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If you know someone who is dipping a toe into the world of opera and wondering if it’s for them, then this release could clinch the deal. Filmed at Glyndebourne in 2012, it will appeal to lovers of a rich theatrical experience, not to mention comedy, as much as to the specialist looking to experience the musical deliciousness of Ravel. Laurent Pelly’s production of L’heure espagnole is truly funny in Caroline Ginet’s madhouse set, and L’enfant et les sortilèges is magical, with Barbara de Limburg’s witty designs scoring a hit. Stéphanie d’Oustrac’s Concepción is understatedly sexy, Elliot Madore’s hunky Ramiro just right, Alek Shrader’s Gonzalve enjoyably ghastly. They join Khatouna Gadelia’s behaviourally wayward but vocally secure Child in the second opera, alongside a series of fabulous cameos from Kathleen Kim, Paul Gay and François Piolino (the latter two also returning from L’heure), amongst many others. Kazushi Ono’s conducting enriches the joie de vivre.

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