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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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Zurab Zurabishvili (Pierre Bezukhov) © Ludwig Olah
Nuremberg

History today: War and Peace at Staatstheater Nürnberg

By , 30 September 2018
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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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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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Paris

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

By , 29 September 2018
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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
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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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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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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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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
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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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Elīna Garanča (Dalila) © Ken Howard | Metropolitan Opera
New York City

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

By , 24 September 2018
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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
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Tristan und Isolde © Bettina Stöß (2014)
Berlin

Musical riches at Deutsche Oper's Tristan und Isolde

By , 23 September 2018
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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
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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
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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
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Tuomas Pursio (Scarpia) and Aušrinė Stundytė (Tosca) © Heikki Tuuli
Helsinki

An emotional new Tosca from Christof Loy in Helsinki

By , 21 September 2018
****1
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Brenda Rae (Lucia) © Kelly & Massa
Philadelphia

Brenda Rae's remarkable Lucia a compensation in Philadelphia

By , 21 September 2018
***11
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Marietta Simpson (Martha) and Frederica von Stade (Danny) © Steven Pisano
Philadelphia

Sky on Swings: a heart-wrenching world première at Opera Philadelphia

By , 20 September 2018
****1
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Thomas Atkins (Rodolfo) and Marlena Devoe (Mimì) © David Rowland
Auckland

Talented young cast shines in New Zealand Opera's La bohème

By , 19 September 2018
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Mirella Hagen (Morgana) and Rainer Trost (Oronte) © Herwig Prammer
Vienna

Magical musicianship, but drab direction: Alcina at Theater an der Wien

By , 17 September 2018
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Sarah Grether (Weiße Gazelle) and Camilla Nylund (Die Kaiserin) © Hans Jörg Michel (2017)
Berlin

A dream staging: Claus Guth's Frau ohne Schatten arrives at the Staatsoper unter den Linden

By , 16 September 2018
****1
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Giselle Allen (Tosca) and Rafael Rojas (Cavaradossi) © Richard Hubert Smith
Leeds

A lovely, lurid Tosca from Opera North

By , 16 September 2018
****1
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Lauren Michelle (Natasha) and Jonathan McGovern (Prince Andrei) © Clive Barda
Cardiff

Ferocious intensity: David Pountney's new War and Peace at Welsh National Opera

By , 15 September 2018
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Dana Burešová (Libuše) © Jakub Gulyás
Prague

A cultural touchstone takes centre-stage at Prague's National Theatre

By , 14 September 2018
***11
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Claudia Boyle (Olympia) © Pat Redmond
Dublin

Scene-stealing villains in Irish National Opera's futuristic Hoffmann

By , 14 September 2018
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Stanislas de Barbeyrac (Tamino) © Michel Schnater
Amsterdam

In Amsterdam, McBurney's Die Zauberflöte continues to delight

By , 12 September 2018
****1
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Maria Bengtsson Fiordiligi) and Ida Aldrian (Dorabella) © Jörn Kipping
Hamburg

Are they all like that? Staatsoper Hamburg's new Così

By , 08 September 2018
****1
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Pablo Heras-Casado © Fernando Sancho
Amsterdam

Fiery, formidable Boris Godunov at the Concertgebouw

By , 08 September 2018
*****
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Gyula Nagy (Ulysses) © Marshall Light Studio
Dun Laoghaire

A gripping Return of Ulysses from Opera Collective Ireland and the Akadamie für Alte Musik

By , 07 September 2018
****1
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Louise Alder © BBC | Chris Christodoulou
London

Prom 74: Intimacy and reflection in Handel's Theodora

By , 07 September 2018
****1
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Timothy Edlin (Caliban) and Frances Gregory (Sycorax) © Robert Workman
London

The Enchanted Island a rich and strange Baroque confection from British Youth Opera

By , 05 September 2018
****1
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Pedro Ometto (Trulove), Samantha Clarke (Anne) and Frederick Jones (Tom Rakewell) © Robert Workman
London

Impressive Rake’s Progress from British Youth Opera

By , 04 September 2018
****1
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Elgan Llŷr Thomas (Johnny Inkslinger) © Genevieve Girling
London

New world created in old music hall: Paul Bunyan at Wilton's

By , 03 September 2018
*****
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Francesca Manzo (Delia), Riccardo Della Sciucca (Nadir) and Chuan Wang (Calaf) © Marco Brescia & Rudy Amisano | Teatro alla Scala
Milan

Cherubini's Ali Baba finally returns to La Scala in an Academy staging

By , 01 September 2018
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Samuel Sakker and Anush Hovhannisyan sing Sardanapolo © Elena Giorgi
Lerici

Liszt’s ‘lost’ opera bursts back to life

By , 27 August 2018
****1
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On the Town © BBC | Mark Allan
London

Prom 57: On the Town where score, orchestra and conductor are the stars

By , 25 August 2018
****1
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Taylor Stayton, Nikolay Borchev, Michèle Losier, Renato Girolami © Xavi Montojo
Edinburgh

La Cenerentola at Edinburgh Festival: comic direction to savour from Stefan Herheim

By , 24 August 2018
****1
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Andrew McTaggart (Falstaff) © Opera Bohemia
Stirling

A fun-packed Falstaff from Opera Bohemia heading to the Edinburgh Fringe

By , 23 August 2018
****1
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