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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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
***11
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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
**111
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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
**111
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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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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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