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Il sogno di Scipione © Michele Crosera
Venice

Young Mozart returns to Venice: Il sogno di Scipione

By , 14 February 2019
****1
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Michaela Martens (Klytaemnestra) and Nina Stemme (Elektra) © Cory Weaver
Chicago

Elektra: Great success for Nina Stemme’s Lyric Opera debut

By , 14 February 2019
****1
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Anthony Roth Costanzo (Akhnaten) © Jane Hobson
London

Mesmerising Akhnaten returns to ENO

By , 11 February 2019
*****
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Rachel Kelly © Gerard Collett
Manchester

A steller Damnation de Faust in Manchester

By , 10 February 2019
*****
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Gwyn Hughes Jones (Riccardo) and Mary Elizabeth Williams (Amelia) © Bill Cooper
Cardiff

Ballo II, the American cut: an indigestible staging by David Pountney for WNO

By , 09 February 2019
***11
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Così fan tutte © Michael Cooper
Toronto

Pinned butterflies, but outstanding singing in Canadian Opera Company’s Così fan tutte

By , 09 February 2019
****1
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Tim Mead (Oberon) and Miltos Yerolemou (Puck) © Kelly & Massa for Opera Philadelphia
Philadelphia

Robert Carsen's 28-year-old Dream conquers a new fan base in Philadelphia

By , 08 February 2019
*****
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Roman Válek © Petr Dyrc
Prague

Saul in Prague: Better heard than seen

By , 08 February 2019
***11
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Anne Sofie von Otter (Madame de Croissy) © Micke Sandström | Kungliga Operan
Stockholm

Anne Sofie von Otter dominates the scene in Stockholm's Carmélites

By , 06 February 2019
***11
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Amanda Majeski (Katya) © ROH | Clive Barda
London

Two great Royal Opera debuts aren't enough to lift a Katya Kabanova lacking in drama

By , 04 February 2019
***11
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Jens Larsen (Astradamors) and Leigh Melrose (Nekrotzar) © Herwig Prammer
Zürich

Quirky staging, superb singing: Ligeti’s Le Grand Macabre in Zurich

By , 03 February 2019
****1
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Shelley Jackson (Anna Bolena) © Alan Humerose
Lausanne

Over the top and splendid: a “Zeffirellian” Anna Bolena in Lausanne

By , 03 February 2019
***11
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Katie Bray (Varvara), Stephanie Corley (Katya) © Jane Hobson
Leeds

It's grim up North: a heartbreaking Katya Kabanova in Leeds

By , 02 February 2019
****1
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Jamie Barton (Sister Helen Prejean) and Michael Mayes (Joseph De Rocher) © Jeff Roffman
Atlanta

A gut-wrenching story of redemption: Atlanta Opera presents Dead Man Walking

By , 02 February 2019
****1
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Nadja Mchantaf (Mimì), Günter Papendell (Marcello) and Vera-Lotte Böcker (Musetta) © Iko Freese | drama.berlin.de
Berlin

When death is an old-fashioned portrait

By , 02 February 2019
****1
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Michael Honeyman (Wozzeck) © Keith Saunders
Sydney

Barbed wire fences and gas masks: William Kentridge’s unsettling Wozzeck in Sydney

By , 30 January 2019
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Sir Roger Norrington © Manfred Esser
London

“Remember me!” Norrington and LPO provide emotion and insight in Purcell’s Dido and Aeneas

By , 30 January 2019
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Angela Denoke (Judith) and Gerald Finley (Bluebeard) © Marty Sohl | Metropolitan Opera
New York City

Off-the-mark Iolanta, but a terrifying Bluebeard at the Met

By , 28 January 2019
****1
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Ruxandra Donose and Stuart Skelton © Simon Jay Price
London

A finely gauged Walküre from Jurowski and the LPO

By , 27 January 2019
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Venera Gimadieva (Amina) © Bernd Uhlig
Berlin

Venera Gimadieva's dark coloratura impresses in Deutsche Oper Berlin's Sonnambula

By , 26 January 2019
****1
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Gaëlle Arquez (Juditha) © Marco Borggreve
Amsterdam

La Cetra dazzles in Juditha triumphans at Dutch National Opera

By , 26 January 2019
****1
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Jennifer France (Ice) © James Glossop
Glasgow

Anthropocene: a timely chiller from Scottish Opera

By , 26 January 2019
***11
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Stéphanie d'Oustrac (Cassandre) © Vincent Pontet | Opéra national de Paris
Paris

Carthage carnage: Tcherniakov's Trojans flops at the Bastille

By , 25 January 2019
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Angel Blue (Violetta Valéry) © ROH | Catherine Ashmore
London

Blue is the new Violet: an outstanding Traviata debut

By , 24 January 2019
****1
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Jonathan Stoughton © Patrik Borecký
Prague

Jonny plays a sour tune

By , 24 January 2019
**111
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Arthur Bruce (Gianni Schicchi) © Royal Conservatoire of Scotland | Robbie McFadzean
Glasgow

A perfect antidote to those January blues: Stylish, witty double bill at RCS

By , 21 January 2019
****1
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Mark Morouse (Marx) and Boyan Di (Pawnbroker) © Thilo Beu
Bonn

Marx in London: A madcap comedy and musically rich opera at Theater Bonn

By , 20 January 2019
****1
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Samantha Hay (The Queen of the Night) © Alastair Muir
Leeds

A fetching, inventive Magic Flute – with a dark side – from Opera North

By , 19 January 2019
****1
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Daniel Johansson (Don José) and Miriam Treichl (Carmen) © Markus Gårder
Stockholm

Carmen meets Tosca at the Royal Swedish Opera

By , 19 January 2019
***11
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Greer Grimsley (Wotan) and Sophie Bevan (Freia) © Javier del Real | Teatro Real
Madrid

A pale Rheingold begins Teatro Real's revival of Carsen’s Ring

By , 19 January 2019
***11
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Valer Barna-Sabadus (Xerxes) and Torben Jürgens (Ariodates) © Hans Jörg Michel
Düsseldorf

All the world's a stage: Xerxes as a comedy of backstage rivalry

By , 17 January 2019
****1
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Dancers in Opera Australia's Turandot © Keith Saunders
Sydney

Opera Australia revives spectacular storybook Turandot

By , 15 January 2019
****1
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Isabel Leonard (Mélisande) © Karen Almond | Metropolitan Opera
New York City

The lights are out in Allemonde: Miller's dull staging of Pelléas et Mélisande returns

By , 15 January 2019
***11
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Ermonela Jaho (Violetta) © ROH | Catherine Ashmore
London

Ermonela Jaho makes a haunting return to Covent Garden’s Traviata

By , 14 January 2019
****1
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Violetter Schnee © Monika Rittershaus
Berlin

Violetter Schnee: Snowy apocalypse at the Staatsoper Berlin

By , 13 January 2019
****1
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Vladimir Stoyanov (Yeletsky / Tchaikovsky) © ROH | Catherine Ashmore
London

A tale of many Tchaikovskys: Herheim's The Queen of Spades at the Royal Opera

By , 13 January 2019
***11
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Tamara Wilson (Ariadne) and Andreas Schager (Bacchus) © Roger Mastroianni
Cleveland

Welser-Möst unveils a musically superb Ariadne auf Naxos in Cleveland

By , 13 January 2019
****1
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Carmen Giannattasio (Norma) © Wilfried Hösl
Munich

Clash of religions, ardent spirits: Bellini’s Norma in Munich

By , 12 January 2019
****1
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Gweneth-Ann Rand © Paula Court
New York City

Philip Venables sets free the music in Sarah Kane’s 4.48 Psychosis

By , 11 January 2019
****1
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Anna Netrebko (Adriana) © Ken Howard | Metropolitan Opera
New York City

Stars light up Cilea's humid potboiler at the Met

By , 08 January 2019
*****
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Dolora Zajick (Amneris) © Marty Sohl | Metropolitan Opera (2009)
New York City

Amneris is the star of the Met's Aida revival

By , 07 January 2019
***11
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Cecilia Bartoli (Semele) © Suzanne Schwiertz (2006/7)
Zürich

Endless pleasure: Zurich revives Robert Carsen’s classic Semele

By , 06 January 2019
****1
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Jacquelyn Wagner (Euryanthe) and the Arnold Schoenberg Choir © Monika Rittershaus
Vienna

A psychological drama: Weber's Euryanthe in Vienna

By , 28 December 2018
****1
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Heiko Börner (Tristan) and Annemarie Kremer (Isolde) © Reinhard Winkler
Linz

A memorable recreation: Tristan und Isolde arrives in Linz from Bayreuth

By , 25 December 2018
****1
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Sonya Yoncheva (Desdemona) © Ken Howard | Metropolitan Opera
New York City

Yoncheva and Dudamel shine in a blazing Otello at the Met

By , 17 December 2018
****1
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Sabine Devieilhe (Ophélie) and Stéphane Degout (Hamlet) © Vincent Pontet
Paris

“A very palpable hit”: Degout and Devieilhe star in Hamlet revival at the Opéra Comique

By , 17 December 2018
****1
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Les pêcheurs de perles © Susanne Schwiertz
Zürich

“Love makes us enemies”: Bizet’s “Les pêcheurs de perles” in Zurich

By , 16 December 2018
****1
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Sir Mark Elder © Russell Hart
Amsterdam

Ravishment without drama in Dutch premiere of A Village Romeo and Juliet

By , 15 December 2018
***11
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Alex Esposito © Bettina Stöß
Berlin

A Mixed Evening at Deutsche Oper Berlin's new Les Contes d'Hoffmann

By , 15 December 2018
***11
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Káťa Kabanová © Luciano Romano
Naples

Kàt’a Kabanova takes flight in Naples

By , 15 December 2018
*****
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