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Yusuf Eyvasov (Don Alvaro) © ROH | Bill Cooper
London

La forza dei Cristofori: Loy and Maltman raise hell at Covent Garden

By , 17 April 2019
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Sonya Yoncheva (Desdemona) and Stuart Skelton (Otello) © Lucie Jansch
Baden-Baden

Quiet tragedy: Robert Wilson's Otello explores depths of emotion in Baden-Baden

By , 16 April 2019
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Teodor Currentzis © Nadia Rosenberg
Aix-en-Provence

An evangelical happening in Aix: Teodor Currentzis conducts Verdi's Requiem

By , 14 April 2019
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Tatiana Serjan © Tod Rosberg
Amsterdam

An exhilarating Nabucco at the Concertgebouw

By , 13 April 2019
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Riccardo Muti conducts excerpts from Rigoletto © Spring Festival in Tokyo | Satoshi Aoyagi
Tokyo

Drama in Verdi's orchestration: Muti conducts the Tokyo Harusai Festival Orchestra in Rigoletto

By , 04 April 2019
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Jonas Kaufmann (Don Alvaro) and Anna Netrebko (Leonora) © ROH | Bill Cooper
London

Outrageous fortune: stellar opening night for La forza del destino at Covent Garden

By , 21 March 2019
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Elaine Alvarez (Aida) © Opéra Royal de Wallonie-Liège
Liège

Under the eye of Horus: a traditional Aida in Liège

By , 09 March 2019
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Madeleine Pierard (Lady Macbeth) © Richard Hubert Smith
London

A potent concoction: Macbeth is ETO's hit of the season

By , 09 March 2019
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Sir Antonio Pappano © Musacchio & Ianniello
London

Pappano and the LSO bring the Italians out of the opera pit

By , 03 March 2019
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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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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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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
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RTÉ Philharmonic Choir © RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra
Dublin

Pleasing rendition of Great Opera Choruses by RTE Philharmonic Choir

By , 25 January 2019
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Angel Blue (Violetta Valéry) © ROH | Catherine Ashmore
London

Blue is the new Violet: an outstanding Traviata debut

By , 24 January 2019
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Ermonela Jaho (Violetta) © ROH | Catherine Ashmore
London

Ermonela Jaho makes a haunting return to Covent Garden’s Traviata

By , 14 January 2019
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Dolora Zajick (Amneris) © Marty Sohl | Metropolitan Opera (2009)
New York City

Amneris is the star of the Met's Aida revival

By , 07 January 2019
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Sonya Yoncheva (Desdemona) © Ken Howard | Metropolitan Opera
New York City

Yoncheva and Dudamel shine in a blazing Otello at the Met

By , 17 December 2018
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Ildar Abdrazakov (Attila) © Teatro alla Scala | Brescia e Amisano
Milan

She came, she saw, she conquered: Saoia Hernández wins La Scala hearts in a conservative Attila

By , 07 December 2018
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La traviata © Marty Sohl | Metropolitan Opera
New York City

The Met welcomes Nézet-Séguin with a new Traviata

By , 04 December 2018
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Karl-Magnus Fredriksson (Rigoletto) © Markus Gårder
Stockholm

A static Rigoletto at the Royal Swedish Opera in Stockholm

By , 28 November 2018
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Imelda Drumm (Amneris), Manfred Hemm (Ramfis), Graeme Danby (King) and Gwyn Hughes Jones (Radamès) © Pat Redmond
Dublin

In Dublin, an Aida that successfully strips away the Egyptian iconography

By , 24 November 2018
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Anush Hovhannisyan (Violetta) © Jane Hobson (2017 for Scottish Opera)
Southampton

McVicar's Traviata is still darkly impressive

By , 23 November 2018
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Vittoria Yeo (Lady Macbeth) and Luca Salsi (Macbeth) © Michele Crosera
Venice

A psychological Macbeth from Michieletto and Chung at La Fenice

By , 23 November 2018
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Arsen Soghomonyan, Ermonela Jaho and the LPO © Russell Duncan
London

Drama in concert: Elder and the LPO in Puccini's Le Willis

By , 21 November 2018
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Carlos Álvarez (Boccanegra) © ROH | Clive Barda
London

Political intrigues at the Royal Opera as Simon Boccanegra returns

By , 15 November 2018
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Michael Spyres and Lawrence Brownlee © Ronald Knapp
Amsterdam

Brownlee and Spyres at the Concertgebouw: so much more than vocal jousting

By , 31 October 2018
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Andrea Carè (Radamès) and Maria Katzarava (Aida) © Markus Gårder
Stockholm

Cavanagh's undercooked Aida returns to the Royal Swedish Opera with a new cast

By , 27 October 2018
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Sir Antonio Pappano © ROH | David Bebber
London

A powerful performance of Verdi's Requiem from Pappano at the Royal Opera House

By , 23 October 2018
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Venera Gimadieva (Violetta) © Scott Suchman
Washington

Venera Gimadieva leads a moving Traviata in DC

By , 21 October 2018
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Lina Johnson (Gilda) © Julie Howden
Glasgow

A dark, unflinching Rigoletto from Scottish Opera

By , 18 October 2018
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Noel Bouley Germont) and Emanuele D’Aguanno (Alfredo) © Robert Workman
Glyndebourne

Mané Galoyan steals the show in a Traviata for our age

By , 12 October 2018
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Anna Maria Chiuri (Azucena) © Edoardo Piva | Teatro Regio Torino
Turin

In Turin's Trovatore, the women carry the day

By , 10 October 2018
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Giovanni Meoni (Nabucco) © Luciano Romano
Naples

A low profile staging for Nabucco in Naples

By , 09 October 2018
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Riccardo Zanellato (Attila) © Roberto Ricci
Parma

A traditional Attila at the Verdi Festival in Parma

By , 30 September 2018
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Sebastian Catana (Rigoletto) and chorus © Patrick Redmond Photography
Belfast

A gripping, dark, moving Rigoletto from Northern Ireland Opera

By , 30 September 2018
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Nino Surguladze (Azucena) © Lucie Jansch
Parma

Robert Wilson's lunar Trouvère in Parma is the antithesis of grand opéra

By , 29 September 2018
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Francesco Meli (Ernani and Ailyn Pérez (Elvira) © Marco Brescia & Rudy Amisano | Teatro alla Scala
Milan

Codes of honour trip up Bechtolf's Ernani at La Scala

By , 29 September 2018
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Anna Netrebko (Aida) and Anita Rachvelishvili (Amneris) © Marty Sohl | Metropolitan Opera
New York City

At The Met, Netrebko triumphs as Aida, with Rachvelishvili a powerful rival

By , 26 September 2018
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Verdi's Requiem at Westminster Cathedral © Thomas Bowles
London

A mortal nothingness: Verdi's Requiem at Westminster Cathedral

By , 18 September 2018
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The Little Humpback Horse © Zoran Jelenic
London

Les Ballets Trockadero's UK tour opens with a bang at the Peacock

By , 11 September 2018
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Lise Davidsen and the LPO © BBC | Chris Christodoulou
London

Prom 64: Lise Davidsen shines in an awesome Verdi Requiem with the LPO

By , 30 August 2018
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Yannick Nézet-Séguin © BBC | Chris Christodoulou
London

Prom 61: An affectionate Bruckner 4 from Nézet-Séguin and the Rotterdam Philharmonic

By , 28 August 2018
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Domingo Hindoyan © Arne Hyckenberg
Stockholm

Verdi’s Requiem at the Baltic Sea Festival in Stockholm

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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Salome Jicia (Violetta Valéry) © Alfredo Tabocchini
Macerata

Svoboda’s “Traviata of the Mirrors” returns to Macerata

By , 22 July 2018
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Elena Gabouri (Amneris) and Amber Wagner (Aida) © Prudence Upton
Sydney

Digitally Aida’d: A new production at Opera Australia

By , 18 July 2018
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Riccardo Muti conducting the Orchestra del Maggio Musicale Fiorentino © Silvia Lelli
Ravenna

Riccardo Muti conducts a majestic Macbeth in Ravenna

By , 15 July 2018
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Russell Thomas © Fay Fox
Los Angeles

Dudamel serves up Otello at the Hollywood Bowl

By , 15 July 2018
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Saimir Pirgu (The Duke of Mantua) and Nino Surguladze (Maddalena) © Francesco Squeglia
Naples

A solid, dramatic staging for Rigoletto in Naples

By , 14 July 2018
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Sir Bryn Terfel (Falstaff) and Rupert © ROH | Catherine Ashmore
London

Sir John in Love: the fat knight returns to Covent Garden

By , 10 July 2018
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