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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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Julie Fuchs (Poppea) © Monika Rittershaus
Zürich

Monteverdi’s Poppea in Zurich: metaphor for the modern world

By , 24 June 2018
****1
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Jonathan Lemalu (Osmin) and Paul Curievici (Pedrillo) © Simon Annand
Alresford

Harem capers: Copley directs a knockabout Seraglio at Grange Festival

By , 24 June 2018
***11
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Daniel Brenna (Siegfried), Stacey Tappan, Renée Tatum and Lauren McNeese (Rhinemaidens) © Cory Weaver | San Francisco Opera
San Francisco

The San Francisco Ring: Episode IV – A New Hope

By , 24 June 2018
*****
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Keith Phares (Roderick Usher), Jamielyn Duggan (Madeline Usher) and Dominic Armstrong (Poe) © Craig T Mathew
Santa Monica

Two Gordon Getty operas get the Masterpiece Theatre treatment

By , 24 June 2018
****1
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Rules of Good Behavior © Marek Olbrzymek
Prague

Prague embraces the shock of the new

By , 23 June 2018
****1
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Daniel Brenna (Siegfried) © Cory Weaver | San Francisco Opera
San Francisco

A gritty Siegfried continues the San Francisco Opera Ring

By , 22 June 2018
****1
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Il viaggio a Reims © Thomas Aurin
Berlin

Journey to nowhere: Il viaggio a Reims at the Deutsche Oper

By , 22 June 2018
***11
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Stuart Skelton (Florestan) and Ricarda Merbeth (Leonore) © Brescia & Amisano | Teatro alla Scala
Milan

No protests required: Deborah Warner's Fidelio returns to La Scala

By , 21 June 2018
****1
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Emma Pearson (Athalia) and Freddie Shaw (Joas) © Robert Catto
Sydney

Pinchgut Opera's Athalia in Sydney: fabulous performance marred by directiorial problems

By , 21 June 2018
***11
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Plácido Domingo (Macbeth) and Anna Netrebko (Lady Macbeth) © Bernd Uhlig
Berlin

Sparks fail to fly at the Staatsoper Berlin's new Macbeth

By , 21 June 2018
***11
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Joseph Shovelton (First Gunman), John Savournin (Second Gunman) © Tristram Kenton
London

Brush up your Shakespeare: Opera North's Kiss me Kate arrives in London

By , 20 June 2018
***11
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Iréne Theorin (Brünnhilde) and her Valkyrie sisters © Cory Weaver | San Francisco Opera
San Francisco

Valkyries parachute into San Francisco

By , 20 June 2018
****1
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Falk Struckmann (Alberich) and Greer Grimsley (Wotan) © Cory Weaver | San Francisco Opera
San Francisco

A strong start for San Francisco Opera's Ring

By , 19 June 2018
****1
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Sophie Koch (Venus) and Stephen Gould (Tannhäuser) © Zsófia Pályi, Müpa Budapest
Budapest

Tannhäuser's long and tortuous journey of the spirit in Budapest

By , 17 June 2018
****1
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Henry Waddington (Falstaff) © Clive Barda
High Wycombe

Songs of innocence and experience: Verdi's Falstaff at Garsington

By , 16 June 2018
****1
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Allison Oakes (Isolde) and Peter Seiffert (Tristan) © Zsófia Pályi, Müpa Budapest
Budapest

The ultimate love story: Wagner’s Tristan und Isolde in Budapest

By , 16 June 2018
****1
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Maria Agresta (Mimì), Matthew Polenzani (Rodolfo) in Act 4 © ROH | Catherine Ashmore
London

La bohème at the Royal Opera: a simple tragedy, heart-rendingly told

By , 16 June 2018
****1
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Günter Papendell (Platon Kuzmich Kovalyov) © Iko Freese | drama-berlin.de
Berlin

Kosky's Nose comes home to Komische Oper

By , 16 June 2018
****1
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Kirstin Sharpin (Senta) and Jonathan Stoughton (Erik) © Matthew Williams-Ellis
Moreton-in-Marsh

Der fliegende Holländer: an exhilarating storm-tossed evening in the Cotswolds

By , 13 June 2018
***11
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Lucy Hall (Galatea) © Dani Harvey
London

#Handel@ENO: Acis and Galatea for the social media age

By , 11 June 2018
****1
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Sarah Connolly (Giulio Cesare) and Joélle Harvey (Cleopatra) © Bill Cooper
Glyndebourne

Carry on Cleo: Joélle Harvey leads terrific revival of Giulio Cesare at Glyndebourne

By , 10 June 2018
****1
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Francesca Aspromonte (Alceste) and Ann Hallenberg (Teseo) © Thomas Ziegler
Halle

Simply outstanding: Arianna in Creta at the Halle Handel Festival

By , 09 June 2018
*****
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Claire Rutter (Amelia) and Vincenzo Costanzo (Riccardo) © Robert Workman
West Horsley

Country-house Ball: Verdi at Grange Park Opera

By , 09 June 2018
***11
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Juanjo Mena © Michal Novak
Manchester

The BBC Philharmonic say adiós to Mena

By , 09 June 2018
*****
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John Irvin (Almaviva) and the Grange Chorus © Simon Annand
Alresford

Ludicrous, but brilliant: The Barber of Seville at The Grange Festival

By , 09 June 2018
****1
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Nicholas Morris (The Invisible) © Stephen Cummiskey
Snape

Pastel-perfect hell: To See The Invisible at the Aldeburgh Festival

By , 08 June 2018
****1
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Elisabet Strid (Senta) © Gábor Kotschy | Müpa Budapest
Budapest

A powerful gale of sound in Budapest's Dutchman

By , 08 June 2018
****1
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Anna Bonitatibus (Agrippina) © Robert Workman
Alresford

Agrippina triumphs at The Grange Festival

By , 08 June 2018
*****
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Štěpánka Pučálková (Charlotte) and Peter Berger (Werther) © Patrik Borecký
Prague

A dark update for Werther in Prague

By , 07 June 2018
****1
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Gregory Kunde (Des Grieux) and Liudmyla Monastyrska (Manon) © A. Bofill
Barcelona

A forlorn Manon Lescaut arrives in Barcelona

By , 07 June 2018
***11
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Jennifer Davis (Elsa) and Klaus Florian Vogt (Lohengrin) © ROH | Clive Barda
London

Swan cruise: Nelsons navigates a musically impressive Lohengrin at Covent Garden

By , 07 June 2018
***11
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Regula Mühlemann (Rosina) and Lukas Jakobski (Cassandro)
London

Youthful japes: La finta semplice at the QEH

By , 06 June 2018
****1
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Peter Sonn (Eginhard) © Brescia & Amisano | Teatro alla Scala
Milan

Schubert's Fierrabras premieres at La Scala, with mixed results

By , 05 June 2018
***11
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Nina Minasyan (Olympia) © Baus
Amsterdam

Superb, sinister Tales of Hoffmann at Dutch National Opera

By , 03 June 2018
*****
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Victoire Bunel (Théone) © Andrey Chuntomov
Paris

Russia meets France: Lully’s Phaéton in Versailles

By , 03 June 2018
****1
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Carolina Lippo (Ifigenia) and Florian Köfler (Filotete) © Herwig Prammer
Bernburg (Saale)

Handel's pasticcio Oreste in Bernburg at Halle Handel Festival

By , 02 June 2018
***11
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Daniel Okulitch (Ennis Del Mar) and Glenn Seven Allen (Jack Twist) © Sarah Shatz
New York City

Wuorinen’s Brokeback Mountain returns home to NYCO

By , 02 June 2018
***11
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Christof Fischesser, George Petean (Carlo), Hibla Gerzmava (Leonora) and Marcelo Puente (Alvaro) © Monika Rittershaus
Zürich

Twist of Fate: Hibla Gerzmava shines in botched Forza in Zurich

By , 02 June 2018
***11
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Rachel Kelly (Isabella) and Leonardo Galeazzi (Mustafa) © Frances Marshall
Lismore

L’italiana in Algeri at Blackwater Valley Opera Festival

By , 01 June 2018
***11
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Miah Persson (Countess), Sam Furness (Flamand) in background © Johan Persson
High Wycombe

A gentle, sympathetic Capriccio at Garsington

By , 01 June 2018
***11
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Louise Alder (Pamina) with Lucas Rebato, Frederick Jemison, Dionysios Sevastakis (Three Boys) © Johan Persson
High Wycombe

Truth and Wisdom: a searching Zauberflöte at Garsington

By , 31 May 2018
****1
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Sarah Tynan (Despina) and Peter Coleman-Wright (Don Alfonso) © Robert Workman
London

A classically elegant Così fan tutte for a balmy summer evening at Holland Park

By , 31 May 2018
****1
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Pene Pati (Nemorino) © Simon Watts
Auckland

New Zealand Opera’s L’elisir d’amore: an evergreen charmer

By , 31 May 2018
*****
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Lauren Fagan (Violetta) © Robert Workman
London

Peacocks in Paris: an engrossing La traviata at Opera Holland Park

By , 29 May 2018
****1
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Candide © Mitzi de Margary Photography
Bradford on Avon

Escape to the country: Bernstein's Candide at Iford

By , 29 May 2018
****1
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Jakob Bloch Jespersen (Leporello) and Johannes Weisser (Don Giovanni) © Erik Berg
Oslo

Too many doors: an occasionally inert, but well-sung Don Giovanni in Oslo

By , 29 May 2018
***11
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Parnasso in festa © Marcus Lieberenz
Bad Lauchstädt

Parnasso in festa at the Halle Handel Festival a gorgeous indulgence

By , 28 May 2018
*****
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The female soloists © Thomas Ziegler
Halle

Samson is a great treat at the Halle Handel Festival

By , 27 May 2018
****1
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Bo Skovhus (Šiškov) and Chorus © Wilfried Hösl
Munich

House arrested: Janáček's last opera in Munich

By , 26 May 2018
***11
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