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“Lohengrin’s story will be told”
As he awaits the swan to pull him into another new production, Klaus Florian Vogt reflects on Lohengrin and his other Wagner roles.
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A birthday bouquet for the Wiener Staatsoper’s 150th
With six new opera productions, including a world première, and two Wiener Staatsballett premières, the 2018-19 season at the Wiener Staatsoper is an enticing prospect.
Preview
From Straussian pyrotechnics to Mozartian Enlightenment
The Festival d'Aix-en-Provence presents a diverse programme of operatic fare to idyllic settings.
Interview
Barbara Hannigan on tailor-made roles
We meet the Canadian soprano as she prepares for the world première of George Benjamin's new opera, Lessons in Love and Violence at the Royal Opera House.
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MilanFidelio

Fidelio
Beethoven: Fidelio
Myung-whun Chung; Deborah Warner; Teatro alla Scala; Chloe Obolensky; Stuart Skelton; Simone Schneider

ViennaLohengrin

Robert Dean Smith (Lohengrin) und Annette Dasch (Elsa) © Michael Pöhn | Wiener Staatsoper GmbH
Wagner: Lohengrin
Sebastian Weigle; Andreas Homoki; Vienna State Opera; Wolfgang Gussmann; Robert Dean Smith; Herbert Lippert

MunichArabella

Arabella
Strauss R.: Arabella
Constantin Trinks; Andreas Dresen; Bavarian State Opera; Mathias Fischer-Dieskau; Sabine Greunig; Anja Harteros; Hanna-Elisabeth Müller

BernKáťa Kabanová

Janáček: Káťa Kabanová
Kevin John Edusei; Florentine Klepper; Stadttheater Bern; Martina Segna; Adriane Westerbarkey; Johanni van Oostrum; Alessandro Liberatore

ZürichDas Land des Lächelns

Das Land des Lächelns
Lehár: The Land of Smiles (Das Land des Lächelns), operetta
Fabio Luisi; Andreas Homoki; Zurich Opera; Wolfgang Gussmann; Piotr Beczała; Julia Kleiter

GlyndebourneDer Rosenkavalier

Rachel Willis-Sørensen (The Marschallin) © Robert Workman | Glyndebourne Festival 2018
Strauss R.: Der Rosenkavalier
Robin Ticciati; Richard Jones; Glyndebourne Festival Opera; Paul Steinberg; Nicky Gillibrand; Rachel Willis-Sørensen; Michaela Kaune

MinneapolisWest Side Story

Bernstein: West Side Story
Unknown; Guthrie Opera Theatre Company

MilanFierrabrasNew Production

Peter Sonn (Eginhard) © Brescia & Amisano | Teatro alla Scala
Schubert: Fierrabras
Daniel Harding; Peter Stein; Teatro alla Scala; Ferdinand Wögerbauer; Annamaria Heinreich; Anett Fritsch; Dorothea Röschmann
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Tannhäuser's long and tortuous journey of the spirit

Sophie Koch (Venus) and Stephen Gould (Tannhäuser) © Zsófia Pályi, Müpa Budapest
Stephen Gould is less than convincing in the lead role of Tannhäuser, but excellent ensemble work under Ádám Fischer's inspired direction offers compensations.
****1
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Kosky's Nose comes home to Komische Oper

Günter Papendell (Platon Kuzmich Kovalyov) © Iko Freese | drama-berlin.de
Shostakovich's early masterpiece is fêted at the Komische Oper Berlin
****1
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The ultimate love story: Wagner’s Tristan und Isolde in Budapest

Allison Oakes (Isolde) and Peter Seiffert (Tristan) © Zsófia Pályi, Müpa Budapest
As part of the annual Wagner festival in the Hungarian capital, Peter Seiffert and Allison Oakes star as the doomed lovers.
****1
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La bohème at ROH: a simple tragedy, heart-rendingly told

Maria Agresta (Mimì), Matthew Polenzani (Rodolfo) in Act 4 © ROH | Catherine Ashmore
A committed cast make this  a beautifully performed ensemble piece in which the tragedy of young love cut short by untimely disease is compellingly put across.
****1
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Exhilarating storm-tossed evening in the Cotswolds

Kirstin Sharpin (Senta) and Jonathan Stoughton (Erik) © Matthew Williams-Ellis
With a glinting voice of a youthful sheen, like bracing Nordic air, Kirstin Sharpin was entirely convincing as the obsessed dreamer, Senta.
***11
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Acis and Galatea for the social media age

Lucy Hall (Galatea) © Dani Harvey
An intimate setting for the 18th-century work do from hell.
****1
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Carry on Cleo: Joélle Harvey triumphs at Glyndebourne

Sarah Connolly (Giulio Cesare) and Joélle Harvey (Cleopatra) © Bill Cooper
Interviewed at the time of this production's first outing, McVicar declared that “Entertainment is not a dirty word”. His Giulio Cesare remains a hugely entertaining opera production.
****1
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Ludicrous, but brilliant: Barber of Seville at The Grange Festival

John Irvin (Almaviva) and the Grange Chorus © Simon Annand
From the stately front of The Grange, an impressive moustache looms large, welcoming the audience to a production of Rossini's masterpiece that baffles, confuses and delights the audience.
****1
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