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Klaus Florian Vogt (Paul) © Bernd Uhlig (2015)
Hamburg

Hamburg's Die Tote Stadt: excellent singing but muddled staging

By , 13 October 2018
****1
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Alix Le Saux (Cendrillon) © Richard Hubert Smith
Glyndebourne

Overwrought and over-thought: Fiona Shaw directs Cendrillon for the Glyndebourne Tour

By , 13 October 2018
***11
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Noel Bouley Germont) and Emanuele D’Aguanno (Alfredo) © Robert Workman
Glyndebourne

Mané Galoyan steals the show in a Traviata for our age

By , 12 October 2018
***11
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Joshua Bloom (Bluebeard) and Paula Murrihy (Judith) © Pat Redmond
Dublin

Closed doors, but a musically stunning Bluebeard's Castle in Dublin

By , 12 October 2018
****1
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Nicole Cabell (Bess), Eric Greene (Porgy) © Tristram Kenton
London

With John Wilson, Gershwin's music is the winner at ENO's Porgy and Bess

By , 11 October 2018
****1
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Pretty Yende (Elvira) © A. Bofill
Barcelona

Vocal sparkle but a dull staging in the Liceu's Puritani

By , 11 October 2018
****1
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Anna Maria Chiuri (Azucena) © Edoardo Piva | Teatro Regio Torino
Turin

In Turin's Trovatore, the women carry the day

By , 10 October 2018
***11
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Johanna Rudström (Young Tristessa) and Joel Annmo (Evelyn) © Sören Vilks
Stockholm

Tristessa: satirical critique of gender myth-making premieres in Stockholm

By , 09 October 2018
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Giovanni Meoni (Nabucco) © Luciano Romano
Naples

A low profile staging for Nabucco in Naples

By , 09 October 2018
***11
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Sonya Yoncheva (Médée) © Bernd Uhlig
Berlin

Smoke without fire: Cherubini's Medée fails to ignite at the Staatsoper

By , 07 October 2018
***11
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Sara Jakubiak (Marietta) © Iko Freese | drama-berlin.de
Berlin

Fleeting happiness: Robert Carsen's Tote Stadt at the Komische Oper

By , 06 October 2018
***11
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Omer Meir Wellber © Wilfried Hösl
Manchester

Omer Meir Wellber launches a new era for the BBC Philharmonic

By , 06 October 2018
****1
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Evelyn Herlitzius (Kostelnička) and Annette Dasch (Jenůfa) © Ruth Walz
Amsterdam

“Soap opera at its best”: Katie Mitchell's Jenůfa at Dutch National Opera

By , 06 October 2018
****1
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Jeanine De Bique (Rodelinda) and Tim Mead (Bertarido) © Simon Gosselin
Lille

Handel’s Rodelinda: A strong season opening at Opéra de Lille

By , 06 October 2018
****1
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Katie Bray (Zenobia) and Grant Doyle (Tiridate) © Richard Hubert Smith
London

ETO's Radamisto: Uneven Handel in Hackney

By , 06 October 2018
***11
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Tara Erraught (Angelina) © Jane Hobson
Cardiff

“Once upon a time”: Rossini's Cinderella in Cardiff

By , 05 October 2018
****1
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Johan Reuter (Wozzeck) © Marcus Lieberenz
Berlin

Wozzeck goes Norwegian at the Deutsche Oper

By , 05 October 2018
***11
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Kate Louise Macfarlane (Belinda), Bethany Hill (Dido) and Raphael Wong (Aeneas) © Bernard Hull Photography
Bowden

Bethany Hill and Raphael Wong make a great Dido and Aeneas pairing in Adelaide

By , 04 October 2018
****1
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Eva-Maria Westbroek (Minnie) and Yusif Eyvazov (Dick Johnson) © Ken Howard | Metropolitan Opera
New York City

Big, bold Minnie and Johnson in Met's Fanciulla: Eyvazov shines

By , 04 October 2018
*****
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Caitlin Hulcup and Rowan Pierce © Mark Allan | Barbican
London

Stark and grief-stricken: Dido and Aeneas at the Barbican

By , 02 October 2018
****1
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Stephen Milling (Hagen) © ROH 2018 | Bill Cooper
London

Milling’s powerful Hagen drives a dramatic Royal Opera Götterdämmerung

By , 01 October 2018
****1
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Zurab Zurabishvili (Pierre Bezukhov) © Ludwig Olah
Nuremberg

History today: War and Peace at Staatstheater Nürnberg

By , 30 September 2018
****1
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Sebastian Catana (Rigoletto) and chorus © Patrick Redmond Photography
Belfast

A gripping, dark, moving Rigoletto from Northern Ireland Opera

By , 30 September 2018
****1
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Markus Eiche (Beckmesser) © Wilfried Hösl (2016)
Munich

Michael Volle leaps in for Munich's Meistersinger

By , 30 September 2018
****1
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Agneta Eichenholz (Alcina), Narea Son (Oberto) and Franco Fagioli (Ruggiero) © Hans Jörg Michel
Hamburg

Christof Loy’s Alcina still bewitches in Hamburg

By , 30 September 2018
****1
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Tango time © Cory Weaver | San Francisco Opera
San Francisco

A Cav & Pag double bill with virtues and flaws at San Francisco Opera

By , 30 September 2018
***11
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Riccardo Zanellato (Attila) © Roberto Ricci
Parma

A traditional Attila at the Verdi Festival in Parma

By , 30 September 2018
***11
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Joyce El-Khoury (Tatyana) © Michael Cooper
Toronto

Robert Carsen's Eugene Onegin ages gracefully at COC

By , 30 September 2018
****1
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Paris

The sacrifice of Bérénice: a long break-up at the Opéra Garnier in Paris

By , 29 September 2018
***11
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Francesco Meli (Ernani and Ailyn Pérez (Elvira) © Marco Brescia & Rudy Amisano | Teatro alla Scala
Milan

Codes of honour trip up Bechtolf's Ernani at La Scala

By , 29 September 2018
***11
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Annie Aitken (Cunegonde) © Grant Leslie
Sydney

Political Correctness on hold: Candide in Sydney

By , 29 September 2018
*****
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Stefan Vinke (Siegfried), Gerhard Siegel (Mime) © ROH 2018 | Bill Cooper
London

A fantastic tale, an outstanding cast: Siegfried at the Royal Opera

By , 29 September 2018
*****
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Alex Otterburn (Cascada), Máire Flavin (Hanna Glawari) and Alex Banfield (St Brioche) © Robert Workman
Leeds

Opera North's energetic Merry Widow is more than a mere period piece

By , 29 September 2018
***11
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Nino Surguladze (Azucena) © Lucie Jansch
Parma

Robert Wilson's lunar Trouvère in Parma is the antithesis of grand opéra

By , 29 September 2018
***11
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Lisette Oropesa (Marguerite de Valois) © Opéra de Paris | Agathe Poupeney
Paris

Lisette Oropesa conquers Paris in Les Huguenots

By , 28 September 2018
***11
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Allison Cook (Salome) © Catherine Ashmore
London

Flogging a dead horse: a new Salome at English National Opera

By , 28 September 2018
**111
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Andrew Foster-Williams (Golaud), Elsa Benoit (Mélisande) and Rolf Romei (Pelléas) © Priska Ketterer
Basel

Hailing from No-man’s land: Pelléas et Mélisande in Basel

By , 28 September 2018
****1
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Stéphane Denève © SWR | Villa Berg
Amsterdam

An intense Jeanne d'Arc au bûcher from the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra

By , 27 September 2018
*****
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Anna Netrebko (Aida) and Anita Rachvelishvili (Amneris) © Marty Sohl | Metropolitan Opera
New York City

At The Met, Netrebko triumphs as Aida, with Rachvelishvili a powerful rival

By , 26 September 2018
*****
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Stuart Skelton (Siegmund) © ROH | Bill Cooper
London

Skelton and Anger set the scene for Stemme in Covent Garden's superb Walküre

By , 26 September 2018
*****
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Nicole Car (Mimì) and Vittorio Grigòlo © Marty Sohl | Metropolitan Opera
New York City

Fresh talent breathes new life into The Met's traditional Bohème

By , 25 September 2018
****1
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Elīna Garanča (Dalila) © Ken Howard | Metropolitan Opera
New York City

A chiaroscuro-free, shiny Samson et Dalila at The Met

By , 24 September 2018
***11
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Lauren Fagan, Angela Simkin, Christina Bock, Johannes Martin Kränzle © ROH 2018 | Bill Cooper
London

The assault on Valhalla begins: Das Rheingold at the Royal Opera

By , 24 September 2018
***11
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Peter Seiffert (Tristan) © Matthias Horn (2011)
Berlin

Musical riches at Deutsche Oper's Tristan und Isolde

By , 23 September 2018
***11
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John Daszak Alviano) © Monika Rittershaus
Zürich

A florid perversity: Barrie Kosky fires up Die Gezeichneten in Zurich

By , 23 September 2018
****1
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Patricia Racette (Elle) © Dominic M Mercier
Philadelphia

Ne quittez pas: A reimagined La Voix humaine in Philadelphia

By , 23 September 2018
***11
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Vanessa Becerra (Maria) and Andrew Bidlack (Tony) © Elise Bakketun
Kansas City

West Side Story in Kansas City: Broadway flair meets opera style

By , 22 September 2018
***11
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Piotr Beczała (Faust) © Javier del Real | Teatro Real
Madrid

La Fura dels Baus’ Faust 5.1 opens the new season at the Teatro Real

By , 22 September 2018
***11
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Kevin Thompson, Kara Shay Thompson and Dominick Chenes © Keira Cronin
Boston

A glorious Odyssey Opera restoration: Gounod's La Reine de Saba

By , 22 September 2018
*****
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Melanie Diener (Leonore) and Daniel Frank (Florestan) © Hana Smejkalová
Prague

A bold update of Beethoven in Prague

By , 22 September 2018
****1
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