Rice making her debut as opera director
New works, a Beethoven commemoration, and a Lisztian tour de force at the piano head up the 10-month season
Laughter, suspense and great story-telling from Smetana, Mozart, Offenbach and Britten in four new productions
Messiah is often sung and played by enormous forces, but smaller ensembles like this bring an electrifying directness and pace to the great oratorio