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Aida at Teatro Real © Javier del Real | Teatro Real
Madrid

A tale of two princesses: a dusty Aida revived at the Teatro Real

By , 10 March 2018
***11
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Lisette Oropesa (Eurydice) © Ken Howard
Los Angeles

Lots of Gluck: LA Opera’s Orphée et Eurydice

By , 10 March 2018
***11
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Jonas Kaufmann and Sondra Radvanovsky © A. Bofill | Gran Teatre del Liceu
Barcelona

Great success for Radvanovsky and Álvarez at Kaufmann's night: Andrea Chénier at the Liceu

By , 09 March 2018
****1
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Ausrine Stundyte (Salome) and Christian Natter (Oscar Wilde) © Monika Rittershaus
Berlin

The silvery light of the moon: Neuenfels' bloodless Salome at the Berliner Staatsoper

By , 08 March 2018
***11
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Johan Reuter (Šiškov) © ROH | Clive Barda
London

An oppressive, living hell: From the House of the Dead at Covent Garden

By , 07 March 2018
***11
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The Day After © Jamie Manton
Glasgow

Dove’s The Day After: Apocalyptic raw energy and verve at RCS

By , 07 March 2018
****1
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Mary Plazas (The Duchess) and Adrian Dwyer (Waiter) © Pat Redmond
Dublin

Powder Her Face revival is gloriously kinky in Dublin

By , 06 March 2018
*****
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Nicola Alaimo (Falstaff) © János Posztós, Müpa Budapest
Budapest

All good fun: a flesh-and-blood Falstaff at Müpa Budapest

By , 06 March 2018
****1
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George Longworth (Puck) and Timothy Morgan (Oberon) © Chris Christodoulou
London

Benjamin Britten's recurring Dream, this time at the Royal College of Music

By , 05 March 2018
***11
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Christine Goerke (Elektra) and Mikhail Petrenko (Orest) © Karen Almond | Metropolitan Opera
New York City

Elektra's misery: up close and personal at The Met

By , 05 March 2018
*****
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Christian Gerhaher (Lenau) © Paul Leclaire
Zürich

Heinz Holliger’s new Lunea: pages from a poet’s life

By , 04 March 2018
****1
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Leah Crocetto (Elisabetta) and Russell Thomas (Don Carlo) © Scott Suchman
Washington

Musically resplendent Don Carlo in Washington

By , 03 March 2018
****1
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Kim Begley (Polonius) and Allan Clayton (Hamlet) © Tony Lewis
Adelaide

To sing or not to sing: Brett Dean's Hamlet in Adelaide

By , 02 March 2018
****1
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Craig Smith (Michele) in Il tabarro © Richard Hubert Smith
London

Brooding Tabarro and a humdinger of a Gianni Schicchi from ETO

By , 02 March 2018
****1
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Lucas Singer (Death), Nikolay Borchev (Emperor Overall) © Paul Leclaire
Cologne

An effectively unsettling The Emperor of Atlantis at Oper Köln

By , 02 March 2018
***11
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Joshua Bloom (Bottom) and Soraya Mafi (Tytania) © Robert Workman
London

Hot ice and strange snow: an unseasonal return for Carsen’s bed-hopping Dream

By , 01 March 2018
****1
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Véronique Gens, György Vashegyi and Thomas Dolié © Attila Nagy | Müpa Budapest
Budapest

A journey to the Indies: an excellent Les Indes galantes at Müpa Budapest

By , 27 February 2018
****1
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Vincenzo Costanzo (Alfredo) and Maria Mudryak (Violetta) © Luciano Romano
Naples

Raindrops are falling in Lorenzo Amato's Traviata in Naples

By , 27 February 2018
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Chloe Latchmore (Mère Marie), Bertie Watson, Georgia Mae Bishop (Madame de Croissy) © Clive Barda
London

Disappointing Dialogues des Carmélites at Guildhall School

By , 26 February 2018
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Ermonela Jaho (Cio-Cio-San) and Roberto Aronica (Pinkerton) © Karen Almond | Metropolitan Opera
New York City

Ermonela Jaho lives the part of Butterfly at the Met

By , 26 February 2018
*****
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Katarina Dalayman (Amneris) and Christina Nilsson (Aida) © Markus Gårder
Stockholm

Great debut for Christina Nilsson as Aida in Stockholm

By , 26 February 2018
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Stefan Vinke (Parsifal) and Nina Stemme (Kundry) © Danielle Liniger
Zürich

Enlightenment through compassion: Claus Guth's stellar Parsifal in Zurich

By , 25 February 2018
*****
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West Edge Opera's Snapshots
San Francisco

West Edge Opera’s Snapshots of the future

By , 25 February 2018
****1
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Juan Diego Flórez (Orphée) and Christiane Karg (Eurydice) © Brescia & Amisano | Teatro alla Scala
Milan

Mourning becomes Orpheus: Gluck at La Scala

By , 24 February 2018
****1
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Jennifer France (The Controller) © James Glossop
Glasgow

Dove’s Flight: Witty and poignant tale of airport life at Scottish Opera

By , 24 February 2018
****1
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Miklós Sebestyén (Commendatore) and Gavan Ring (Don Giovanni) © Richard Hubert Smith
Cardiff

A thrilling Don Giovanni at Welsh National Opera

By , 22 February 2018
****1
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Elena Xanthoudakis © William Knight
London

Damp squibs prevent ETO's Rossini: Fireworks! from taking off

By , 22 February 2018
***11
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Marianne Crebassa (Dorabella) © Cory Weaver
Chicago

Questions remained unanswered in a Così fan tutte revival in Chicago

By , 21 February 2018
***11
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Michael Fabiano (Rodolfo) and Sonya Yoncheva (Mimì) © Ken Howard | Metropolitan Opera
New York City

The Met's Bohème: As if it were new

By , 21 February 2018
*****
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Elizabeth Atherton (Donna Elvira) and John Savournin (Leporello) © Bill Cooper
Leeds

Funny blends with sinister: witty Don Giovanni revival at Opera North

By , 21 February 2018
****1
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Martin Winkler (Kovalyov) © Prudence Upton
Sydney

What’s up (with) Kosky’s Nose?

By , 21 February 2018
*****
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Michael Mayes (Joseph de Rocher) © Mark Allan | Barbican
London

Crime, punishment, forgiveness, redemption: Dead Man Walking finally reaches London

By , 20 February 2018
*****
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Angela Meade (Semiramide) © Ken Howard | Metropolitan Opera
New York City

A gaudy stand-and-sing Semiramide at the Met

By , 19 February 2018
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Stephanie Houtzeel (Xerses), Nina Bernsteiner (Romila) and Nora Friedrichs (Atalanta) © Jaro Suffner
Berlin

Periwigs and a plane tree: Baroque bawdiness at Komische Oper Berlin

By , 17 February 2018
****1
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Shura Baryshnikov (Jeanne) © Kathy Wittman, Ball Square Films
Cambridge

“Rising up triumphant!”: Odyssey Opera’s Jeanne d’Arc au bûcher

By , 17 February 2018
****1
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Anthony Roth Costanzo (The Boy) and Lauren Snouffer (Agnès) © Kelly & Massa for Opera Philadelphia
Philadelphia

Sex, angels and cannibalism: Written on Skin at Opera Philadelphia

By , 16 February 2018
****1
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Erika Sunnegårdh (Salome) © Rammella & Giannese/Piva | Teatro Regio Torino
Turin

Turin's Salome devoid of lunar magic

By , 15 February 2018
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Jacquelyn Stucker (Frasquita), Anna Goryachova (Carmen) and Aigul Akhmetashina (Mercédès) © ROH | Bill Cooper
London

Kosky's Carmen fails to light fires at Covent Garden

By , 14 February 2018
**111
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Joel Prieto (Sam) and Mary Bevan (Rose) © Javier del Real | Teatro Real
Madrid

A marble and a star: a vivid Street Scene at the Teatro Real

By , 14 February 2018
***11
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ENO Chorus © Clive Barda/ArenaPAL
London

A colourful, exuberant riot: Iolanthe at English National Opera

By , 13 February 2018
****1
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Andreas Schager (Tristan) and Anja Kampe (Isolde) © Monika Rittershaus
Berlin

Modified rapture: Tcherniakov's new Tristan und Isolde at the Staatsoper Berlin

By , 11 February 2018
***11
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Richard Troxell (Dan Leno) and Katherine Pracht (Elizabeth Cree) © Evan Hanover
Chicago

Victorian murder mystery: Elizabeth Cree at Chicago Opera Theater

By , 10 February 2018
****1
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Erika Simons (Antigona) © Jörg Landsberg
Amsterdam

Traetta's Antigona a forceful Baroque drama in Amsterdam

By , 10 February 2018
***11
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Viktória Vizin and Jordan Shanahan in Senza sangue © Zsófia Pályi | Müpa Budapest
Budapest

Senza sangue the ideal partner to Bluebeard’s Castle in sensational Hungarian double bill

By , 10 February 2018
*****
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Nikoleta Kapetanidou (The princess) and Grégoire Mour (The Prince) © Blandine Soulage
Lyon

Respighi rarity a riotous romp at Opéra de Lyon

By , 09 February 2018
***11
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Claire Rutter (Tosca) and Mark S Doss (Scarpia) © Richard Hubert Smith
Cardiff

An uncomplicated, thrilling Tosca from WNO

By , 09 February 2018
****1
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Dmitry Belosselskiy (Fiesco) and Leo Nucci (Simon Boccanegra) © Brescia & Amisano | Teatro alla Scala
Milan

Myung-whun Chung's Simon Boccanegra is worth a watch at La Scala

By , 08 February 2018
***11
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Toby Spence (Gandhi), ENO chorus © Donald Cooper
London

A persistent meditative state: Glass' Satyagraha at English National Opera

By , 07 February 2018
***11
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Andrew Watts (Baba the Turk) and Paul Appleby (Tom Rakewell) © Monika Rittershaus
Amsterdam

The Rake’s Progress in the here and now at Dutch National Opera

By , 06 February 2018
****1
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Evelyn Herlitzius (Kundry) and Klaus Florian Vogt (Parsifal) © Ken Howard | Metropolitan Opera
New York City

Suffering, transcendence, redemption: The Met's Parsifal is a long trip, well worth it

By , 05 February 2018
*****
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