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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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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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Stéphanie d'Oustrac (Cassandre) © Vincent Pontet | Opéra national de Paris
Paris

Carthage carnage: Tcherniakov's Trojans flops at the Bastille

By , 25 January 2019
**111
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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
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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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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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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
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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
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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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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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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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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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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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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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Hanna Hipp (Hänsel), Jennifer Davis (Gretel) © ROH | Clive Barda
London

A classic fairytale executed with style: Hänsel und Gretel at the Royal Opera

By , 13 December 2018
****1
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Krassimira Stoyanova (Ariadne) and Stephen Gould (Bacchus) © Ludwig Olah
Dresden

A miraculous Ariadne auf Naxos in Dresden

By , 12 December 2018
*****
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Bryn Terfel (Sweeney Todd) and Barry Banks (Pirelli) © Monika Rittershaus
Zürich

Sweeney Todd: Zurich ventures into a bloody musical

By , 09 December 2018
***11
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Molly Barker (Zita) and Quentin Hayes (Gianni Schicchi) in Gianni Schicchi © Robert Workman
Manchester

Suor Angelica and Gianni Schicchi in Manchester double bill

By , 09 December 2018
****1
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Sir Thomas Allen with the Inquisition © Mark Allan
London

Missing too many bullseyes: Bernstein's Candide semi-staged by the LSO

By , 08 December 2018
***11
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Ildar Abdrazakov (Attila) © Teatro alla Scala | Brescia e Amisano
Milan

She came, she saw, she conquered: Saoia Hernández wins La Scala hearts in a conservative Attila

By , 07 December 2018
****1
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La traviata © Marty Sohl | Metropolitan Opera
New York City

The Met welcomes Nézet-Séguin with a new Traviata

By , 04 December 2018
****1
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Edward Tracz (Actéon) © Bruce Zinger
Paris

A celebration of French Baroque opera-ballet: Actéon and Pigmalion at Versailles

By , 02 December 2018
***11
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Gaëlle Arquez (Carmen) © ROH | Bill Cooper
London

Royal Opera Carmen: slicker, but still a mountain to climb

By , 30 November 2018
***11
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Quirijn de Lang (Lt Audebert), Richard Burkhard (Lt Horstmayer) and Timothy Nelson (Lt Gordon) © Tristram Kenton
Leeds

The futility of war: Opera North gives Kevin Puts’ Silent Night its UK première

By , 30 November 2018
*****
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Julien Van Mellaerts (The Travelling Companion) and David Horton (John) © Robert Knights
London

“God save us all from goblins”: a rare outing for Stanford's Travelling Companion

By , 30 November 2018
****1
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Vivica Genaux (Mandane) and David Hansen (Arbace) © Brett Boardman
Sydney

Hasse's Artaserse receives its Australian première

By , 29 November 2018
*****
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Antoinette Halloran (Hanna Glawari) © Darren Williams
Adelaide

An effervescent Merry Widow from State Opera in Adelaide

By , 29 November 2018
****1
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Ivana Rusko (Ellen Orford) and Marco Jentzsch (Peter Grimes) © Bernd Uhlig
Cologne

An emotionally distant Peter Grimes at Oper Köln

By , 28 November 2018
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Karl-Magnus Fredriksson (Rigoletto) © Markus Gårder
Stockholm

A static Rigoletto at the Royal Swedish Opera in Stockholm

By , 28 November 2018
***11
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Natalya Romaniw (Mimì) © Robert Workman
London

A house debut to savour: Natalya Romaniw soars in revival of ENO's Bohème

By , 26 November 2018
****1
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Plácido Domingo (Gianni Schicchi) © Ken Howard | Metropolitan Opera
New York City

Trittico's 100th anniversary and Domingo's 50th celebrated at The Met

By , 26 November 2018
****1
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Reinoud Van Mechelen (Hippolyte), Anna Prohaska (Aricie), Staatsopernchor © Karl and Monika Forster
Berlin

Too many mirrors spoil the Staatsoper Berlin's Hippolyte et Aricie

By , 25 November 2018
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Anna Bonitatibus (Enrico) © Gianfranco Rota
Bergamo

A metatheatrical take on Donizetti's Enrico di Borgogna in Bergamo

By , 25 November 2018
*****
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Jessica Pratt (Elisabetta) © Gianfranco Rota
Bergamo

The first, forgotten Tudor Queen: Il castello di Kenilworth in Bergamo

By , 24 November 2018
***11
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