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March 2018
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Reviewed in Zurich

Holliger’s new Lunea: pages from a poet’s Life

Christian Gerhaher (Lenau) © Paul Leclaire
Heinz Holliger’s Lunea, which recently premiered at the Zurich Opera House, is “not an opera”, or so the ground-breaking Swiss composer contends.
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Reviewed in London

An oppressive, living hell at Covent Garden

Johan Reuter (Šiškov) © ROH | Clive Barda
Johan Reuter is gripping in Krzysztof Warlikowski's powerful vision of the universal, timeless horrors of prison, but visual clutter distracts from Janáček’s music.
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Reviewed in New York

Elektra's misery: up close and personal at The Met

Christine Goerke (Elektra) and Mikhail Petrenko (Orest) © Karen Almond | Metropolitan Opera
"She commands the stage, she commands the notes, she commands the tension": Christine Goerke's portrayal of Elektra haunts The Met. 
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Opera Festival highlights for Summer 2018

Glyndebourne © Mark Pullinger
Country opera house picnics, floating stages and opera under the French stars. Our 2018 opera festivals guide has something for everyone!

In at the deep end: Anita Rachvelishvili

Anita Rachvelishvili © Jiji Rejini
Mezzo-soprano Anita Rachvelishvili reflects on her big break at La Scala and talks about the new Verdi roles she's been adding to her repertoire. 

Dimitri Platanias on singing Verdi

Dimitri Platanias
Greek baritone Dimitri Platanias is currently singing Rigoletto at Covent Garden. He explains what it means to be a Verdi baritone and talks about his favourite roles. 

Bryan Hymel on doing the verismo double

Bryan Hymel © Dario Acosta
Hymel’s career-defining moment came in 2012 when he replaced Jonas Kaufmann a new production of Les Troyens. His career hasn't looked back since. 

John Nelson on an epic operatic undertaking

John Nelson rehearsing Les Troyens © Gregory Massat
There’s nobody on the planet who’s conducted Berlioz’s epic opera The Trojans more than John Nelson.

Breathing life into The Snow Maiden

Aida Garifullina © Simon Fowler | Decca
Ahead of her Paris Opéra debut in a new production of Rimsky-Korsakov's The Snow Maiden, we speak to Aida Garifullina about Operalia and her favourite Russian repertoire. 

Ermonela Jaho on her heartbreaking soprano roles

Ermonela Jaho © Fadil Berisha
Albanian soprano Ermonela Jaho is renowned for heartfelt performances as some of opera's most tortured soprano roles, especially Violetta in La traviata, the opera in which she sprang to fame in London when she jumped in for an indisposed Anna Netrebko. 

Anna Bonitatibus on Rossini

Anna Bonitatibus © Frank Bonitatibus
Anna Bonitatibus talks about the composer dearest to her heart, Rossini: his operas, his false modesty and the challenges of singing his music.

Lisette Oropesa on Donizetti’s heroines

Lisette Oropesa © Jason Homa
In November, Lisette Oropesa made her Royal Opera debut, performing the title role in Lucia di Lammermoor. Here, she discusses her Donizetti roles along with casting problems and critics concerned with looks over voice. 

Opera on the West Coast: the state of the art

Dorothy Chandler Pavilion, home of LA Opera © David Karlin | Bachtrack Ltd
The opera General Directors of Seattle, San Francisco, Los Angeles and San Diego tell us about their audiences, their productions, painting a picture of opera on the West Coast that is both different and in rude health.

Singing the unhinged: Stuart Skelton

As Otello, ENO, 2014 © Francis Loney
Stuart Skelton doesn't think he's an actor – but he does push audiences to the limit of their emotional pain threshold. Ahead of singing Otello in Bergen, Skelton tells us how and why. 

“It’s not a Cinderella story”: Kristine Opolais

Kristine Opolais © Tatyana Vlasova
Latvian soprano Kristine Opolais shot to international fame in 2010 in Dvořák’s Rusalka at the Bavarian State Opera. She talks to us having recently performed the role in Mary Zimmerman’s much anticipated new production at The Met.

Ferruccio Furlanetto on a lifetime with Philip II

Ferruccio Furlanetto © Igor Saharov
The great Italian bass talks about his relationship with Philip II in Verdi's Don Carlos, and about other seminal roles.

“Violetta is my life's work”: Corinne Winters

Corinne Winters © Fay Fox
Corinne Winters shot to fame when she starred in Peter Konwitschny’s controversial staging of La traviata at ENO and it’s the character of Violetta which is the focus of our conversation.

Carlo Rizzi’s view from the pit

Carlo Rizzi © Tessa Traeger
Carlo Rizzi's talks about directors, audiences and the art of conducting Italian opera ahead of a busy spring schedule.

Joseph Calleja on the genius of Puccini

Joseph Calleja © Simon Fowler | Decca
“Everything you hear about me is true!” Joseph Calleja reflects on taking on the role of Cavaradossi as well as discussing other Puccini roles and the way his voice has developed. 

The young face of LA Opera: Matthew Aucoin

Matthew Aucoin © Steven Laxton
Aucoin was just 26 when he started his three years as Artist in Residence at LA Opera. He talks to us about composition, poetry, conducting and the Los Angeles appetite for new music.

Dominique Meyer innovates at Wiener Staatsoper

Dominique Meyer © Wiener Staatsoper / Michael Pöhn
The Director of the Vienna Staatsoper discusses using technology for the benefit of the art form.

“It’s a balls-buster!” Latonia Moore on tackling Aida

Latonia Moore (Aida, ENO) © Tristram Kenton
With a hundred performances under her belt, Latonia Moore discusses the challenges of singing Aida as she rehearses Phelim McDermott’s new staging for ENO.

Prospecting for operatic gold: John Adams

John Adams and Peter Sellars © Stefan Cohen
Adams's new opera Girls of the Golden West could not be more different from the (nearly) eponymous Puccini favourite. Adams talks to us about the Gold Rush, the opera and new music in general.

No cookie cutter soprano: Joyce El-Khoury

Joyce El-Khoury © Fay Fox
Joyce El-Khoury discusses her long-awaited Covent Garden debut and the role Violetta has played in her career. 
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BerlinLa traviata

© Bettina Stöß
Verdi: La traviata
Ido Arad; Götz Friedrich; Deutsche Oper Berlin; Carlo Montanaro; Frank Philipp Schlössmann; Klaus Bruns; Salome Jicia

LondonAcis and Galatea

Handel: Acis and Galatea
Laurence Cummings; Martin Parr; Charlotte Espiner; Lucy Page; Nick Pritchard; Jorge Navarro-Colorado

BarcelonaAndrea Chénier

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Giordano: Andrea Chénier
Pinchas Steinberg; Sir David McVicar; Gran Teatre del Liceu; Robert Jones; Jenny Tiramani; Jorge de Léon; Michael Chioldi


Puccini: Tosca
Knut Hendriksen; Royal Swedish Opera; Björn Brusewitz; Ann-Mari Anttila; Emma Vetter; Kristian Flor


Aida at Teatro Real © Javier del Real | Teatro Real
Verdi: Aida
Nicola Luisotti; Hugo de Ana; Teatro Real; Violeta Urmana; Ekaterina Semenchuk

GenevaCavalleria rusticana i Pagliacci

Cavalleria rusticana i Pagliacci
Mascagni, Leoncavallo
Alexander Joel; Emma Dante; Grand Théâtre de Genève; Carmine Maringola; Vanessa Sannino; Oksana Volkova; Mélody Louledjian

ViennaMadama Butterfly

Puccini: Madama Butterfly
Ramón Tebar; Josef Gielen; Vienna State Opera; Tsugouharu Foujita; Elena Guseva; Massimiliano Pisapia; Boaz Daniel
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Darkness and grandeur in Christophe Honoré's Don Carlos

Michele Pertusi (Philippe) and Sally Matthews (Elisabeth) © Jean-Louis Fernandez
A (nearly) complete performance of the original French version of *Don Carlos* forms the centrepiece of Daniele Rustioni's Verdi Festival in Lyon. 
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Macbeth, Thane of Wall Street

Elchin Azizov (Macbeth) and Susanna Branchini (Lady Macbeth) © Stofleth
In Lyon, Daniele Rustioni drives through a pulsating reading of Macbeth, Ivo van Hove's imaginative setting not always fully backed by the vocal performances.
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Turin's Orpheus does not ascend to Heaven

Mauro Borgioni (Orfeo) © Rammella & Giannese/Piva | Teatro Regio Torino
In the Teatro Regio's production everything is according to the script, but the magic of the stage is absent. 
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Musically superlative Das Floß der Medusa at DNO

Mamadou Ndiaye; Lenneke Ruiten (La Mort) © DNO 2018 | Monika Rittershaus
Ingo Metzmacher leads a musically formidable performance of Hans Werner Henze’s shipwreck oratorio. Romeo Castellucci’s staging engages the senses but remains emotionally distant.
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Dove's Flight takes off superbly

Nicholas Mogg (Steward), Marvic Monreal (Older Woman) and Olivia Warburton (Stewardess) © Robert Workman
Dove's infectious score nods to Copland, Bernstein and Britten and its tongue-twisting ensembles and high-wire vocal writing were wonderfully performed. 
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Lots of Gluck: LA Opera’s Orphée et Eurydice

Lisette Oropesa (Eurydice) © Ken Howard
With a potent cast and excellent dancing, this is a sophisticated take on Gluck's opera. 
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The Flying Dutchman sails into Bergen

Iain Paterson (The Dutchman) © Monika Kolstad | Bergen National Opera
Bergen National Opera’s new production allows the story to speak to itself, while strong performances from Eric Halfvarson and Elisabeth Teige gave the performance its edge.
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Byström’s thrilling performance as Fedora

Malin Byström (Fedora) © Markus Gårder
After her triumph at the Royal Opera House in London as Salome, Byström comes home to Sweden to great acclaim in Giordano’s opera.
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