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Joseph Kaiser (Idomeneo) and Anna Stéphany (Idamante) © Monika Rittershaus
Zürich

Minimalistic new production of Idomeneo in Zurich

By , 04 February 2018
***11
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Andreas Schager (Siegfried) and Petra Lang (Brünnhilde) © Klaus Gigga
Dresden

Götterdämmerung splutters to a tepid conclusion in Dresden

By , 04 February 2018
***11
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Dénise Beck (Sidi) and Henning von Schulman (Dilfeng) © Camilla Winther
Copenhagen

The other Lulu: a Danish rarity in Copenhagen

By , 04 February 2018
***11
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Rafael Rojas (Gustavo) and Adrienn Miksch (Amelia) © Clive Barda
Leeds

Murder on the dance floor: an underwhelming Ballo in maschera from Opera North

By , 03 February 2018
**111
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John Osborn, Ruzan Mantashyan, Marina Viotti, Adam Palka © GTG | Magali Dougados
Geneva

Outstanding direction of a fine cast: Faust at Grand Théâtre de Genève

By , 03 February 2018
*****
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Allison Cook and Alex Otterburn © Jane Hobson
Glasgow

Scottish Opera’s Greek: a lively update on Oedipus

By , 03 February 2018
****1
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Christoph Pohl (Count Danilo) © Michele Crosera
Venice

La Fenice's superb new Widow is always Merry, even without sequins and ostrich feathers

By , 02 February 2018
*****
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Justina Gringyte (Preziosilla) © Richard Hubert Smith
Cardiff

Wheel of Fortune: Preziosilla spins Pountney's Force of Destiny

By , 02 February 2018
****1
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Gerhard Siegel (Mime) and Andreas Schager (Siegfried) © Klaus Gigga
Dresden

Christian Thielemann's Staatskapelle Dresden excels in Siegfried

By , 01 February 2018
****1
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Lawrence Zazzo © Justin Hyer
London

Finely cast Orlando from La Nuova Musica

By , 01 February 2018
****1
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Jiří Hájek (Count Almavira), Jana Šrejma Kačírková (Countess) and Jana Sibera (Susanna) © Patrik Borecký
Prague

An uninspired Figaro in Prague

By , 01 February 2018
***11
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Vitalij Kowaljow (Wotan) and Petra Lang (Brünnhilde) © Klaus Gigga
Dresden

Valkyries scramble over theatre seats as Semperoper Dresden's Ring advances

By , 30 January 2018
***11
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Albert Dohmen (Alberich) © Klaus Gigga
Dresden

All hands on Decker for Das Rheingold in Dresden

By , 29 January 2018
***11
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Joyce DiDonato (Sister Helen) © Javier del Real | Teatro Real
Madrid

Clarity and rhythm: Spanish première for Heggie's Dead Man Walking

By , 29 January 2018
****1
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Catherine Naglestad (Salome) © Monika Rittershaus
Berlin

Catherine Naglestad's splendid Salome at Deutsche Oper Berlin

By , 28 January 2018
***11
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Kelsey Grammer (as Voltaire) © Ken Howard
Los Angeles

Stunning Candide from LA Opera

By , 27 January 2018
****1
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Dennis Petersen (Father Grenville) and Catherine Martin (Sister Helen) © Cory Weaver
Saint Paul

Arrestingly effective: Dead Man Walking at Minnesota Opera

By , 27 January 2018
****1
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Matthias Goerne and Michelle DeYoung © Simon Jay Price
London

A topsy-turvy Rheingold in concert from Jurowski and the LPO

By , 27 January 2018
***11
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Camilla Nylund (The Countess) © Monika Rittershaus
Frankfurt am Main

Words or music? Collaboration or resistance? A new Capriccio in Frankfurt

By , 24 January 2018
****1
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Roberto Frontali (Guillaume Tell) © Rosellina Garbo
Palermo

Damiano Michieletto's controversial Guillaume Tell resurfaces in Palermo

By , 23 January 2018
****1
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Anita Rachvelishvili (Azucena) and Yonghoon Lee (Manrico) © Karen Almond | Metropolitan Opera
New York City

Exquisite musicianship in Met's revival of Il trovatore

By , 22 January 2018
****1
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Christoph Pohl (Frank/Fritz) and Manuela Uhl (Marietta) © David Baltzer
Dresden

Nostalgia and neurosis as Die tote Stadt returns to the Semperoper after nearly a century

By , 21 January 2018
*****
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Jaap van Zweden conducts Götterdämmerung © Ramond Ho
Hong Kong

Jaap van Zweden blazes trail for the Hong Kong Philharmonic with Götterdämmerung

By , 21 January 2018
****1
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Act 3, Die Fledermaus © Brescia/Amisano | Teatro alla Scala
Milan

Fledermaus debuts at La Scala but misses some sparkle

By , 21 January 2018
***11
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Michael Nagy (Count Tamare) and Peter Hoare (Alviano) © Iko Freese | drama-berlin.de
Berlin

Toy Story: Calixto Bieito stages Die Gezeichneten at the Komische Oper

By , 21 January 2018
***11
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Clémentine Margaine (Carmen) © Marcus Lieberenz
Berlin

Carmen the butcher: a grotesque new production at Deutsche Oper Berlin

By , 20 January 2018
***11
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Alessandra Marianelli (Mimì) and Matteo Lippi (Rodolfo) © Rocco Casaluci
Bologna

Vick and Mariotti refresh Bohème in Bologna

By , 20 January 2018
*****
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Hrachuhí Bassénz (Norma) © Erik Berg
Oslo

Maybe it’s make-believe: a curious Norma in Oslo

By , 20 January 2018
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Roland Wood (Rigoletto) © Michael Cooper
Toronto

Crisper, tighter, more relevant: revival of Christopher Alden's Rigoletto at the COC

By , 20 January 2018
****1
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David Lynn (Harlequin), Colin Murray (Emperor) and Joanna Harries (Drummer) © RCS | Robert McFadzean
Glasgow

Double dealings with Death: Sāvitri and The Emperor of Atlantis at RCS

By , 20 January 2018
****1
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Maria Isabel Segarra (Eurydice) and Matthias Hoffmann (Aristeus/Pluto) © Matthias Jung
Cologne

Oper Köln's delightful Orpheus enraptures audience of all ages

By , 19 January 2018
****1
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Emily Magee and Catherine Foster among the cast for Euryanthe in Dresden © Björn Kadenbach
Dresden

Marek Janowski returns to Weber’s Euryanthe in Dresden after 44 years

By , 19 January 2018
****1
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Anne Sophie Duprels (Cio-Cio-San) © Richard Hubert Smith
Leeds

Opera North's Madama Butterfly is much more than a tear-jerker with a social conscience

By , 19 January 2018
****1
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María Toledo in El amor brujo © BBC | Mark Allan
London

Josep Pons and the BBCSO bring Spanish heat to an operatic double-bill

By , 19 January 2018
***11
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Stephen Gould (Tristan), Ricarda Merbeth (Isolde) © DNO 2018
Amsterdam

Tristan und Isolde smoulders at Dutch National Opera

By , 18 January 2018
****1
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Štefan Margita	 (Captain Vere) © Patrik Borecký
Prague

Anchors askew in Prague

By , 18 January 2018
***11
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Jorge de Léon (Calaf) © Ramella & Giannese | Teatro Regio di Torino
Turin

An enigmatic Turandot in Stefano Poda's dream staging at the Teatro Regio in Turin

By , 16 January 2018
***11
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Gerald Finley (Scarpia), Adrienne Pieczonka (Tosca) © ROH | Catherine Ashmore
London

Tosca at Covent Garden with Calleja, Finley and Pieczonka: promise as yet unfulfilled

By , 15 January 2018
***11
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Luca Pisaroni (Leporello) © Wiener Staatsoper | Michael Pöhn
Vienna

Bringing a picnic to the poltergeist: Don Giovanni in Vienna

By , 14 January 2018
***11
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Ian Bostridge (Jephtha) and Katherine Watson (Iphis) © Monika Rittershaus | Opéra national de Paris
Paris

“It must be so": Handel's Jephtha at the Palais Garnier

By , 13 January 2018
****1
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Eleanora Buratto (Mimì) © Luciano Romano
Naples

A warm Mimì in a cold Bohème in Naples

By , 11 January 2018
***11
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The Return of Ulysses © ROH & Roundhouse | Stephen Cummiskey
London

Monteverdi on a doughnut: A drab Return of Ulysses fails to thrill the Roundhouse

By , 10 January 2018
**111
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Iréne Theorin (Elektra) and Cornelia Beskow (Chrysothemis) © Sara Strandlund
Stockholm

Iréne Theorin triumphs as Elektra in Stockholm

By , 10 January 2018
****1
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John Daszak (Herod) and Malin Byström (Salome) © ROH | Clive Barda
London

The Beauty is the Beast: Malin Byström sings a chilling Salome

By , 08 January 2018
****1
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Roberto Alagna (Canio) in Pagliacci © Ken Howard | Metropolitan Opera
New York City

Alagna shines as murky Cav and exciting Pag reappear at The Met

By , 08 January 2018
****1
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Elena Zilio (Mamma Lucia) and Byran Hymel (Turiddu) © ROH | Catherine Ashmore
London

Elena Zilio leads the verismo thrills as Cav & Pag return to the Royal Opera

By , 06 January 2018
****1
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Rinat Shaham (Judith) © Tracey Whitefoot
Manchester

A sinister Bluebeard's Castle from the NYOGB

By , 05 January 2018
*****
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Sonya Yoncheva (Tosca) and Željko Lučić (Scarpia) © Ken Howard | Metropolitan Opera
New York City

Beautiful singing, realistic staging for the Met’s new Tosca

By , 03 January 2018
****1
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La Vie parisienne © Thomas Entzeroth
Zürich

Play on the Parisian profile: Offenbach’s La Vie parisienne

By , 03 January 2018
***11
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Thomas Jesatko (Trinity Moses) © Hans Jörg Michel
Mannheim

“Auf nach Mahagonny" in Mannheim!

By , 30 December 2017
****1
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