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British audiences lucky enough to see a concert performance last year (minus an indisposed Gerhaher) will find Homoki’s stark, stylised production engrossing, with chalked faces, exaggerated costumes and a sinister puppet boy. Gerhaher completely inhabits the title role, darkening his magnificent voice when necessary, convincingly playing a man both beaten and numb. Barkmin looks and sounds perfect as Marie, easily negotiating a terrifying vocal assault course. Luisi’s pacing, balance and energy are spot-on. Essential viewing.

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