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Ginger Costa-Jackson (Carmen) © Sunny Martini
Seattle

Ginger Costa-Jackson's sultry Carmen: the ultimate good-time girl in Seattle

By , 04 May 2019
*****
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Leila (Maeve Höglund) begs Zurga (John Moore) to spare her lover’s life © Elise Bakketun
Kansas City

An unashamedly fabulous Pearl Fishers from Lyric Opera of Kansas City

By , 27 April 2019
*****
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Igor Levit © Robbie Lawrence
Cologne

A colourful journey with Igor Levit and the Orchestre National de France

By , 24 March 2019
****1
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Helen Sherman (Carmen) and James Egglestone (Don José) © Soda Street Productions
Adelaide

An exciting open air Carmen in Adelaide

By , 23 March 2019
****1
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Joshua Bell © Bill Phelps
London

A medley of melodies from Joshua Bell and the ASMF

By , 19 January 2019
****1
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Daniel Johansson (Don José) and Miriam Treichl (Carmen) © Markus Gårder
Stockholm

Carmen meets Tosca at the Royal Swedish Opera

By , 19 January 2019
***11
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Les pêcheurs de perles © Susanne Schwiertz
Zürich

“Love makes us enemies”: Bizet’s “Les pêcheurs de perles” in Zurich

By , 16 December 2018
****1
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Gaëlle Arquez (Carmen) © ROH | Bill Cooper
London

Royal Opera Carmen: slicker, but still a mountain to climb

By , 30 November 2018
***11
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The Unknown Soldier © ROH | Helen Maybanks
London

Alastair Marriott's The Unknown Soldier is a poignant tribute

By , 22 November 2018
***11
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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
***11
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Pretty Yende (Leïla) and Javier Camarena (Nadir) © Marty Sohl | Metropolitan Opera
New York City

The Pearl Fishers: a lackluster evening at The Met

By , 17 November 2018
***11
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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
****1
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Enrique Mazzola © Eric Garault
London

French flair: Pure joy from Enrique Mazzola and the LPO

By , 24 October 2018
****1
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Carlos Acosta in Bruce's Rooster © Tristram Kenton
London

Carlos Acosta: A Celebration

By , 02 October 2018
****1
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Camilo Ramos and Sophie Zoricic in Acosta's Carmen © David Kelly
Brisbane

The Lady in Red: Queensland Ballet’s Firebird and Carmen

By , 26 May 2018
***11
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Adelaide

The State Opera’s Pearl Fishers graces Adelaide's stage

By , 17 May 2018
****1
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Daniela Mack (Carmen) © Steven Pisano for Opera Philadelphia
Philadelphia

Billboards, red dresses and a green balloon: Carmen in Philadelphia

By , 27 April 2018
****1
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François Leleux © Thomas Kost
Edinburgh

François Leleux makes SCO debut as conductor

By , 08 March 2018
****1
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© David Ruano
London

Maria Pagés' Yo Carmen at London's Flamenco Festival

By , 15 February 2018
***11
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Jacquelyn Stucker (Frasquita), Anna Goryachova (Carmen) and Aigul Akhmetashina (Mercédès) © ROH | Bill Cooper
London

Kosky's Carmen fails to light fires at Covent Garden

By , 14 February 2018
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Clémentine Margaine (Carmen) © Marcus Lieberenz
Berlin

Carmen the butcher: a grotesque new production at Deutsche Oper Berlin

By , 20 January 2018
***11
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Stéphane Denève © Uwe Ditz
London

Devastation and exuberance: Stéphane Denève and the Brussels Philharmonic hit the sweet spot

By , 08 November 2017
****1
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Aigul Akhmetshina (Carmen) © Clive Barda
London

Tragedy undermined: Peter Brook's La Tragédie de Carmen at Wilton's Music Hall

By , 04 November 2017
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Nino Machaidze (Leïla) © Ken Howard
Los Angeles

Fishing for pearls: LA Opera's second attempt at Bizet proves a charmer

By , 07 October 2017
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Kirill Karabits © Denis Manokha
Leeds

Karabits and the Bournemouth SO bring Messiaen's “Song of Love” to Leeds

By , 07 October 2017
***11
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Martha Argerich © Cătălina Filip
Bucharest

Inside and outside the comfort zone: Dutoit leads Argerich and the RPO

By , 12 September 2017
***11
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© Beth Chalmers
Edinburgh

María Pagés Company presents Yo, Carmen at the Edinburgh International Festival

By , 12 August 2017
****1
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Viktoria Tereshkina and Vladimir Shklyarov in Paquita © Jennie Walton
London

An evening of Contrasts from the Mariinsky Ballet

By , 08 August 2017
***11
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Benjamin Northey © Ross Calia
Melbourne

Fraternity and frivolity: from Bizet to Elgar in Melbourne

By , 28 July 2017
***11
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Gaëlle Arquez (Carmen) and Scott Hendricks (Escamillo) © Bregenzer Festspiele | Karl Forster
Bregenz

When the cards fall in your favour: a striking Carmen from Kasper Holten in Bregenz

By , 27 July 2017
****1
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Stefano Secco (Don José) e Clémentine Margaine (Carmen) © Luciano Romano
Naples

Clémentine Margaine's Carmen seduces more than the production in Naples

By , 07 July 2017
***11
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Stéphanie d'Oustrac (Carmen) and Michael Fabiano (Don José) © Patrick Berger | artcompress
Aix-en-Provence

Carmen as therapy: Tcherniakov challenges clichés but is stumped in Aix

By , 04 July 2017
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Olga Peretyatko (Leïla) © Donata Wenders
Berlin

Wim Wenders successful dive into opera: Les Pêcheurs de perles at the Staatsoper Berlin

By , 24 June 2017
****1
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Tom Randle (Don José) and Nino Surguladze (Carmen) © Marty Melville
Auckland

Ridding Carmen of cliches in Auckland

By , 22 June 2017
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Marianne Croux (Frasquita), Na'ama Goldman (Carmen) and Filipa van Eck (Mercédès) © Robert Workman
Alresford

A striking Carmen at Grange Festival

By , 15 June 2017
*****
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Susanna Mälkki © Simon Fowler
Chicago

Mälkki serves a smorgasbord with the Chicago Symphony

By , 15 June 2017
***11
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Madrid

Death not passion at the heart of Johan Inger’s Carmen

By , 15 June 2017
****1
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Michèle Losier and the Seattle Symphony © Brandon Patoc
Seattle

Morlot in his element for L’Enfant et les sortilèges

By , 03 June 2017
****1
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Marianne Crebassa, Tugan Sokhiev and the Orchestre National du Capitole de Toulouse © Patrice Nin
Paris

Return to the harem: Marianne Crebassa seduces in Ravel's Shéhérazade in Paris

By , 20 May 2017
*****
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Nicoletta Manni and Roberto Bolle in Symphony in C © Marco Brescia and Rudy Amisano
Milan

La Scala invests in a new generation of Italian choreographers with a well balanced triple bill

By , 10 May 2017
****1
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Rinat Shaham (Carmen) and Christopher Hillier (Moralès) © Jeff Busby
Melbourne

Melbourne Carmen a feast of style and substance

By , 06 May 2017
****1
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Tiler Peck and Amar Ramasar, Allegro Brillante © Paul Kolnik
New York City

NYC Ballet: An Embarrassment of Riches

By , 21 April 2017
****1
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Mahan Esfahani © Bernhard Musil | DG
Auckland

Esfahani's Poulenc the highlight of an all-French programme in Auckland

By , 30 March 2017
***11
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Joseph Calleja (Don José) and Ekaterina Gubanova (Carmen) © Todd Rosenberg
Chicago

A luscious new Carmen in Chicago

By , 11 February 2017
****1
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Evan Bowers (Don José) and Katarina Bradić (Carmen) © Erik Berg
Oslo

A man’s world: Bieito’s Carmen revived in Oslo

By , 28 January 2017
***11
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Lara Melda © Benjamin Harte
London

Listen with Aurora: an exploration of childhood at Kings Place

By , 16 December 2016
****1
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Jessie Montgomery © Jiyang Chen
New York City

Jessie Montgomery première shines among the classics at Carnegie Hall

By , 27 October 2016
***11
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Emma Matthews (Leïla) © James Rogers
Perth WA

Exquisite Emma Matthews the star in Perth's colonial Pearl Fishers

By , 25 October 2016
***11
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© Turku Philharmonic
Turku

Bullfighter's Prayer: Strong rhythms and jealousy at Turku Castle

By , 23 October 2016
***11
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Robert McPherson (Nadir), Claudia Boyle (Leïla) and Jacques Imbrailo (Zurga) © Robbie Jack
London

Slow to ignite: tepid revival of Bizet’s Pearl Fishers at ENO

By , 19 October 2016
***11
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