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Tobias Hächler (Lucio Silla) and Younggi Moses Do (Aufidio) © N. Klinger
Kassel

The show must go on: Lucio Silla in Kassel

By , 29 December 2017
**111
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David DQ Lee (Mitridate) and Yasmin Özkan (Semandra) © Sebastian Bühler
Schwetzingen

More Porpora operas, please (just not this one!): Mitridate at Schloss Schwetzingen

By , 28 December 2017
***11
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Sebastian Kohlhepp (Jason) and Cornelia Ptassek (Medea) © Thomas Aurin
Stuttgart

In Konwitschny's modern Medea, monsters are made by men

By , 27 December 2017
****1
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Kay Stiefermann (René, Graf von Luxemburg) and Romana Noack (Angèle Didier) © Hans Jörg Michael
Düsseldorf

Stars and Léhar's score shine in The Count of Luxembourg at Deutsche Oper am Rhein

By , 25 December 2017
***11
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Annemarie Kremer © Thomas M Jauk
Hannover

Ingo Kerkhof's production of Salome stripped bare in Hannover

By , 22 December 2017
***11
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Michael Pflumm (Tony) and Stella Motina (Maria) © Thomas M Jauk
Hannover

West Side Story visually vibrant but musically mediocre in Hannover

By , 21 December 2017
***11
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La bohème © Bernd Uhlig
Hamburg

Guy Joosten’s La bohème a feast for voyeurs in Hamburg

By , 19 December 2017
***11
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Ariodante in Stuttgart © Christoph Kalscheuer
Stuttgart

Rousseau and a boxing ring: Ariodante in Stuttgart

By , 17 December 2017
***11
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Samuel Youn (Hagen) and Martin Winkler (Alberich) © Herwig Prammer
Vienna

Hagen: Part 1 of a “Second Generation” Ring at the Theater an der Wien

By , 17 December 2017
***11
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Susan Graham (Hanna Glawari) © Marty Sohl | Metropolitan Opera
New York City

The Met's Merry Widow fails to convince

By , 16 December 2017
***11
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Sir Simon Rattle © Doug Peters | PA Wire
London

Big city alienation and love in the LSO's Bernstein 100 season

By , 16 December 2017
****1
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Venera Gimadieva © Leonid Semenyuk
Amsterdam

A magical Golden Cockerel at the Concertgebouw

By , 16 December 2017
****1
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Dimitri Platanias (Rigoletto) © ROH | Mark Douet
London

Dimitri Platanias stands out in a mixed Covent Garden Rigoletto

By , 14 December 2017
***11
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Alex Esposito (Méphistophélès) © Yasuko Kageyama | Teatro dell'Opera di Roma
Rome

Dark humour: Michieletto and Gatti provide an adventurous La Damnation de Faust

By , 14 December 2017
****1
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Anna Gabler (Arabella) © Wiener Staatsoper | Michael Pöhn
Vienna

Putting frippery before Freud: Sven-Eric Bechtolf’s Arabella at the Wiener Staatsoper

By , 14 December 2017
***11
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Max Emanuel Cenčić (Nerone) and Anna Prohaska (Poppea) © Bernd Uhlig
Berlin

A heavy crown: austere Monteverdi at the Staatsoper

By , 13 December 2017
***11
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Svetlana Aksenova (Cio-Cio-San) © Toni Suter | T+T Fotografie
Zürich

Simplicity the key to Ted Huffman's new Madama Butterfly in Zurich

By , 10 December 2017
****1
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Christophe Rousset © Eric Larrayadieu
Paris

Lully's Alceste a great success in Versailles

By , 10 December 2017
****1
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Luca Pisaroni (Count Almaviva) and Christiane Karg (Susanna) © Chris Lee | Metropolitan Opera
New York City

Met's revival of Figaro as relevant today as ever

By , 09 December 2017
****1
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Zsolt Haja (Father), Helga Nánási (Gretel), Gabriella Balga (Hänsel) and Atala Schöck (Mother) © Valter Berecz | Hungarian State Opera
Budapest

Garbage bins and shopping trolleys: a disappointing new Hänsel und Gretel in Budapest

By , 09 December 2017
***11
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Claudio Sgura (Jack Rance) © Luciano Romano
Naples

La fanciulla del West walks wistfully into the Naples sunset

By , 09 December 2017
****1
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Marcel Beekman (Mime) and Daniel Brenna (Siegfried) © Herwig Prammer
Vienna

Constantin Trinks’ cut and paste Siegfried is far from idyllic at the Theater an der Wien

By , 09 December 2017
**111
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Katrin Wundsam (Hänsel) and Elsa Dreisig (Gretel) © Monika Rittershaus
Berlin

Sweet nothings: a disappointing new Hänsel und Gretel at the Staatsoper Berlin

By , 08 December 2017
**111
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Daniel Smerdon (Marcello) and Branko Lovrinov (Rodolfo) © Lester Wong
Adelaide

A Mimì to die for: La bohème in Adelaide

By , 08 December 2017
****1
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Anna Netrebko (Maddalena) and Yusif Eyvazov (Andrea Chénier) © Brescia/Amisano | Teatro alla Scala
Milan

Andrea Chénier in Milan: tradition triumphs at La Scala's season opener

By , 07 December 2017
***11
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Wolfgang Bankl (The Animal Trainer) and Agneta Eichenholz (Lulu) © Wiener Staatsoper GmbH | Michael Pöhn
Vienna

Willy Decker's stylish production enhances vocally strong Lulu in Vienna

By , 06 December 2017
****1
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Jamie Barton (Adalgisa) and Angela Meade (Norma) © Ken Howard | Metropolitan Opera
New York City

A mighty second cast for Met’s Norma revival

By , 05 December 2017
****1
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Elena Pankratova (Elektra) © Wiener Staatsoper | Michael Pöhn
Vienna

Uwe Eric Laufenberg’s Elektra a disappointment in Vienna

By , 05 December 2017
***11
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Regine Hangler (Daphne) © Wiener Staatsoper | Michael Pöhn
Vienna

Dreams and reality: a brilliant Daphne in Vienna

By , 04 December 2017
****1
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Brandon Jovanovich (Florestan), Anja Kampe (Leonore) and Christof Fischesser (Rocco) © Toni Suter (2013)
Zürich

Bodies inside a box: a colourless Fidelio in Zurich

By , 03 December 2017
***11
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Max Hopp (Tevye) © Iko Freese | drama-berlin.de
Berlin

Tradition proclaimed with an exclamation point: Fiddler on the Roof returns to the Komische Oper

By , 03 December 2017
*****
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Agnieszka Rehlis, Svetlana Sozdateleva and Evez Abdulla in rehearsal © Julie Howden
Glasgow

Madness, magic and spiritual mayhem: The Fiery Angel from Scottish Opera and RCS

By , 03 December 2017
****1
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Nina Stemme (Turandot) © Cory Weaver | San Francisco Opera
San Francisco

A Turandot to remember in San Francisco

By , 03 December 2017
****1
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Simon Keenlyside (Tonio), Bryan Hymel (Canio), Carmen Giannattasio (Nedda) © ROH | Catherine Ashmore
London

Evil under the sun: Hymel triumphs in Cav and Pag at Covent Garden

By , 02 December 2017
*****
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Iréne Theorin (Isolde) and Stefan Vinke (Tristan) © A. Bofill
Barcelona

Tristan und Isolde: an abstract tryst by moonlight at the Liceu

By , 02 December 2017
****1
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Andrea Bonsignore (Agrippo), Jakub Józef Orliński (Orimeno) and Francesca Aspromonte (Erismena) © Pascal Victor
Paris

Cavalli's Erismena charms in Versailles

By , 02 December 2017
***11
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Sergey Romanovsky (Rodolfo) and Eleanora Buratto (Mimì) © Marco Borggreve
Amsterdam

Dutch National Opera revives a musically gorgeous La bohème

By , 01 December 2017
****1
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Christian Gerhaher © Jim Rakete | Sony Classical
Bamberg

Hrůša conducts a flawed Don Giovanni in Bamberg

By , 01 December 2017
***11
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Jake Arditti (Nero) © Brett Boardman
Sydney

L'incoronazione di Poppea: cynical production, glorious music from Pinchgut Opera

By , 30 November 2017
****1
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Johanna Rudström (Angelina) and Ole Aleksander Bang (Don Ramiro) © Sören Vilks
Stockholm

A British Cinderella in Stockholm

By , 29 November 2017
**111
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Harriet Eyley (Vixen) © Chris Christodoulou
London

Woodland Tales: The Cunning Little Vixen at the Royal College of Music

By , 27 November 2017
***11
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Noel Bouley (Mathisen), Gregory Kunde (Jean), Derek Welton (Zacharie), Clémentine Margaine (Fidès) © Bettina Stöß
Berlin

A wing and a prayer: the Deutsche Oper's Le Prophète

By , 26 November 2017
****1
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Il borgomastro di Saardam © Gianfranco Rota
Bergamo

Il borgomastro di Saardam: Donizetti's opera buffa revived in Bergamo

By , 26 November 2017
****1
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Asmik Grigorian (Marie) and Audun Iversen (Wozzeck) © Erik Berg
Oslo

Into the abyss: a harrowing Wozzeck in Oslo

By , 25 November 2017
*****
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Davóne Tines (Ned Peters), Julia Bullock (Dame Shirley) © Cory Weaver | San Francisco Opera
San Francisco

The dark side of the gold: John Adams' Girls of the Golden West gets its world première in San Francisco

By , 21 November 2017
****1
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Joyce DiDonato (Semiramide) © ROH | Bill Cooper
London

Joyce DiDonato leads the vocal pyrotechnics in a dazzling Semiramide at the Royal Opera

By , 19 November 2017
****1
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Plácido Domingo (Nabucco) © Ken Howard | LA Opera
Los Angeles

Nabucco goes to Hollywood, courtesy of Thaddeus Strassberger and LA Opera

By , 19 November 2017
****1
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Franco Fagioli © Julian Laidig
Paris

Baroque pyrotechnics: Handel's Serse dazzles at Versailles

By , 19 November 2017
*****
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Sasha Cooke (Marnie) © Richard Hubert Smith
London

Muhly's Marnie fails to find the drama of Winston Graham's novel

By , 18 November 2017
***11
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Stéphanie d'Oustrac (Sesto) and Ramón Vargas (Tito) © Sébastien Mathé | Opéra national de Paris
Paris

Stéphanie d'Oustrac shines as Sesto in Willy Decker's Paris Clemenza

By , 18 November 2017
***11
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