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Juan Diego Flórez (Orphée) and Christiane Karg (Eurydice) © Brescia & Amisano | Teatro alla Scala
Milan

Mourning becomes Orpheus: Gluck at La Scala

By , 24 February 2018
****1
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Jennifer France (The Controller) © James Glossop
Glasgow

Dove’s Flight: Witty and poignant tale of airport life at Scottish Opera

By , 24 February 2018
****1
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Elena Xanthoudakis © William Knight
London

Damp squibs prevent ETO's Rossini: Fireworks! from taking off

By , 22 February 2018
***11
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Miklós Sebestyén (Commendatore) and Gavan Ring (Don Giovanni) © Richard Hubert Smith
Cardiff

A thrilling Don Giovanni at Welsh National Opera

By , 22 February 2018
****1
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Michael Fabiano (Rodolfo) and Sonya Yoncheva (Mimì) © Ken Howard | Metropolitan Opera
New York City

The Met's Bohème: As if it were new

By , 21 February 2018
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Elizabeth Atherton (Donna Elvira) and John Savournin (Leporello) © Bill Cooper
Leeds

Funny blends with sinister: witty Don Giovanni revival at Opera North

By , 21 February 2018
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Martin Winkler (Kovalyov) © Prudence Upton
Sydney

What’s up (with) Kosky’s Nose?

By , 21 February 2018
*****
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Marianne Crebassa (Dorabella) © Cory Weaver
Chicago

Questions remained unanswered in a Così fan tutte revival in Chicago

By , 21 February 2018
***11
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Michael Mayes (Joseph de Rocher) © Mark Allan | Barbican
London

Crime, punishment, forgiveness, redemption: Dead Man Walking finally reaches London

By , 20 February 2018
*****
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Angela Meade (Semiramide) © Ken Howard | Metropolitan Opera
New York City

A gaudy stand-and-sing Semiramide at the Met

By , 19 February 2018
**111
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Shura Baryshnikov (Jeanne) © Kathy Wittman, Ball Square Films
Cambridge

“Rising up triumphant!”: Odyssey Opera’s Jeanne d’Arc au bûcher

By , 17 February 2018
****1
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Stephanie Houtzeel (Xerses), Nina Bernsteiner (Romila) and Nora Friedrichs (Atalanta) © Jaro Suffner
Berlin

Periwigs and a plane tree: Baroque bawdiness at Komische Oper Berlin

By , 17 February 2018
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Anthony Roth Costanzo (The Boy) and Lauren Snouffer (Agnès) © Kelly & Massa for Opera Philadelphia
Philadelphia

Sex, angels and cannibalism: Written on Skin at Opera Philadelphia

By , 16 February 2018
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Erika Sunnegårdh (Salome) © Rammella & Giannese/Piva | Teatro Regio Torino
Turin

Turin's Salome devoid of lunar magic

By , 15 February 2018
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Jacquelyn Stucker (Frasquita), Anna Goryachova (Carmen) and Aigul Akhmetashina (Mercédès) © ROH | Bill Cooper
London

Kosky's Carmen fails to light fires at Covent Garden

By , 14 February 2018
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Joel Prieto (Sam) and Mary Bevan (Rose) © Javier del Real | Teatro Real
Madrid

A marble and a star: a vivid Street Scene at the Teatro Real

By , 14 February 2018
***11
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ENO Chorus © Clive Barda/ArenaPAL
London

A colourful, exuberant riot: Iolanthe at English National Opera

By , 13 February 2018
****1
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Andreas Schager (Tristan) and Anja Kampe (Isolde) © Monika Rittershaus
Berlin

Modified rapture: Tcherniakov's new Tristan und Isolde at the Staatsoper Berlin

By , 11 February 2018
***11
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Erika Simons (Antigona) © Jörg Landsberg
Amsterdam

Traetta's Antigona a forceful Baroque drama in Amsterdam

By , 10 February 2018
***11
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Viktória Vizin and Jordan Shanahan in Senza sangue © Zsófia Pályi | Müpa Budapest
Budapest

Senza sangue the ideal partner to Bluebeard’s Castle in sensational Hungarian double bill

By , 10 February 2018
*****
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Richard Troxell (Dan Leno) and Katherine Pracht (Elizabeth Cree) © Evan Hanover
Chicago

Victorian murder mystery: Elizabeth Cree at Chicago Opera Theater

By , 10 February 2018
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Nikoleta Kapetanidou (The princess) and Grégoire Mour (The Prince) © Blandine Soulage
Lyon

Respighi rarity a riotous romp at Opéra de Lyon

By , 09 February 2018
***11
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Claire Rutter (Tosca) and Mark S Doss (Scarpia) © Richard Hubert Smith
Cardiff

An uncomplicated, thrilling Tosca from WNO

By , 09 February 2018
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Dmitry Belosselskiy (Fiesco) and Leo Nucci (Simon Boccanegra) © Brescia & Amisano | Teatro alla Scala
Milan

Myung-whun Chung's Simon Boccanegra is worth a watch at La Scala

By , 08 February 2018
***11
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Toby Spence (Gandhi), ENO chorus © Donald Cooper
London

A persistent meditative state: Glass' Satyagraha at English National Opera

By , 07 February 2018
***11
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Andrew Watts (Baba the Turk) and Paul Appleby (Tom Rakewell) © Monika Rittershaus
Amsterdam

The Rake’s Progress in the here and now at Dutch National Opera

By , 06 February 2018
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Evelyn Herlitzius (Kundry) and Klaus Florian Vogt (Parsifal) © Ken Howard | Metropolitan Opera
New York City

Suffering, transcendence, redemption: The Met's Parsifal is a long trip, well worth it

By , 05 February 2018
*****
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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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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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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
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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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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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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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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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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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Kelsey Grammer (as Voltaire) © Ken Howard
Los Angeles

Stunning Candide from LA Opera

By , 27 January 2018
****1
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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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