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John Irvin (Almaviva) and the Grange Chorus © Simon Annand
Alresford

Ludicrous, but brilliant: The Barber of Seville at The Grange Festival

By , 09 June 2018
****1
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Elisabet Strid (Senta) © Gábor Kotschy | Müpa Budapest
Budapest

A powerful gale of sound in Budapest's Dutchman

By , 08 June 2018
****1
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Anna Bonitatibus (Agrippina) © Robert Workman
Alresford

Agrippina triumphs at The Grange Festival

By , 08 June 2018
*****
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Nicholas Morris (The Invisible) © Stephen Cummiskey
Snape

Pastel-perfect hell: To See The Invisible at the Aldeburgh Festival

By , 08 June 2018
****1
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Gregory Kunde (Des Grieux) and Liudmyla Monastyrska (Manon) © A. Bofill
Barcelona

A forlorn Manon Lescaut arrives in Barcelona

By , 07 June 2018
***11
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Jennifer Davis (Elsa) and Klaus Florian Vogt (Lohengrin) © ROH | Clive Barda
London

Swan cruise: Nelsons navigates a musically impressive Lohengrin at Covent Garden

By , 07 June 2018
***11
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Štěpánka Pučálková (Charlotte) and Peter Berger (Werther) © Patrik Borecký
Prague

A dark update for Werther in Prague

By , 07 June 2018
****1
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Regula Mühlemann (Rosina) and Lukas Jakobski (Cassandro)
London

Youthful japes: La finta semplice at the QEH

By , 06 June 2018
****1
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Peter Sonn (Eginhard) © Brescia & Amisano | Teatro alla Scala
Milan

Schubert's Fierrabras premieres at La Scala, with mixed results

By , 05 June 2018
***11
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Victoire Bunel (Théone) © Andrey Chuntomov
Paris

Russia meets France: Lully’s Phaéton in Versailles

By , 03 June 2018
****1
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Nina Minasyan (Olympia) © Baus
Amsterdam

Superb, sinister Tales of Hoffmann at Dutch National Opera

By , 03 June 2018
*****
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Carolina Lippo (Ifigenia) and Florian Köfler (Filotete) © Herwig Prammer
Bernburg (Saale)

Handel's pasticcio Oreste in Bernburg at Halle Handel Festival

By , 02 June 2018
***11
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Daniel Okulitch (Ennis Del Mar) and Glenn Seven Allen (Jack Twist) © Sarah Shatz
New York City

Wuorinen’s Brokeback Mountain returns home to NYCO

By , 02 June 2018
***11
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Christof Fischesser, George Petean (Carlo), Hibla Gerzmava (Leonora) and Marcelo Puente (Alvaro) © Monika Rittershaus
Zürich

Twist of Fate: Hibla Gerzmava shines in botched Forza in Zurich

By , 02 June 2018
***11
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Miah Persson (Countess), Sam Furness (Flamand) in background © Johan Persson
High Wycombe

A gentle, sympathetic Capriccio at Garsington

By , 01 June 2018
***11
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Rachel Kelly (Isabella) and Leonardo Galeazzi (Mustafa) © Frances Marshall
Lismore

L’italiana in Algeri at Blackwater Valley Opera Festival

By , 01 June 2018
***11
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Louise Alder (Pamina) with Lucas Rebato, Frederick Jemison, Dionysios Sevastakis (Three Boys) © Johan Persson
High Wycombe

Truth and Wisdom: a searching Zauberflöte at Garsington

By , 31 May 2018
****1
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Sarah Tynan (Despina) and Peter Coleman-Wright (Don Alfonso) © Robert Workman
London

A classically elegant Così fan tutte for a balmy summer evening at Holland Park

By , 31 May 2018
****1
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Pene Pati (Nemorino) © Simon Watts
Auckland

New Zealand Opera’s L’elisir d’amore: an evergreen charmer

By , 31 May 2018
*****
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Lauren Fagan (Violetta) © Robert Workman
London

Peacocks in Paris: an engrossing La traviata at Opera Holland Park

By , 29 May 2018
****1
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Candide © Mitzi de Margary Photography
Bradford on Avon

Escape to the country: Bernstein's Candide at Iford

By , 29 May 2018
****1
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Jakob Bloch Jespersen (Leporello) and Johannes Weisser (Don Giovanni) © Erik Berg
Oslo

Too many doors: an occasionally inert, but well-sung Don Giovanni in Oslo

By , 29 May 2018
***11
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Parnasso in festa © Marcus Lieberenz
Bad Lauchstädt

Parnasso in festa at the Halle Handel Festival a gorgeous indulgence

By , 28 May 2018
*****
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The female soloists © Thomas Ziegler
Halle

Samson is a great treat at the Halle Handel Festival

By , 27 May 2018
****1
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Bo Skovhus (Šiškov) and Chorus © Wilfried Hösl
Munich

House arrested: Janáček's last opera in Munich

By , 26 May 2018
***11
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Rodney Gilfry (Walt Whitman) © Rob Latour | The Wallis
Los Angeles

Matthew Aucoin, Rod Gilfry and Walt Whitman in the wilds of Beverly Hills

By , 26 May 2018
****1
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Adrian Angelico (Octavian) © Sara Strandlund
Stockholm

Deception reigns in Christof Loy’s production of Der Rosenkavalier in Stockholm

By , 26 May 2018
****1
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Björn Bürger (Billy Budd) © Barbara Aumüller
Frankfurt am Main

Indomitable: Billy Budd in Frankfurt

By , 25 May 2018
*****
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Samuel Mariño (Alessandro) © Anna Kolata
Halle

A bizarre Berenice at the Halle Handel Festival

By , 25 May 2018
***11
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Jennifer Rivera (Rosina) and Colin Lee (Almaviva) © Monika Rittershaus (2010)
Berlin

Finely etched: Berghaus' Barbiere at the Staatsoper

By , 24 May 2018
***11
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Krassimira Stoyanova (Aida), Fabio Sartori (Radamès) and George Gagnidze (Amonasro) © Brescia & Amisano | Teatro alla Scala
Milan

A guilty pleasure: Zeffirelli's Aida at La Scala

By , 23 May 2018
****1
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Giuseppe Gipali (Arrigo), Giuseppe Altomare (Rolando) and Vittoria Yeo (Lida) © Camilla Riccò | TerranovaProject Contrasto
Florence

Viva Verdi! Patriotic fervour in Florence's new La battaglia di Legnano

By , 22 May 2018
****1
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Lucas Meachem (Athanaël) © Cory Weaver
Saint Paul

The Minnesota Opera stages Thaïs, a bright star in Massenet’s galaxy of women

By , 20 May 2018
****1
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Rachel Willis-Sørensen (The Marschallin) © Robert Workman | Glyndebourne Festival 2018
Glyndebourne

Seriously funny, musically transcendent: Glyndebourne's Rosenkavalier

By , 20 May 2018
*****
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Michael Kupfer-Radecky (Don Pizarro), Ricarda Merbeth (Leonore) and Stephen Gould (Florestan) © Masahiko Terashi | New National Theatre, Tokyo
Tokyo

Cynicism reigns in Katharina Wagner’s Fidelio in Tokyo

By , 20 May 2018
****1
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Daniela Fally (Italian Singer) © Wiener Staatsoper | Michael Poehn
Vienna

Capriccio: Strauss’ swansong at the Staatsoper

By , 20 May 2018
***11
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Street Scene © Robbie McFadzean | Royal Conservatoire of Scotland
Glasgow

A vibrant Street Scene from the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland

By , 19 May 2018
****1
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Olga Busuioc (Cio-Cio San) © Robbie Jack
Glyndebourne

Tears on the picnic lawn: Madama Butterfly makes her bow at the Glyndebourne Festival

By , 19 May 2018
***11
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Don Carlo © Barbara Aumüller
Berlin

Dampened fire: Don Carlo at the Deutsche Oper

By , 18 May 2018
***11
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Adelaide

The State Opera’s Pearl Fishers graces Adelaide's stage

By , 17 May 2018
****1
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Anna Caterina Antonacci (Susanna) and Bruno Danjoux (Servant) © Rammella & Giannese/Piva | Teatro Regio Torino
Turin

On the female condition: two 20th-century operas in Turin

By , 16 May 2018
****1
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Anja Silja (Wilhelmine von Bayreuth), Pauline Rinvet (Sister) and Kathrin Zukowsk (Brother) © Jean-Marc Turmes
Munich

Hasse’s Artaserse in Munich: an unusual pasticcio

By , 15 May 2018
***11
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Juan Diego Flórez (Edgardo) and Venera Gimadieva (Lucia) © Wilfried Hösl
Munich

Great success for Gimadieva and Flórez in Munich's Lucia di Lammermoor

By , 13 May 2018
****1
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Cardillac © Michele Borzoni | TerraProject/Contrasto
Florence

Fabio Luisi conducts Cardillac at the Maggio Musicale Fiorentino

By , 12 May 2018
****1
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Jennifer Rowley (Tosca) and Ambrogio Maestri (Scarpia) © Jessica Griffin | Philadelphia Orchestra
Philadelphia

Yusif Eyvazov a magnificent Cavardossi in Philadelphia's Tosca

By , 12 May 2018
*****
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Elīna Garanča (Dalila) and Roberto Alagna (Samson) © Wiener Staatsoper | Michael Pöhn
Vienna

Softly awakes my cold, cold heart: a tepid Samson et Dalila in Vienna

By , 12 May 2018
***11
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Nicole Chevalier (Semele), Katarina Bradić (Ino) and Ezgi Kutlu (Juno) © Monika Rittershaus
Berlin

Thunder and lightning put an end to love in Komische Oper’s Semele

By , 12 May 2018
****1
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Angela Meade (Leonora) and Annika Schlicht (Ines) © Bettina Stöß
Berlin

Rachvelishvili triumphs as Azucena in Berlin

By , 12 May 2018
****1
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Vincent Turregano, Mara Bonde and Neal Ferreira © Liza Voll
Boston

Strangers in Paradise: Boston Lyric Opera’s Trouble in Tahiti

By , 11 May 2018
*****
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Barbara Hannigan (Isabel), Stéphane Degout (King), Gyula Orendt (Gaveston) © ROH | Stephen Cummiskey
London

Lessons in Love and Violence: icy beauty and dramatic tension

By , 10 May 2018
****1
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