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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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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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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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Tara Erraught (Angelina) © Jane Hobson
Cardiff

“Once upon a time”: Rossini's Cinderella in Cardiff

By , 05 October 2018
****1
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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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Rudolf Buchbinder © Marco Borggreve
Cardiff

The CBSO play Beethoven, Schumann and Wagner in Cardiff

By , 14 April 2018
****1
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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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Claire Rutter (Tosca) and Mark S Doss (Scarpia) © Richard Hubert Smith
Cardiff

An uncomplicated, thrilling Tosca from WNO

By , 09 February 2018
****1
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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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Ryan Wigglesworth © Benjamin Ealovega
Cardiff

Springtime for Ryan Wigglesworth and the BBCNOW

By , 19 January 2018
****1
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Thomas Søndergård © Andy Buchanan
Cardiff

Scintillating season opener from Søndergård and the BBC National Orchestra of Wales

By , 12 October 2017
****1
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Alan Oke (Skuratov) © Clive Barda
Cardiff

An arresting From the House of the Dead at Welsh National Opera

By , 08 October 2017
****1
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Robert Hayward (Khovansky) © Clive Barda
Cardiff

Stark and spellbinding: Mussorgsky's Khovanshchina leads WNO's Russian season

By , 23 September 2017
*****
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Catriona Morison © BBC Wales (B Tarr)
Cardiff

BBC Cardiff Singer of the World 2017: A Thrilling Finale

By , 18 June 2017
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Louise Alder (Sophie Von Faninal) and Lucia Cervoni (Octavian) © Bill Cooper
Cardiff

Sumptuous performances from WNO in Der Rosenkavalier

By , 04 June 2017
****1
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Michael Sanderling © Marco Borggreve
Cardiff

Beethoven from Dresden in Cardiff

By , 01 April 2017
****1
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Dominick Chenes (Rodolfo) and Marina Costa-Jackson (Mimì) © Robert Workman
Cardiff

A musically and visually opulent La bohème from Welsh National Opera

By , 28 January 2017
****1
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Martyn Brabbins © Benjamin Ealovega
Cardiff

Joyful noise: Walton’s mighty Belshazzar’s Feast in Cardiff

By , 01 December 2016
****1
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Tadaaki Otaka © Masahide Sato
Cardiff

Majesty and beauty in Daphnis et Chloé from Tadaaki Otaka and BBC NOW

By , 10 November 2016
****1
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Jeni Bern (Lilli Vanessi/ Katharine) and Quirijn de Lang (Fred Graham/ Petruchio) © Richard Hubert Smith
Cardiff

A wonderful show: Welsh National Opera's Kiss me, Kate

By , 29 September 2016
****1
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Luis Cansino (Macbeth) © Richard Hubert Smith
Cardiff

Musically excellent but excessively brutal: Verdi's Macbeth at WNO

By , 17 September 2016
***11
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Lester Lynch (Shylock) © Johan Persson
Cardiff

All that glitters: Tchaikowsky's The Merchant of Venice staged by Welsh National Opera

By , 16 September 2016
***11
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David Kempster (Tonio) and Gwyn Hughes Jones (Canio) © Bill Cooper
Cardiff

Cav & Pag: a nostalgia trip for Welsh National Opera

By , 29 May 2016
****1
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Andrew Bidlack (Private John Ball) and Marcus Farnsworth (Lieutenant Jenkins) © Bill Cooper
Cardiff

From the Somme's trenches: Iain Bell's In Parenthesis opens at Welsh National Opera

By , 13 May 2016
****1
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Jörg Widmann © Marco Borggreve
Cardiff

Programmatic and operatic premières in Cardiff

By , 01 May 2016
*****
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Ekaterina Kondaurova in Sacre © Natasha Razina
Cardiff

Augurs of Spring: strong Mariinsky double bill in Cardiff

By , 17 April 2016
****1
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Anna Devin (Susanna) and David Stout (Figaro) © Richard Hubert Smith
Cardiff

Strong performances in WNO's Marriage of Figaro

By , 20 February 2016
***11
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Pascal Rophé © Kajimoto Music
Cardiff

Extravagant impressions: new music and the BBCNOW pays homage to Dutilleux

By , 27 January 2016
****1
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David Arnsperger (Sweeney Todd) © Johan Persson
Cardiff

Razor sharp: a bloody Sweeney Todd at Welsh National Opera

By , 08 October 2015
****1
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Lawrence Zazzo, Fflur Wyn, Monika Sawa, Helen Greenaway, Sarah Pope, Nicola Morgan, Daniel Grice © Bill Cooper
Cardiff

Handel's Orlando given a lively update

By , 07 October 2015
*****
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Anastasia Kalagina © Andy Buchanan
Cardiff

Thomas Søndergård and his Welsh forces score a hit with Rachmaninov’s The Bells

By , 03 October 2015
****1
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Rosa Feola (Elvira) © Bill Cooper
Cardiff

Rosa Feola shines in Welsh National Opera's I puritani

By , 11 September 2015
***11
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Nadine Koutcher claiming the BBC Cardiff Singer crown © Brian Tarr
Cardiff

When the voice alone is not enough: BBC Cardiff Singer prize eludes favourite

By , 21 June 2015
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Jurgita Adamonyte (Mélisande) and Christopher Purves (Golaud) © Clive Barda
Cardiff

Spiral staircase and paddling pool: Pelléas et Mélisande from Welsh National Opera

By , 29 May 2015
****1
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Ashley Holland (Captain Hook) © Clive Barda
Cardiff

Leaving J.M.Barrie dangling: High-flying Peter Pan at Welsh National Opera

By , 16 May 2015
**111
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Martyn Brabbins © Sasha Gusov
Cardiff

Star-gazing performances of Bowden and Holst as BBC NOW and Chorus perform a Mark Bowden première

By , 18 April 2015
****1
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Cardiff

Sparkling light and deep shade from the Gould Piano Trio in the Philharmonia's City of Light series

By , 03 March 2015
****1
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Cardiff

A composer portrait of B Tommy Andersson in Cardiff

By , 25 February 2015
***11
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Cardiff

An evening of starvation and gluttony with Welsh National Opera's Hansel and Gretel

By , 21 February 2015
****1
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Cardiff

Lobsters, bowler hats and The Financial Times: The Magic Flute given Magritte makeover by Welsh National Opera

By , 13 February 2015
****1
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Cardiff

A too-delicate touch with the classics from Søndergård and BBC NOW

By , 05 February 2015
***11
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Cardiff

Late romanticism rises to a deafening climax: Langgaard, Korngold and Zemlinsky in Cardiff

By , 18 November 2014
***11
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Cardiff

Glass' The Trial in Cardiff: a new distillation and soundworld

By , 07 November 2014
****1
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Cardiff

Betrothal in a Monastery: Mariinsky forces sparkle in Prokofiev's comedy

By , 02 November 2014
*****
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Cardiff

Marc Chagall inspires a new production of Mosè in Egitto

By , 03 October 2014
****1
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Cardiff

Rossini's William Tell in fifty shades of grey

By , 12 September 2014
****1
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Cardiff

A Slavic Centrefold to the Welsh Proms

By , 23 July 2014
****1
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Cardiff

Usher House double bill fails to stand up

By , 13 June 2014
**111
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Cardiff

Glitter and black ostrich feathers prevail in WNO's Nabucco

By , 31 May 2014
***11
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Cardiff

Scant Sodom, no Gomorrah, but a riveting Moses und Aron

By , 24 May 2014
*****
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