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Anna Caterina Antonacci (Elizabeth) and Leigh Melrose (Cecil) © Javier del Real | Teatro Real
Madrid

The vindication of a neglected masterpiece: a landmark Gloriana at the Teatro Real

By , 14 April 2018
*****
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Sonia Prina (Orlando) © Festival della Valle d’Itria di Martina Franca
Venice

Vivaldi in Venice: Orlando furioso as Baroque extravaganza at the Teatro Malibran

By , 13 April 2018
****1
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Brandon Jovanovich (Sergey), Eva-Maria Westbroek (Katerina) © ROH | Clive Barda
London

No muddle, just music: Pappano delivers an exceptional Lady Macbeth of Mtsensk

By , 12 April 2018
****1
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Diana Damrau (Maria Stuarda) and Serena Farnocchia (Elisabetta) © Monika Rittershaus
Zürich

Defiling the throne: David Alden's cumbersome Maria Stuarda disappoints in Zurich

By , 11 April 2018
***11
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Tim Mead © Benjamin Ealovega
London

Giulio Cesare in Londra with the marvellous Early Opera Company

By , 11 April 2018
*****
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Daniel Sutin (Giacomo) and Haeran Hong (Giovanna) © Kathy Wittman
Boston

Maid in Heaven: Odyssey Opera’s Giovanna d’Arco

By , 07 April 2018
***11
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Sternenhoch © Patrik Borecký
Prague

Sternenhoch: Delightful depravity in Prague

By , 07 April 2018
****1
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Svetlana Kasyan (Tosca) © Yasuko Kageyama | Teatro dell’Opera di Roma
Rome

Time-travelling back to 1900: an eye-popping Tosca in Rome

By , 07 April 2018
****1
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Nina Stemme, Simon Rattle, Stuart Skelton and the Berlin Philharmonic © Monika Rittershaus
Berlin

An unforgettable Parsifal from Rattle, the Berlin Phil and a world-beating cast

By , 06 April 2018
*****
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Carmela Remigio (Nedda) and Fabio Sartori (Canio) © Yasuko Kageyama | Teatro dell’Opera di Roma
Rome

Opera as circus: a controversial Cav & Pag double bill in Rome

By , 05 April 2018
**111
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Ambrogio Maestri (Don Pasquale) © Brescia & Amisano | Teatro alla Scala
Milan

Don Pasquale, or, The Revenge of the Dead Mother

By , 03 April 2018
****1
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Christiane Karg (Calisto) © Wilfried Hösl
Munich

Cavalli's La Calisto returns to Munich in Alden’s psychedelic staging

By , 02 April 2018
****1
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Sonya Yoncheva (Luisa) and Piotr Beczała (Rodolfo) © Chris Lee | Metropolitan Opera
New York City

Superb Yoncheva and Beczała in The Met's Luisa Miller, anchored by Domingo

By , 02 April 2018
*****
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Guanqun Yu (Liù) © Richard Termine | Metropolitan Opera
New York City

Guanqun Yu's Liù the shining star of Turandot at The Met

By , 31 March 2018
***11
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Parsifal © Hans Jörg Michel
Mannheim

An unforgettable Good Friday Parsifal in Mannheim's historic production

By , 30 March 2018
*****
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Peter Rose and Adrienne Pieczonka © Stefan Cohen
New York City

A Rosenkavalier of masterly élan from Kirill Petrenko and the Bayerische Staatsoper at Carnegie Hall

By , 29 March 2018
****1
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Mary Bevan (Coraline), Kitty Whatey (Other Mother) and Ghost Children © ROH | Stephen Cummiskey
London

Entertaining but not entrancing: Royal Opera ventures into fantasy with Turnage's Coraline

By , 29 March 2018
***11
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Lucy Crowe (Countess Almaviva) © Alastair Muir
London

Lust and labyrinths: The Marriage of Figaro at English National Opera

By , 29 March 2018
****1
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Asmik Grigorian (Tatyana) and Günter Papendell (Onegin) © Iko Freese | drama-berlin.de (2016)
Berlin

A study in contrasts: Barrie Kosky's compelling Onegin returns to the Komische Oper

By , 29 March 2018
****1
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Oksana Dyka (Gulnara) © Miguel Lorenzo and Mikel Ponce | Les Arts
Valencia

Byron writes himself the lead role in Verdi's Il corsaro in Valencia

By , 28 March 2018
***11
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Kirill Petrenko © Wilfried Hösl
New York City

A remarkable, long-overdue debut at Carnegie Hall: Kirill Petrenko and the Bayerisches Staatsorchester

By , 28 March 2018
*****
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Željko Lučić (Macbeth) and Anna Netrebko (Lady Macbeth) © ROH | Bill Cooper
London

Netrebko and Lučić in Macbeth: a Covent Garden masterclass in operatic villainy

By , 25 March 2018
****1
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Rubén Olivares Jofré (Belfiore) © Jochen Klenk
Baden-Baden

Nothing false about La finta giardiniera in Baden-Baden

By , 25 March 2018
****1
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Saioa Hernández (La Gioconda) and Anna Maria Chiuri (Laura) © Rolando Paolo Guerzoni
Modena

La Gioconda in Modena: a popularly acclaimed, small-town grand opera

By , 25 March 2018
***11
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Michael Volle (Sir John Falstaff) © Matthias Baus
Berlin

Falstaff at the Festtage: Verdi's masterpiece in a new production at the Berlin Staatsoper

By , 25 March 2018
****1
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Iestyn Davies (Rinaldo) © Chris Lee
New York City

Bicket and The English Concert leave Carnegie Hall thrilled

By , 25 March 2018
*****
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Laura Zigmantaite (Dryad), Mardi Byers (Ariadne), Elizabeth Cragg (Naiad) and Lucy Hall (Echo) © Richard Campbell
Glasgow

Scottish Opera’s Ariadne auf Naxos is witty and passionate

By , 24 March 2018
****1
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Ruxandra Donose (Kundry) © Monika Rittershaus
Baden-Baden

Dieter Dorn’s Parsifal in Baden-Baden brings the full Monty to Monsalvat

By , 24 March 2018
***11
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Wolfgang Ablinger-Sperrhacke (Barbe-bleue) © Iko Freese | drama-berlin.de
Berlin

A boisterous romp in Offenbach's Bluebeard at the Komische Oper Berlin

By , 23 March 2018
***11
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Robert Tucker (supporting roles) and Amelia Berry (Cunegonde) © Simon Watt
Auckland

Disappointing Candide in Auckland

By , 23 March 2018
**111
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Ho-Yoon Chung (Rodolfo) and Iulia Maria Dan (Mimì) © Prudence Upton
Sydney

Boho chic: Handa Opera on Sydney Harbour returns

By , 23 March 2018
****1
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Jonas Hacker (Timothy Laughlin) © Todd Rosenberg
Chicago

Paranoia and duplicity in Lyric Opera of Chicago's Fellow Travelers

By , 23 March 2018
****1
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Kacper Szelążek (Bacco) © Ruth Walz
Amsterdam

Dutch National Opera successfully resurrects La morte d’Orfeo

By , 23 March 2018
****1
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Sebastià Peris i Marco (Sam) and Turiya Haudenhuyse (Dinah) © Hans van den Bogaard
Amsterdam

Trouble in Tahiti and Clemency make an intriguing Dutch National double bill

By , 22 March 2018
***11
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Serena Malfi (Dorabella) and Adam Plachetka (Guglielmo) © Marty Sohl | Metropolitan Opera
New York City

Lots of fun, but little regard for Mozart and da Ponte in the Met's Così

By , 20 March 2018
***11
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Ferruccio Furlanetto (Don Quichotte) © Ken Howard | San Diego Opera
Sydney

Enter the madman: Massenet’s Don Quichotte in Sydney

By , 19 March 2018
***11
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Kate Lindsey (Ariodante) © Javier del Real | Teatro Real
Madrid

Handel’s Ariodante comes from Vienna to Madrid

By , 18 March 2018
***11
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James Maddalena (Jonathan Peachum), Kelly Kaduce (Polly Peachum) and Michelle Trainor (Mrs Peachum) © Liza Voll Photography
Boston

A muffled scream in the night: The Threepenny Opera at Boston Lyric Opera

By , 18 March 2018
***11
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Christian Van Horn (Méphistophélès) © Cory Weaver
Chicago

Méphistophélès, master puppeteer: a new Faust at Lyric Opera of Chicago

By , 18 March 2018
****1
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Michele Pertusi (Philippe) and Sally Matthews (Elisabeth) © Jean-Louis Fernandez
Lyon

Darkness and grandeur in Christophe Honoré's staging of Don Carlos for Opéra de Lyon

By , 17 March 2018
****1
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Elchin Azizov (Macbeth) and Susanna Branchini (Lady Macbeth) © Stofleth
Lyon

Macbeth, Thane of Wall Street: Lyon's Verdi Festival launches with “the Scottish opera”

By , 16 March 2018
***11
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Claudia Boyle (Violetta) © Catherine Ashmore
London

More croce than delizia: Daniel Kramer’s new Traviata offers entertainment but little heart

By , 16 March 2018
**111
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Insik Choi (De Brétigny) and Zuzana Marková (Manon Lescaut) © Bernd Uhlig
Cologne

A conceptually bold Manon at Oper Köln

By , 15 March 2018
****1
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Carmela Remigio (Elcia) and Enea Scala (Osiride) © F. Squeglia
Naples

From darkness to light for Rossini's Mosè in Egitto in Naples

By , 15 March 2018
****1
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Jurgita Adamonytė (Mélisande) and Jacques Imbrailo (Pelléas) © Clive Barda
Hong Kong

Luminous performances lift heavy-metal staging of Pelléas et Mélisande

By , 15 March 2018
****1
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Mamadou Ndiaye; Lenneke Ruiten (La Mort) © DNO 2018 | Monika Rittershaus
Amsterdam

Musically superlative Das Floß der Medusa at Dutch National Opera

By , 13 March 2018
****1
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Mauro Borgioni (Orfeo) © Rammella & Giannese/Piva | Teatro Regio Torino
Turin

Turin's Orpheus does not ascend to Heaven

By , 13 March 2018
**111
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Nicholas Mogg (Steward), Marvic Monreal (Older Woman) and Olivia Warburton (Stewardess) © Robert Workman
London

Dove's Flight takes off superbly to launch Royal Academy's new theatre

By , 12 March 2018
*****
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Iain Paterson (The Dutchman) © Monika Kolstad | Bergen National Opera
Bergen

The Flying Dutchman sails into Bergen

By , 10 March 2018
****1
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Malin Byström (Fedora) © Markus Gårder
Stockholm

Royal Swedish Opera salutes Malin Byström’s thrilling performance as Fedora

By , 10 March 2018
****1
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