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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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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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Riccardo Zanellato (Attila) © Roberto Ricci
Parma

A traditional Attila at the Verdi Festival in Parma

By , 30 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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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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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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Russell Thomas © Fay Fox
Los Angeles

Dudamel serves up Otello at the Hollywood Bowl

By , 15 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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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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James Cleverton (Gusmano) and Jung Soo Yun (Zamoro) © Richard Hubert Smith
Buxton

Revolutionary jungle fever: Verdi's Alzira staged at the Buxton Festival

By , 07 July 2018
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Martin Bárta (Nabucco) © Patrik Borecký
Prague

A beautiful but lifeless Nabucco in Prague

By , 28 June 2018
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Anna Patalong (Violetta) © Matthew Williams-Ellis
Moreton-in-Marsh

Shame, camera, action: Verdi's La traviata at Longborough

By , 26 June 2018
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Plácido Domingo (Macbeth) and Anna Netrebko (Lady Macbeth) © Bernd Uhlig
Berlin

Sparks fail to fly at the Staatsoper Berlin's new Macbeth

By , 21 June 2018
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Henry Waddington (Falstaff) © Clive Barda
High Wycombe

Songs of innocence and experience: Verdi's Falstaff at Garsington

By , 16 June 2018
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Claire Rutter (Amelia) and Vincenzo Costanzo (Riccardo) © Robert Workman
West Horsley

Country-house Ball: Verdi at Grange Park Opera

By , 09 June 2018
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Diana Damrau © Rebecca Fay | Erato
Vienna

Diana Damrau and Nicolas Testé: a variable evening of Verdi in Vienna

By , 04 June 2018
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Christof Fischesser, George Petean (Carlo), Hibla Gerzmava (Leonora) and Marcelo Puente (Alvaro) © Monika Rittershaus
Zürich

Twist of Fate: Hibla Gerzmava shines in botched Forza in Zurich

By , 02 June 2018
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Lauren Fagan (Violetta) © Robert Workman
London

Peacocks in Paris: an engrossing La traviata at Opera Holland Park

By , 29 May 2018
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Krassimira Stoyanova (Aida), Fabio Sartori (Radamès) and George Gagnidze (Amonasro) © Brescia & Amisano | Teatro alla Scala
Milan

A guilty pleasure: Zeffirelli's Aida at La Scala

By , 23 May 2018
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Giuseppe Gipali (Arrigo), Giuseppe Altomare (Rolando) and Vittoria Yeo (Lida) © Camilla Riccò | TerranovaProject Contrasto
Florence

Viva Verdi! Patriotic fervour in Florence's new La battaglia di Legnano

By , 22 May 2018
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Don Carlo © Barbara Aumüller
Berlin

Dampened fire: Don Carlo at the Deutsche Oper

By , 18 May 2018
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Angela Meade (Leonora) and Annika Schlicht (Ines) © Bettina Stöß
Berlin

Rachvelishvili triumphs as Azucena in Berlin

By , 12 May 2018
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Il corsaro at the Teatro Municipale, Piacenza © Mirella Verile
Piacenza

A traditional Il corsaro revived in Piacenza

By , 06 May 2018
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Gordon Hawkins (Amonasro) and Leah Crocetto (Aida) © Philip Newton
Seattle

A visually stunning Aida at Seattle Opera

By , 05 May 2018
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Riccardo Muti conducts the Australian World Orchestra © David Collins
Sydney

From little things, big things grow: The AWO returns to Sydney

By , 02 May 2018
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Eszter Sümegi (Amelia), Attila Fekete (Gustavo) and Alexandru Agache (Renato) © Valter Berecz
Budapest

Un ballo in maschera glitters but doesn’t ignite in Budapest

By , 21 April 2018
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