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Leonardo Cortellazzi (Nagg) © Ruth Walz
Amsterdam

Perfect symbiosis of words and music in Fin de partie at the Opera Forward Festival

By , 06 March 2019
*****
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Russell Thomas (Tito) © Cory Weaver | LA Opera
Los Angeles

Technicolor La clemenza di Tito from Thaddeus Strassberger at LA Opera

By , 02 March 2019
***11
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Dido and Aeneas © Robbie McFadzean
Glasgow

Reality TV Dido and Aeneas finds resonance with Trouble in Tahiti at RCS

By , 02 March 2019
****1
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Mary Plazas (Elisabetta) © Richard Hubert Smith
London

An uneven Elisabetta from English Touring Opera

By , 02 March 2019
***11
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Joyce El Khoury (Elisabetta) © Bill Cooper
Cardiff

Joyce El-Khoury shines as Donizetti's Tudor queen in Welsh National Opera's Roberto Devereux

By , 02 March 2019
****1
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Brenda Rae (Ginevra) and Kyle Ketelsen (King of Scotland) © Cory Weaver
Chicago

A vibrant, urgent Ariodante at Lyric Opera of Chicago

By , 02 March 2019
*****
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William Sharma (Puck), Madison Nonoa (Tytania) and Collin Shay (Oberon) © Clive Barda
London

“Lord what fools these mortals be”: Britten's Dream haunts the Guildhall School

By , 01 March 2019
****1
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Sarah Tynan (Hanna) © Clive Barda
London

Vienna goes to Broadway for ENO's Merry Widow

By , 01 March 2019
****1
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The community chorus of Agreed © Robert Workman
Glyndebourne

Community Chorus is star of the show in Glyndebourne's Agreed

By , 01 March 2019
***11
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Girls of the Golden West © Ruth Walz
Amsterdam

Adams’ dark Gold Rush opera arrives in Amsterdam

By , 28 February 2019
***11
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Nicholas Merryweather (Robin Hood) © Robert Workman
London

Robin Hood: a satirical new opera in Peckham

By , 27 February 2019
****1
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Evgenia Muraveva (Emma) and Mikhail Petrenko (Khovansky) © Marco Brescia & Rudy Amisano | Teatro alla Scala
Milan

Valery Gergiev conducts a grandiose Khovanshchina at La Scala

By , 27 February 2019
****1
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Ailyn Pérez (Alice) and Ambrogio Maestri (Falstaff) © Karen Almond | Met Opera
New York City

A Falstaff to relish at the Met

By , 27 February 2019
*****
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David Szigetvári © Veronika Éder
Budapest

Handel's Joshua at the Liszt Academy, Budapest

By , 26 February 2019
***11
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Serena Malfi (Dorabella) © ROH | Stephen Cummiskey
London

There's no disguising it: duplicity and deceit as Così fan tutte returns to the Royal Opera

By , 25 February 2019
****1
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La finta giardiniera © Herwig Prammer
Zürich

“What a commotion!” A slapstick Finta giardiniera in Zurich

By , 24 February 2019
**111
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Maria Agresta (Anna Bolena) © Yasuko Kageyama | Opera di Roma
Rome

A great cast for Anna Bolena at the Teatro dell'Opera di Roma

By , 24 February 2019
****1
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Lauren Fagan (Alcina) © Felix Grünschloß
Karlsruhe

Handel's Alcina in Karlsruhe: a great production with great singing

By , 23 February 2019
****1
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Michael Fabiano (Werther) © Prudence Upton
Sydney

Intense role debut from Michael Fabiano as Werther in Sydney

By , 22 February 2019
****1
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Un ballo in maschera by San Carlo Theatre © Francesco Squeglia
Naples

The Swedish King is back in Naples for Un ballo in maschera

By , 22 February 2019
*****
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Marta Fontanals-Simmons (Hel) © ROH | Stephen Cummiskey
London

The Monstrous Child: Norse hell in the depths of the Royal Opera House

By , 21 February 2019
****1
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Katherine Aitken (Wild Woman) and Isolde Roxby (Aurora) © Robert Workman
Farnham

Clunky lyrics hamper Noah Mosley's Aurora at Bury Court Opera

By , 21 February 2019
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Kristine Opolais in Puccini's Suor Angelica with the BSO © Winslow Townson
Boston

Twilight raptures: Boulanger, Debussy and Suor Angelica with Nelsons, Opolais, and the BSO

By , 21 February 2019
****1
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Burkhard Fritz (Parsifal) and Peter Rose (Gurnemanz) © Jeff Busby
Melbourne

A compelling Parsifal from Victorian Opera in Melbourne

By , 20 February 2019
*****
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Paul McCreesh and the Gabrieli Consort © Andy Staples
Adelaide

Thrilling King Arthur from the Gabrieli Consort in Adelaide

By , 18 February 2019
****1
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Ben Johnson (Tamino) © Bill Cooper
Cardiff

Bowler hats and lobsters: WNO's surreal Magic Flute returns

By , 17 February 2019
***11
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Vanessa Vince-Pang in The Rite of Spring © Tristram Kenton
Leeds

Last Rites: Puccini meets Stravinsky in Leeds

By , 16 February 2019
****1
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Yang Xu (Elviro), Max Emanuel Cencic (Arsamene) and Franco Fagioli (Serse) © Falk von Traubenberg
Karlsruhe

Handel's Serse – the Vegas version – in Karlsruhe

By , 15 February 2019
***11
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Il re pastore at the Teatro La Fenice in Venice © Michele Crosera
Venice

A second chance for a teenager Mozart in Venice

By , 15 February 2019
***11
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Mireille Asselin (Elena) and Meghan Lindsay (Paride) © Kathy Wittman
Boston

Reform romcom: Odyssey Opera’s Paride ed Elena

By , 15 February 2019
****1
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Michaela Martens (Klytaemnestra) and Nina Stemme (Elektra) © Cory Weaver
Chicago

Elektra: Great success for Nina Stemme’s Lyric Opera debut

By , 14 February 2019
****1
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Il sogno di Scipione © Michele Crosera
Venice

Young Mozart returns to Venice: Il sogno di Scipione

By , 14 February 2019
****1
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Anthony Roth Costanzo (Akhnaten) © Jane Hobson
London

Mesmerising Akhnaten returns to ENO

By , 11 February 2019
*****
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Rachel Kelly © Gerard Collett
Manchester

A steller Damnation de Faust in Manchester

By , 10 February 2019
*****
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Così fan tutte © Michael Cooper
Toronto

Pinned butterflies, but outstanding singing in Canadian Opera Company’s Così fan tutte

By , 09 February 2019
****1
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Gwyn Hughes Jones (Riccardo) and Mary Elizabeth Williams (Amelia) © Bill Cooper
Cardiff

Ballo II, the American cut: an indigestible staging by David Pountney for WNO

By , 09 February 2019
***11
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Roman Válek © Petr Dyrc
Prague

Saul in Prague: Better heard than seen

By , 08 February 2019
***11
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Tim Mead (Oberon) and Miltos Yerolemou (Puck) © Kelly & Massa for Opera Philadelphia
Philadelphia

Robert Carsen's 28-year-old Dream conquers a new fan base in Philadelphia

By , 08 February 2019
*****
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Anne Sofie von Otter (Madame de Croissy) © Micke Sandström | Kungliga Operan
Stockholm

Anne Sofie von Otter dominates the scene in Stockholm's Carmélites

By , 06 February 2019
***11
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Amanda Majeski (Katya) © ROH | Clive Barda
London

Two great Royal Opera debuts aren't enough to lift a Katya Kabanova lacking in drama

By , 04 February 2019
***11
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Jens Larsen (Astradamors) and Leigh Melrose (Nekrotzar) © Herwig Prammer
Zürich

Quirky staging, superb singing: Ligeti’s Le Grand Macabre in Zurich

By , 03 February 2019
****1
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Shelley Jackson (Anna Bolena) © Alan Humerose
Lausanne

Over the top and splendid: a “Zeffirellian” Anna Bolena in Lausanne

By , 03 February 2019
***11
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Nadja Mchantaf (Mimì), Günter Papendell (Marcello) and Vera-Lotte Böcker (Musetta) © Iko Freese | drama.berlin.de
Berlin

When death is an old-fashioned portrait

By , 02 February 2019
****1
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Katie Bray (Varvara), Stephanie Corley (Katya) © Jane Hobson
Leeds

It's grim up North: a heartbreaking Katya Kabanova in Leeds

By , 02 February 2019
****1
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Jamie Barton (Sister Helen Prejean) and Michael Mayes (Joseph De Rocher) © Jeff Roffman
Atlanta

A gut-wrenching story of redemption: Atlanta Opera presents Dead Man Walking

By , 02 February 2019
****1
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Michael Honeyman (Wozzeck) © Keith Saunders
Sydney

Barbed wire fences and gas masks: William Kentridge’s unsettling Wozzeck in Sydney

By , 30 January 2019
****1
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Sir Roger Norrington © Manfred Esser
London

“Remember me!” Norrington and LPO provide emotion and insight in Purcell’s Dido and Aeneas

By , 30 January 2019
*****
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Angela Denoke (Judith) and Gerald Finley (Bluebeard) © Marty Sohl | Metropolitan Opera
New York City

Off-the-mark Iolanta, but a terrifying Bluebeard at the Met

By , 28 January 2019
****1
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Ruxandra Donose and Stuart Skelton © Simon Jay Price
London

A finely gauged Walküre from Jurowski and the LPO

By , 27 January 2019
****1
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Gaëlle Arquez (Juditha) © Marco Borggreve
Amsterdam

La Cetra dazzles in Juditha triumphans at Dutch National Opera

By , 26 January 2019
****1
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