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Brenda Rae (Lucia) © Kelly & Massa
Philadelphia

Brenda Rae's remarkable Lucia a compensation in Philadelphia

By , 21 September 2018
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Tuomas Pursio (Scarpia) and Aušrinė Stundytė (Tosca) © Heikki Tuuli
Helsinki

An emotional new Tosca from Christof Loy in Helsinki

By , 21 September 2018
****1
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Marietta Simpson (Martha) and Frederica von Stade (Danny) © Steven Pisano
Philadelphia

Sky on Swings: a heart-wrenching world première at Opera Philadelphia

By , 20 September 2018
****1
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Thomas Atkins (Rodolfo) and Marlena Devoe (Mimì) © David Rowland
Auckland

Talented young cast shines in New Zealand Opera's La bohème

By , 19 September 2018
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Mirella Hagen (Morgana) and Rainer Trost (Oronte) © Herwig Prammer
Vienna

Magical musicianship, but drab direction: Alcina at Theater an der Wien

By , 17 September 2018
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Giselle Allen (Tosca) and Rafael Rojas (Cavaradossi) © Richard Hubert Smith
Leeds

A lovely, lurid Tosca from Opera North

By , 16 September 2018
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Sarah Grether (Weiße Gazelle) and Camilla Nylund (Die Kaiserin) © Hans Jörg Michel (2017)
Berlin

A dream staging: Claus Guth's Frau ohne Schatten arrives at the Staatsoper unter den Linden

By , 16 September 2018
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Lauren Michelle (Natasha) and Jonathan McGovern (Prince Andrei) © Clive Barda
Cardiff

Ferocious intensity: David Pountney's new War and Peace at Welsh National Opera

By , 15 September 2018
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Dana Burešová (Libuše) © Jakub Gulyás
Prague

A cultural touchstone takes centre-stage at Prague's National Theatre

By , 14 September 2018
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Claudia Boyle (Olympia) © Pat Redmond
Dublin

Scene-stealing villains in Irish National Opera's futuristic Hoffmann

By , 14 September 2018
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Stanislas de Barbeyrac (Tamino) © Michel Schnater
Amsterdam

In Amsterdam, McBurney's Die Zauberflöte continues to delight

By , 12 September 2018
****1
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Maria Bengtsson Fiordiligi) and Ida Aldrian (Dorabella) © Jörn Kipping
Hamburg

Are they all like that? Staatsoper Hamburg's new Così

By , 08 September 2018
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Pablo Heras-Casado © Fernando Sancho
Amsterdam

Fiery, formidable Boris Godunov at the Concertgebouw

By , 08 September 2018
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Gyula Nagy (Ulysses) © Marshall Light Studio
Dun Laoghaire

A gripping Return of Ulysses from Opera Collective Ireland and the Akadamie für Alte Musik

By , 07 September 2018
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Louise Alder © BBC | Chris Christodoulou
London

Prom 74: Intimacy and reflection in Handel's Theodora

By , 07 September 2018
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Timothy Edlin (Caliban) and Frances Gregory (Sycorax) © Robert Workman
London

The Enchanted Island a rich and strange Baroque confection from British Youth Opera

By , 05 September 2018
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Pedro Ometto (Trulove), Samantha Clarke (Anne) and Frederick Jones (Tom Rakewell) © Robert Workman
London

Impressive Rake’s Progress from British Youth Opera

By , 04 September 2018
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Elgan Llŷr Thomas (Johnny Inkslinger) © Genevieve Girling
London

New world created in old music hall: Paul Bunyan at Wilton's

By , 03 September 2018
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Francesca Manzo (Delia), Riccardo Della Sciucca (Nadir) and Chuan Wang (Calaf) © Marco Brescia & Rudy Amisano | Teatro alla Scala
Milan

Cherubini's Ali Baba finally returns to La Scala in an Academy staging

By , 01 September 2018
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Samuel Sakker and Anush Hovhannisyan sing Sardanapolo © Elena Giorgi
Lerici

Liszt’s ‘lost’ opera bursts back to life

By , 27 August 2018
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On the Town © BBC | Mark Allan
London

Prom 57: On the Town where score, orchestra and conductor are the stars

By , 25 August 2018
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Taylor Stayton, Nikolay Borchev, Michèle Losier, Renato Girolami © Xavi Montojo
Edinburgh

La Cenerentola at Edinburgh Festival: comic direction to savour from Stefan Herheim

By , 24 August 2018
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Andrew McTaggart (Falstaff) © Opera Bohemia
Stirling

A fun-packed Falstaff from Opera Bohemia heading to the Edinburgh Fringe

By , 23 August 2018
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Magdalena Kožená in L'Enfant et les sortilèges © BBC | Chris Christodoulou
London

Prom 48: Rattle and the LSO play Ravel

By , 18 August 2018
***11
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Mansfield Park © Waterperry Opera Festival
Wheatley

Austen-tastic opera: Mansfield Park, Waterperry Opera Festival

By , 18 August 2018
*****
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The Beggar's Opera © Patrick Berger
Edinburgh

Baroque meets jukebox musical in a wryly topical Beggar’s Opera at EIF

By , 16 August 2018
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Stuart Skelton © Guðmundur Ingólfsson
Perth WA

Tristan und Isolde: a fabulous musical night for Perth

By , 16 August 2018
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Davide Luciano (Figaro) and Aya Wakizono (Rosina) © Studio Amatio Bacciardi
Pesaro

Pier Luigi Pizzi’s Barbiere triumphs in Pesaro

By , 16 August 2018
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Robin Tritschler (Poet) © Bregenzer Festspiele | Anja Köhler
Bregenz

Thomas Larcher's The Hunting Gun receives world première at the Bregenz Festival

By , 15 August 2018
****1
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Adina in Pesaro © Studio Amatio Bacciardi
Pesaro

Adina in Wonderland: Lisette Oropesa shines in Pesaro

By , 15 August 2018
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Juan Diego Flórez (Ricciardo) and Pretty Yende (Zoraide) © Studio Amatio Bacciardi
Pesaro

Ricciardo e Zoraide: Orientalism at the Rossini Opera Festival

By , 14 August 2018
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Kate Lindsey (Nerone) and Sonya Yoncheva (Poppea) © Salzburger Festspiele | Maarten Vanden Abeele
Salzburg

Sacrifice to passion: L’incoronazione di Poppea in Salzburg

By , 12 August 2018
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Mikaela Bennett and Ross Lekites © BBC | Chris Christodoulou
London

Prom 38: Superlative playing from the John Wilson Orchestra in West Side Story

By , 11 August 2018
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Angel Blue (Bess) and Alfred Walker (Porgy) © Philip Newton
Seattle

Seattle Opera's Porgy and Bess is a vocal and dramatic stunner

By , 11 August 2018
****1
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Evgenia Muraveva (Lisa) and Brandon Jovanovich (Hermann) © Monika Rittershaus
Salzburg

Jansons and the Vienna Phil trump Neuenfels' tame Pique Dame in Salzburg

By , 10 August 2018
***11
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Stacey Alleaume (Fiorilla) and Paolo Bordogna (Selim) © Keith Saunders
Sydney

A giggle a minute: Il turco in Italia in Sydney

By , 10 August 2018
****1
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Asmik Grigorian (Salome) © Ruth Walz
Salzburg

On the rocks: Castellucci delivers an ice-cold Salome in Salzburg

By , 09 August 2018
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José Coca Loza (Haly), Cecilia Bartoli (Isabella) and Alessandro Corbelli (Taddeo) © Monika Rittershaus
Salzburg

Camels and comic capers in Algiers: Cecilia Bartoli stars in a frothy Italiana at the Salzburg Festival

By , 08 August 2018
*****
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The cast at curtain call © Ryan Buchanan
Edinburgh

A heroic performance of Siegfried at the Edinburgh International Festival

By , 08 August 2018
****1
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Virginie Verrez (Erika), Emma Bell (Vanessa) © Tristram Kenton
Glyndebourne

Barber's Vanessa at Glyndebourne: repression in a cold climate

By , 05 August 2018
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Guillaume Andrieux (Figaro) © Ryan Buchanan
Edinburgh

Tales from the Stave: Il barbiere di Siviglia at the Edinburgh Festival

By , 05 August 2018
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Christine Lyons (Amenaide) © Steven Pisano
Purchase

Will Crutchfield and his Teatro Nuovo shed new light on bel canto’s beginnings

By , 05 August 2018
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Shane Lowrencev (Hans Sachs) © Bernard Hull
Adelaide

A Meistersinger Act 3 to celebrate a State Opera Wagner anniversary

By , 04 August 2018
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Pigmalion © Bengt Wanselius
Drottningholm

Pigmalion: French Baroque meets modern dance at Drottningholm

By , 31 July 2018
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Raffaella Lupinacci (Romeo) and Leonor Bonilla (Giulietta) © Fabrizio Sansoni
Martina Franca

Vaccai's Giulietta e Romeo resuscitated in Martina Franca

By , 31 July 2018
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Teresa Iervolino (Rinaldo) © Paolo Conserva
Martina Franca

Who are the champions? Rinaldo given a rock makeover in Martina Franca

By , 29 July 2018
***11
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Efim Zavalny (The Demon) © Stephanie Berger
Annandale-on-Hudson

The Demon: Leon Botstein sheds light on another neglected opera at Bard

By , 27 July 2018
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Anna Patalong (Nedda) © James Glossop
Paisley

Pagliacci comes to Paisley’s operatic Big Top

By , 26 July 2018
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Leonardo Capalbo (Rodrigue) and Dorset Opera Chorus © Fritz Curzon
Blandford Forum

Sins of the fathers: Le Cid at Dorset Opera Festival

By , 26 July 2018
****1
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Lauren Michelle (Musetta) and Charles Johnston (Alcindoro) © Fritz Curzon
Blandford Forum

A girl next door: La bohème at Dorset Opera Festival

By , 25 July 2018
****1
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