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Bruno de Simone (Beaupertuis), Zuzana Marková	 (Elena) and Pietro Adaini (Fadinard) © Francesco Squeglia
Naples

Nino Rota's Il Cappello di paglia di Firenze: a fantastic folle journée at Teatro di San Carlo

By , 10 May 2018
*****
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Marc Minkowski and Ambroisine Bré © Hana Smejkalová
Prague

A colorful, revealing reprise of Clemenza in Prague

By , 10 May 2018
****1
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Rachel Redmond (Susanna) and Nadine Benjamin (Countess) © Jane Hobson
Bromley

A warm, but basic Marriage of Figaro from English Touring Opera

By , 08 May 2018
***11
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Florian Schuele and Ekaterina Scherbachenko (Vitellia) © Ruth Walz
Amsterdam

Beautiful but infuriating: the Currentzis-Sellar Clemenza in Amsterdam

By , 07 May 2018
***11
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Il corsaro at the Teatro Municipale, Piacenza © Mirella Verile
Piacenza

A traditional Il corsaro revived in Piacenza

By , 06 May 2018
***11
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Gordon Hawkins (Amonasro) and Leah Crocetto (Aida) © Philip Newton
Seattle

A visually stunning Aida at Seattle Opera

By , 05 May 2018
***11
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Natalya Romaniw (Tatyana) © James Glossop
Glasgow

Natalya Romaniw thrills in Scottish Opera’s epic Eugene Onegin

By , 03 May 2018
****1
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Marco Vratogna (Scarpia) © Jeff Busby
Melbourne

Opera Australia’s Tosca highlights the tyranny of evil Scarpia

By , 01 May 2018
****1
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Anna Netrebko (Tosca) and Michael Volle (Scarpia) © Ken Howard | Metropolitan Opera
New York City

High Cs to burn: Netrebko stars in The Met’s new, hot-blooded Tosca

By , 30 April 2018
*****
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Cornelia Beskow (Tatyana) © Sören Vilks
Stockholm

Eugene Onegin in Stockholm: Tatyana steals the show

By , 30 April 2018
***11
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Gerhard Siegel and Nina Stemme © Roger Mastroianni, Courtesy of The Cleveland Orchestra
Cleveland

Stupendous Tristan und Isolde in Cleveland with Stemme and Welser-Möst

By , 29 April 2018
*****
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Daniela Mack (Carmen) © Steven Pisano for Opera Philadelphia
Philadelphia

Billboards, red dresses and a green balloon: Carmen in Philadelphia

By , 27 April 2018
****1
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Vannina Santoni (Princess Saamcheddine) and Jean-Sébastien Bou (Mârouf) © Vincent Pontet
Paris

Full of eastern promise: Mârouf, savetier du Caire at the Opéra Comique

By , 23 April 2018
****1
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Ailyn Pérez (Juliette) and Andrea Shin (Roméo) © Ken Howard | Metropolitan Opera
New York City

An unexpected Met debut in Roméo et Juliette

By , 23 April 2018
***11
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Eszter Sümegi (Amelia), Attila Fekete (Gustavo) and Alexandru Agache (Renato) © Valter Berecz
Budapest

Un ballo in maschera glitters but doesn’t ignite in Budapest

By , 21 April 2018
***11
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Natalya Boeva © Zsófia Pályi, Budapest Spring Festival
Budapest

Keeping Up with the Prussians: an homage to Wilhelmine von Bayreuth with Hasse's Artaserse

By , 21 April 2018
***11
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Joyce DiDonato (Cendrillon) © Ken Howard | Met Opera
New York City

A pleasant last première of the season at the Metropolitan Opera

By , 20 April 2018
****1
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Angela Meade (Giselda, different performance) © Ramella & Giannese | Teatro Regio Torino
Turin

I Lombardi alla prima crociata returns to Turin’s Teatro Regio after 93 years

By , 20 April 2018
***11
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Krešimir Špicer (Ulysses) and Christopher Enns (Telemaco) © Bruce Zinger | Opera Atelier
Toronto

Opera Atelier's strengths reinforced with Il ritorno d'Ulisse in patria

By , 19 April 2018
***11
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Jennifer Holloway Salome and Oliver Johnston (Narraboth) © Robert Workman
Leeds

Opera North’s Salome is still enticingly outrageous today

By , 19 April 2018
****1
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Burkhard Fritz (Waldemar) © DNO 2018
Amsterdam

Spectacular Gurrelieder revived at Dutch National Opera

By , 18 April 2018
****1
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Erin Morley (Cunegonde) © Chris Lee
New York City

Glittering Candide: a celebration at Carnegie Hall

By , 18 April 2018
*****
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Jonathan Lemalu (Figaro) and Tara Erraught (Susanna) © Pat Redmond
Dublin

Fun and frolics at Irish National Opera's Figaro

By , 17 April 2018
****1
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Corinne Winters (Violetta) © Jeff Busby
Melbourne

Opera Australia's beautiful La traviata returns to Melbourne

By , 17 April 2018
***11
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Maria José Siri (Francesca) and Marcelo Puente (Paolo) © Brescia & Amisano | Teatro alla Scala
Milan

Breaking with Verismo: Zandonai's Francesca da Rimini returns to La Scala

By , 15 April 2018
****1
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Natalia Kreslina (Katerina) © Luciano Romano
Naples

A study in black and terror: Lady Macbeth of the Mtsensk District in Naples

By , 15 April 2018
****1
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Faustine De Monès (Sœur Constance) and Suzanne Jérosme (Blanche) © Ludwig Koerfer
Aachen

A fear of fear: Poulenc's Carmélites in Aachen

By , 15 April 2018
****1
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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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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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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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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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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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