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Fans of opera and Sir Si­mon Rat­tle will not want to miss his much-an­tic­i­pated semi-staged pro­duc­tion of Ligeti’s Le grand macabre, di­rected by Peter Sel­lars, at the Bar­bican on March 14–15 (020–7638 8891;­

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Al­though pop­u­lar with some, King Cre­osote’s mix of folk-song in­no­cence, elec­tronic ef­fects and am­bi­ence sounds al­to­gether too know­ing for me. Bar­bican on Jan­uary 22 (020–7638 8891;­

Over the way at Covent Gar­den (020–7304 4000; www., the Royal Opera sails full speed ahead with the last few per­for­mances of Robert Carsen’s well-re­ceived pro­duc­tion of Strauss’s Der Rosenkava­lier (un­til Jan­uary 24), while from Jan­uary 13 to 30, Ge­orge Ben­jamin con­ducts his ex­quis­ite if eerie Writ­ten on Skin, re­viv­ing a work that has

elec­tri­fied the op­er­atic world, with so­prano Bar­bara Han­ni­gan repris­ing her mag­netic star­ring per­for­mance.

And fi­nally, from Fe­bru­ary 7 to March 2, An­gela Ghe­o­rghiu brings her diva al­lure to the ti­tle role of Cilea’s ro­man­tic, tragic Adri­ana Le­cou­vreur—the kind of glam­our that will cap­ti­vate even the most de­mand­ing con­tem­po­rary taste.

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