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Rodney Gilfry (Walt Whitman) © Rob Latour | The Wallis
Los Angeles

Matthew Aucoin, Rod Gilfry and Walt Whitman in the wilds of Beverly Hills

By , 26 May 2018
****1
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Adrian Angelico (Octavian) © Sara Strandlund
Stockholm

Deception reigns in Christof Loy’s production of Der Rosenkavalier in Stockholm

By , 26 May 2018
****1
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Björn Bürger (Billy Budd) © Barbara Aumüller
Frankfurt am Main

Indomitable: Billy Budd in Frankfurt

By , 25 May 2018
*****
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Samuel Mariño (Alessandro) © Anna Kolata
Halle

A bizarre Berenice at the Halle Handel Festival

By , 25 May 2018
***11
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Jennifer Rivera (Rosina) and Colin Lee (Almaviva) © Monika Rittershaus (2010)
Berlin

Finely etched: Berghaus' Barbiere at the Staatsoper

By , 24 May 2018
***11
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Krassimira Stoyanova (Aida), Fabio Sartori (Radamès) and George Gagnidze (Amonasro) © Brescia & Amisano | Teatro alla Scala
Milan

A guilty pleasure: Zeffirelli's Aida at La Scala

By , 23 May 2018
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Giuseppe Gipali (Arrigo), Giuseppe Altomare (Rolando) and Vittoria Yeo (Lida) © Camilla Riccò | TerranovaProject Contrasto
Florence

Viva Verdi! Patriotic fervour in Florence's new La battaglia di Legnano

By , 22 May 2018
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Lucas Meachem (Athanaël) © Cory Weaver
Saint Paul

The Minnesota Opera stages Thaïs, a bright star in Massenet’s galaxy of women

By , 20 May 2018
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Rachel Willis-Sørensen (The Marschallin) © Robert Workman | Glyndebourne Festival 2018
Glyndebourne

Seriously funny, musically transcendent: Glyndebourne's Rosenkavalier

By , 20 May 2018
*****
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Michael Kupfer-Radecky (Don Pizarro), Ricarda Merbeth (Leonore) and Stephen Gould (Florestan) © Masahiko Terashi | New National Theatre, Tokyo
Tokyo

Cynicism reigns in Katharina Wagner’s Fidelio in Tokyo

By , 20 May 2018
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Daniela Fally (Italian Singer) © Wiener Staatsoper | Michael Poehn
Vienna

Capriccio: Strauss’ swansong at the Staatsoper

By , 20 May 2018
***11
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Street Scene © Robbie McFadzean | Royal Conservatoire of Scotland
Glasgow

A vibrant Street Scene from the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland

By , 19 May 2018
****1
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Olga Busuioc (Cio-Cio San) © Robbie Jack
Glyndebourne

Tears on the picnic lawn: Madama Butterfly makes her bow at the Glyndebourne Festival

By , 19 May 2018
***11
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Don Carlo © Barbara Aumüller
Berlin

Dampened fire: Don Carlo at the Deutsche Oper

By , 18 May 2018
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Adelaide

The State Opera’s Pearl Fishers graces Adelaide's stage

By , 17 May 2018
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Anna Caterina Antonacci (Susanna) and Bruno Danjoux (Servant) © Rammella & Giannese/Piva | Teatro Regio Torino
Turin

On the female condition: two 20th-century operas in Turin

By , 16 May 2018
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Anja Silja (Wilhelmine von Bayreuth), Pauline Rinvet (Sister) and Kathrin Zukowsk (Brother) © Jean-Marc Turmes
Munich

Hasse’s Artaserse in Munich: an unusual pasticcio

By , 15 May 2018
***11
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Juan Diego Flórez (Edgardo) and Venera Gimadieva (Lucia) © Wilfried Hösl
Munich

Great success for Gimadieva and Flórez in Munich's Lucia di Lammermoor

By , 13 May 2018
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Cardillac © Michele Borzoni | TerraProject/Contrasto
Florence

Fabio Luisi conducts Cardillac at the Maggio Musicale Fiorentino

By , 12 May 2018
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Jennifer Rowley (Tosca) and Ambrogio Maestri (Scarpia) © Jessica Griffin | Philadelphia Orchestra
Philadelphia

Yusif Eyvazov a magnificent Cavardossi in Philadelphia's Tosca

By , 12 May 2018
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Elīna Garanča (Dalila) and Roberto Alagna (Samson) © Wiener Staatsoper | Michael Pöhn
Vienna

Softly awakes my cold, cold heart: a tepid Samson et Dalila in Vienna

By , 12 May 2018
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Nicole Chevalier (Semele), Katarina Bradić (Ino) and Ezgi Kutlu (Juno) © Monika Rittershaus
Berlin

Thunder and lightning put an end to love in Komische Oper’s Semele

By , 12 May 2018
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Angela Meade (Leonora) and Annika Schlicht (Ines) © Bettina Stöß
Berlin

Rachvelishvili triumphs as Azucena in Berlin

By , 12 May 2018
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Vincent Turregano, Mara Bonde and Neal Ferreira © Liza Voll
Boston

Strangers in Paradise: Boston Lyric Opera’s Trouble in Tahiti

By , 11 May 2018
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Barbara Hannigan (Isabel), Stéphane Degout (King), Gyula Orendt (Gaveston) © ROH | Stephen Cummiskey
London

Lessons in Love and Violence: icy beauty and dramatic tension

By , 10 May 2018
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Bruno de Simone (Beaupertuis), Zuzana Marková	 (Elena) and Pietro Adaini (Fadinard) © Francesco Squeglia
Naples

Nino Rota's Il Cappello di paglia di Firenze: a fantastic folle journée at Teatro di San Carlo

By , 10 May 2018
*****
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Marc Minkowski and Ambroisine Bré © Hana Smejkalová
Prague

A colorful, revealing reprise of Clemenza in Prague

By , 10 May 2018
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Rachel Redmond (Susanna) and Nadine Benjamin (Countess) © Jane Hobson
Bromley

A warm, but basic Marriage of Figaro from English Touring Opera

By , 08 May 2018
***11
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Florian Schuele and Ekaterina Scherbachenko (Vitellia) © Ruth Walz
Amsterdam

Beautiful but infuriating: the Currentzis-Sellar Clemenza in Amsterdam

By , 07 May 2018
***11
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Il corsaro at the Teatro Municipale, Piacenza © Mirella Verile
Piacenza

A traditional Il corsaro revived in Piacenza

By , 06 May 2018
***11
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Gordon Hawkins (Amonasro) and Leah Crocetto (Aida) © Philip Newton
Seattle

A visually stunning Aida at Seattle Opera

By , 05 May 2018
***11
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Natalya Romaniw (Tatyana) © James Glossop
Glasgow

Natalya Romaniw thrills in Scottish Opera’s epic Eugene Onegin

By , 03 May 2018
****1
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Marco Vratogna (Scarpia) © Jeff Busby
Melbourne

Opera Australia’s Tosca highlights the tyranny of evil Scarpia

By , 01 May 2018
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Anna Netrebko (Tosca) and Michael Volle (Scarpia) © Ken Howard | Metropolitan Opera
New York City

High Cs to burn: Netrebko stars in The Met’s new, hot-blooded Tosca

By , 30 April 2018
*****
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Cornelia Beskow (Tatyana) © Sören Vilks
Stockholm

Eugene Onegin in Stockholm: Tatyana steals the show

By , 30 April 2018
***11
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Gerhard Siegel and Nina Stemme © Roger Mastroianni, Courtesy of The Cleveland Orchestra
Cleveland

Stupendous Tristan und Isolde in Cleveland with Stemme and Welser-Möst

By , 29 April 2018
*****
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Daniela Mack (Carmen) © Steven Pisano for Opera Philadelphia
Philadelphia

Billboards, red dresses and a green balloon: Carmen in Philadelphia

By , 27 April 2018
****1
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Vannina Santoni (Princess Saamcheddine) and Jean-Sébastien Bou (Mârouf) © Vincent Pontet
Paris

Full of eastern promise: Mârouf, savetier du Caire at the Opéra Comique

By , 23 April 2018
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Ailyn Pérez (Juliette) and Andrea Shin (Roméo) © Ken Howard | Metropolitan Opera
New York City

An unexpected Met debut in Roméo et Juliette

By , 23 April 2018
***11
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Natalya Boeva © Zsófia Pályi, Budapest Spring Festival
Budapest

Keeping Up with the Prussians: an homage to Wilhelmine von Bayreuth with Hasse's Artaserse

By , 21 April 2018
***11
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Eszter Sümegi (Amelia), Attila Fekete (Gustavo) and Alexandru Agache (Renato) © Valter Berecz
Budapest

Un ballo in maschera glitters but doesn’t ignite in Budapest

By , 21 April 2018
***11
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Joyce DiDonato (Cendrillon) © Ken Howard | Met Opera
New York City

A pleasant last première of the season at the Metropolitan Opera

By , 20 April 2018
****1
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Angela Meade (Giselda, different performance) © Ramella & Giannese | Teatro Regio Torino
Turin

I Lombardi alla prima crociata returns to Turin’s Teatro Regio after 93 years

By , 20 April 2018
***11
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Krešimir Špicer (Ulysses) and Christopher Enns (Telemaco) © Bruce Zinger | Opera Atelier
Toronto

Opera Atelier's strengths reinforced with Il ritorno d'Ulisse in patria

By , 19 April 2018
***11
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Jennifer Holloway Salome and Oliver Johnston (Narraboth) © Robert Workman
Leeds

Opera North’s Salome is still enticingly outrageous today

By , 19 April 2018
****1
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Burkhard Fritz (Waldemar) © DNO 2018
Amsterdam

Spectacular Gurrelieder revived at Dutch National Opera

By , 18 April 2018
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Erin Morley (Cunegonde) © Chris Lee
New York City

Glittering Candide: a celebration at Carnegie Hall

By , 18 April 2018
*****
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Jonathan Lemalu (Figaro) and Tara Erraught (Susanna) © Pat Redmond
Dublin

Fun and frolics at Irish National Opera's Figaro

By , 17 April 2018
****1
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Corinne Winters (Violetta) © Jeff Busby
Melbourne

Opera Australia's beautiful La traviata returns to Melbourne

By , 17 April 2018
***11
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Maria José Siri (Francesca) and Marcelo Puente (Paolo) © Brescia & Amisano | Teatro alla Scala
Milan

Breaking with Verismo: Zandonai's Francesca da Rimini returns to La Scala

By , 15 April 2018
****1
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