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Leonardo Capalbo (Rodrigue) and Dorset Opera Chorus © Fritz Curzon
Blandford Forum

Sins of the fathers: Le Cid at Dorset Opera Festival

By , 26 July 2018
****1
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Lauren Michelle (Musetta) and Charles Johnston (Alcindoro) © Fritz Curzon
Blandford Forum

A girl next door: La bohème at Dorset Opera Festival

By , 25 July 2018
****1
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David Portillo (Pasquale) and Elena Sancho Pereg (Eurilla) © Wilfried Hösl
Munich

Reality and fantasy in a new production of Orlando Paladino in Munich

By , 25 July 2018
****1
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Salome Jicia (Violetta Valéry) © Alfredo Tabocchini
Macerata

Svoboda’s “Traviata of the Mirrors” returns to Macerata

By , 22 July 2018
****1
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Alex Esposito (Dulcamara) © Alfredo Tabocchini
Macerata

Michieletto's L'elisir d'amore finds its ideal setting at the Macerata Festival

By , 21 July 2018
*****
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Nathan Keoughan (Pink) and James Eder (The Judge) © Philip Groshong
Cincinnati

Pink Floyd as opera: Another Brick in the Wall receives US première at Cincinnati Opera

By , 21 July 2018
***11
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Emma Novak (Frog) and Eric Owens (Forester) © Karli Cadel
Cooperstown

Eric Owens’ Forester the highlight of Glimmerglass' Cunning Little Vixen

By , 21 July 2018
***11
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Guido Loconsolo (Papageno) and Valentina Mastrangelo (Pamina) © Alfredo Tabocchini
Macerata

Graham Vick's new Magic Flute opens the Macerata Opera Festival

By , 20 July 2018
***11
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Kate Howden (Cendrillon) and Bradley Smith (Prince Ramir) © Bampton Classical Opera
Oxford

Une princesse inconnue: Isouard's Cendrillon from Bampton Classical Opera

By , 20 July 2018
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Karina Gauvin (Merab), Anna Devin (Michal), Iestyn Davies (David) and Allan Clayton (Jonathan) © Bill Cooper
Glyndebourne

Everybody loves David: Handel’s Saul at Glyndebourne

By , 19 July 2018
****1
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Laurent Naouri © Russell Duncan and Opera Rara | ROH
London

Donizetti's L'Ange de Nisida shines at its belated world première

By , 18 July 2018
****1
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Elena Gabouri (Amneris) and Amber Wagner (Aida) © Prudence Upton
Sydney

Digitally Aida’d: A new production at Opera Australia

By , 18 July 2018
****1
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Jennifer France (Zerbinetta) © Robert Workman
London

Ariadne aus Glasgow: Strauss’ opera gets a few twists at Opera Holland Park

By , 17 July 2018
****1
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Christina Gansch (Mélisande) and John Chest (Pelléas) © BBC | Chris Christodoulou
London

Prom 5: Glyndebourne's baffling Pélleas et Mélisande arrives at the Proms

By , 17 July 2018
****1
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Russell Thomas © Fay Fox
Los Angeles

Dudamel serves up Otello at the Hollywood Bowl

By , 15 July 2018
***11
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Riccardo Muti conducting the Orchestra del Maggio Musicale Fiorentino © Silvia Lelli
Ravenna

Riccardo Muti conducts a majestic Macbeth in Ravenna

By , 15 July 2018
*****
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Anne Sophie Duprels (Isabeau) © Ali Wright
London

Mascagni's Isabeau at Opera Holland Park

By , 14 July 2018
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Ermonela Jaho (Suor Angelica) © Wilfired Hösl
Munich

Kirill Petrenko and a luxury cast grace Il trittico in Munich

By , 14 July 2018
*****
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Saimir Pirgu (The Duke of Mantua) and Nino Surguladze (Maddalena) © Francesco Squeglia
Naples

A solid, dramatic staging for Rigoletto in Naples

By , 14 July 2018
****1
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Jonathan Tetelman and Kristine Opolais © Hilary Scott
Lenox

Nelsons sheds light on Puccini's canvas in a concert performance of La bohème at Tanglewood

By , 14 July 2018
****1
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Laura Aikin (Singer) © Clärchen und Matthias Baus
Berlin

Ti vedo, ti sento, mi perdo: Jürgen Flimm's farewell to the Staatsoper Berlin

By , 13 July 2018
***11
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Clare Presland (Composer) © Matthew Williams-Ellis
Moreton-in-Marsh

A game of two halves: Ariadne auf Naxos at Longborough

By , 13 July 2018
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Pelléas et Mélisande © Monika Rittershaus
Berlin

Pelléas et Mélisande: Kosky's sleep-talking, nightmare at Komische Oper

By , 12 July 2018
*****
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Brian Jagde (Cavaradossi) and Ainhoa Arteta (Tosca) © Luciano Romano
Naples

Tosca finally set in its own time and place at the Teatro San Carlo

By , 12 July 2018
***11
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Die Gezeichneten © Iko Freese | drama-berlin.de
Berlin

Penetrating Schreker’s kaleidoscopic score: Die Gezeichneten in Berlin

By , 11 July 2018
****1
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Clemens Unterreiner (Valentin) © Valtteri Hirvonen
Savonlinna

Satan, sex, blood and redemption: Faust in Finland

By , 11 July 2018
****1
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Sir Bryn Terfel (Falstaff) and Rupert © ROH | Catherine Ashmore
London

Sir John in Love: the fat knight returns to Covent Garden

By , 10 July 2018
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Misha Didyk (Hermann) © Valtteri Hirvonen
Savonlinna

Staging, spectacle, singing: three-card trick at Savonlinna's new Queen of Spades

By , 10 July 2018
****1
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Sae-Kyung Rim (Cio-Cio-San) and Mikael Kohi © Soila Puurtinen
Savonlinna

Butterfly's castle: Puccini soars at Savonlinna

By , 09 July 2018
****1
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Paul Nilon (Idomeneo) © Richard Hubert Smith
Buxton

Monsters of the mind: Idomeneo at the Buxton Festival

By , 08 July 2018
***11
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James Cleverton (Gusmano) and Jung Soo Yun (Zamoro) © Richard Hubert Smith
Buxton

Revolutionary jungle fever: Verdi's Alzira staged at the Buxton Festival

By , 07 July 2018
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Trial by water: Stanislas de Barbeyrac (Tamino), Mari Eriksmoen (Pamina) © Pascal Victor | artcompress
Aix-en-Provence

Putting the magic back into Zauberflöte: Simon McBurney at Aix

By , 06 July 2018
*****
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Aušrinė Stundytė (Renata) © Pascal Victor | artcompress
Aix-en-Provence

Occult, mystical, extreme: Treliński brings Prokofiev’s Fiery Angel to the Aix Festival

By , 05 July 2018
****1
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Alice Poggio (Skater) © Johan Persson
High Wycombe

Shivers up and down the spine: David Sawer's The Skating Rink at Garsington

By , 05 July 2018
*****
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Galina Averina (Partenope) © Mitzi de Margary Photography
Bradford on Avon

Queen's dating dilemma: Handel's Partenope at Iford

By , 04 July 2018
****1
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Rupert Charlesworth (Dancing Master), Sabine Devieilhe (Zerbinetta) and troupe © Pascal Victor / Artcompress
Aix-en-Provence

Blissful soprano singing marooned in corporate-land: Ariadne in Aix

By , 04 July 2018
***11
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Aoife Miskelly (Susanna), Anna Harvey (Cherubino) and Sky Ingram (The Countess) © Robert Workman
Gateshead

The Marriage of Figaro: beautiful and beastly at Sage Gateshead

By , 04 July 2018
****1
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Lucia Cirillo (Despina), Federica Lombardi (Fiordiligi) and Annalisa Stroppa (Dorabella) © Rammella & Giannese/Piva | Teatro Regio Torino
Turin

A strong Italian cast in a traditional production of Così fan tutte in Turin

By , 01 July 2018
****1
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John Chest (Pelléas) and Christina Gansch (Mélisande) © Richard Hubert Smith
Glyndebourne

Shadows among the organ pipes: an enigmatic Pelléas et Mélisande on location in Glyndebourne

By , 30 June 2018
***11
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Sonya Yoncheva (Imogene) © Brescia & Amisano | Teatro alla Scala
Milan

Sonya Yoncheva triumphs in Il pirata at La Scala

By , 29 June 2018
****1
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Mariusz Kwiecień (Don Giovanni) and Hrachuhí Bassénz (Donna Elvira) © ROH | Bill Cooper
London

Hell is oneself: Don Giovanni returns to the Royal Opera in heavenly form

By , 29 June 2018
*****
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Richard Pinkstone (Sandy), James Atkinson (Blazes) and Timothy Edlin (Arthur), different cast © Chris Christodoulou
London

Obsession, isolation and terror at the Royal College of Music

By , 29 June 2018
****1
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Martin Bárta (Nabucco) © Patrik Borecký
Prague

A beautiful but lifeless Nabucco in Prague

By , 28 June 2018
***11
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Nina Stemme (Kundry) © Ruth Walz
Munich

Pierre Audi’s new Parsifal grinds the gears in Munich

By , 28 June 2018
****1
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Jessica Pratt (Lucia) and ensemble © Prudence Upton
Sydney

Mad scenes in Sydney for Jessica Pratt’s Lucia

By , 28 June 2018
*****
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Anna Patalong (Violetta) © Matthew Williams-Ellis
Moreton-in-Marsh

Shame, camera, action: Verdi's La traviata at Longborough

By , 26 June 2018
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Olena Tokar (Juliette) and David Junghoon Kim (Roméo) © Robert Workman
West Horsley

Romantic love blooms in the lost garden of West Horsley

By , 26 June 2018
***11
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Javier Camarena (Edgardo) and Lisette Oropesa (Lucia) © Javier del Real | Teatro Real
Madrid

Camarena does it again: Lucia di Lammermoor at the Teatro Real

By , 25 June 2018
****1
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Philippe Sly (Don Giovanni) and ensemble © Jean-Pierre Maurin
Lyon

David Marton turns Don Giovanni into a wrist-slashing wimp in Lyon

By , 25 June 2018
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Daniel Alexander Sidhom (Miles) © Johan Persson
London

Knocking it out the (Regent's) Park: ENO's The Turn of the Screw

By , 25 June 2018
*****
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