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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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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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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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Anna Bonitatibus (Enrico) © Gianfranco Rota
Bergamo

A metatheatrical take on Donizetti's Enrico di Borgogna in Bergamo

By , 25 November 2018
*****
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Jessica Pratt (Elisabetta) © Gianfranco Rota
Bergamo

The first, forgotten Tudor Queen: Il castello di Kenilworth in Bergamo

By , 24 November 2018
***11
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Sarah Tynan (Lucia) © John Snelling
London

English National Opera revives Lucia di Lammermoor in chilling style

By , 25 October 2018
****1
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Rosa Feola (Lucia) © Sandra Then
Basel

“Quench the evil flame by blood”: A striking Lucia di Lammermoor in Basel

By , 19 October 2018
****1
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Brenda Rae (Lucia) © Kelly & Massa
Philadelphia

Brenda Rae's remarkable Lucia a compensation in Philadelphia

By , 21 September 2018
***11
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Alex Esposito (Dulcamara) © Alfredo Tabocchini
Macerata

Michieletto's L'elisir d'amore finds its ideal setting at the Macerata Festival

By , 21 July 2018
*****
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Laurent Naouri © Russell Duncan and Opera Rara | ROH
London

Donizetti's L'Ange de Nisida shines at its belated world première

By , 18 July 2018
****1
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Jessica Pratt (Lucia) and ensemble © Prudence Upton
Sydney

Mad scenes in Sydney for Jessica Pratt’s Lucia

By , 28 June 2018
*****
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Javier Camarena (Edgardo) and Lisette Oropesa (Lucia) © Javier del Real | Teatro Real
Madrid

Camarena does it again: Lucia di Lammermoor at the Teatro Real

By , 25 June 2018
****1
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Pene Pati (Nemorino) © Simon Watts
Auckland

New Zealand Opera’s L’elisir d’amore: an evergreen charmer

By , 31 May 2018
*****
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Juan Diego Flórez (Edgardo) and Venera Gimadieva (Lucia) © Wilfried Hösl
Munich

Great success for Gimadieva and Flórez in Munich's Lucia di Lammermoor

By , 13 May 2018
****1
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Diana Damrau (Maria Stuarda) and Serena Farnocchia (Elisabetta) © Monika Rittershaus
Zürich

Defiling the throne: David Alden's cumbersome Maria Stuarda disappoints in Zurich

By , 11 April 2018
***11
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Ambrogio Maestri (Don Pasquale) © Brescia & Amisano | Teatro alla Scala
Milan

Don Pasquale, or, The Revenge of the Dead Mother

By , 03 April 2018
****1
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Il borgomastro di Saardam © Gianfranco Rota
Bergamo

Il borgomastro di Saardam: Donizetti's opera buffa revived in Bergamo

By , 26 November 2017
****1
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Javier Camarena and Jamie Barton © Javier del Real | Teatro Real
Madrid

Jamie Barton shines in La Favorite in Teatro Real gala

By , 02 November 2017
***11
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Rachael Lloyd (Alisa) and Lisette Oropesa (Lucia) © ROH | Stephen Cummiskey
London

A devastating revival of Katie Mitchell's Lucia di Lammermoor

By , 30 October 2017
****1
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James Westman (Eustachio) © Kathy Wittman
Boston

An American First: Odyssey Opera presents L’assedio di Calais

By , 28 October 2017
****1
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Craig Colclough (Don Pasquale) and Andrew Wilkowske (Dr Malatesta) © Dan Norman
Saint Paul

Minnesota Opera Don Pasquale “goes Hollywood”

By , 15 October 2017
****1
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Adelaide

A carefree, comic Don Pasquale in Adelaide

By , 05 October 2017
***11
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Aleks Romano (Aurelio) © Carrington Spires
Cooperstown

Donizetti rarity given American première at Glimmerglass

By , 19 August 2017
****1
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Brenda Rae (Lucia) © Ken Howard for Santa Fe Opera, 2017
Santa Fe

Brenda Rae carries Santa Fe Opera's Lucia

By , 21 July 2017
***11
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Michael Spyres and Joyce El-Khoury in Les Martyrs © Russell Duncan (2014)
London

From Auber to Halévy: El-Khoury and Spyres celebrate a pair of French stars in style

By , 14 July 2017
****1
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Renato Girolami (Don Pasquale) and Chorus © Bill Cooper | Glyndebourne Opera
Glyndebourne

Buffa as blood sport: Mariame Clément's Don Pasquale at Glyndebourne

By , 13 July 2017
***11
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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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Nahuel di Pierro © Alvaro Yanez
London

Rosenblatt bows out in style with a fine recital from Nahuel di Pierro

By , 05 June 2017
****1
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Pretty Yende (Adina), Liparit Avetisyan (Nemorino) and Paolo Bordogna (Belcore) © ROH | Bill Cooper
London

Giant haystacks: Pelly's sunny L'elisir d'amore romps back to Covent Garden

By , 27 May 2017
****1
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Elena Moşuc (Maria Stuarda) and Stefano Antonucci (Lord Cecil) © Marcello Orselli
Genoa

A dispiriting première for Maria Stuarda at the Teatro Carlo Felice

By , 17 May 2017
**111
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Katerina Tretyakova (Lucia) © Brinkhoff-Mögenburg
Hamburg

Closer to St. Trinian’s than Braveheart: Lucia in Hamburg

By , 13 May 2017
***11
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L'elisir d'amore © Judith Schlosser (2015)
Zürich

A delightful confection: Donizetti’s L’elisir d’amore in Zurich

By , 07 April 2017
****1
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Ivan Magrì © Jonathan Rose
London

Rich pickings from Ivan Magrì's Rosenblatt Recital

By , 03 April 2017
****1
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Maria Grazia Schiavo (Lucia) and Saimir Pirgu (Edgardo) © Teatro di San Carlo | Luciano Romano
Naples

An emotional Lucia di Lammermooor in Naples

By , 22 March 2017
*****
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Jessica Pratt (Rosmonda) © Gianfranco Rota | Fondazione Donizetti
Bergamo

Rosmonda d'Inghilterra revived at Teatro Donizetti in Bergamo

By , 27 November 2016
***11
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Budapest

A one-woman show: new Lucia di Lammermoor opens in Budapest

By , 18 November 2016
**111
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Lisette Oropesa (Marie), Kevin Burdette (Sulpice) and Lawrence Brownlee (Tonio) © Scott Suchman
Washington

Washington National Opera's sparkling Daughter of the Regiment

By , 12 November 2016
****1
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Simone Piazzola © Jonathan Rose
London

Crouching pianist, hidden baritone: superb Simone Piazzola caught in Liszt ambush

By , 01 November 2016
***11
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Gilda Fiume (Maria) © Clive Barda
Wexford

Exhilarating Maria de Rudenz at Wexford Festival Opera

By , 28 October 2016
*****
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James Cleverton (Dulcamara) © Tim Morozzo
Perth

A delightful boutique Elixir of Love from Scottish Opera on tour

By , 25 October 2016
****1
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Lindsey Metzger (Alisa) and Albina Shagimuratova (Lucia) © Andrew Cioffi
Chicago

Shagimuratova and Beczała shine in Lucia di Lammermoor at the Lyric

By , 19 October 2016
***11
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Maurizio Muraro (Don Pasquale) © Cory Weaver | San Francisco Opera
San Francisco

Comedy and cruelty in Don Pasquale at San Francisco Opera

By , 28 September 2016
****1
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Juan Diego Flórez and Peruvian friend © BBC | Chris Christodoulou
London

Prom 75: Partygoers, pomp and Paddington Bear

By , 10 September 2016
***11
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Aleksandra Kurzak (Lucia) and Rachael Lloyd (Alisa) © ROH | Stephen Cummiskey
London

Returning to the crime scene: fresh blood improves Royal Opera's Lucia di Lammermoor

By , 11 May 2016
****1
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Javier Camarena
London

Brawn and brains: Javier Camarena dazzles at the Wigmore Hall

By , 14 April 2016
*****
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Diana Damrau (Lucia) and Charles Castronovo (Edgardo) © ROH | Stephen Cummiskey
London

Flawed and floored: Katie Mitchell delivers a powerful Lucia at Covent Garden

By , 07 April 2016
***11
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Juan Diego Flórez at the RAH © Jonathan Rose
London

Peruvian sunshine struggles to beat the clouds: Juan Diego Flórez at the Royal Albert Hall

By , 29 March 2016
**111
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Matthew Polenzani (Devereux) and Sondra Radvanovsky (Elisabetta) © Ken Howard | Metropolitan Opera
New York City

Radvanovsky tackles another Donizetti queen in The Met's Roberto Devereux

By , 28 March 2016
****1
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Ekaterina Siurina and Luis Gomes © Jonathan Rose
London

Rosenblatt strikes again: Luis Gomes and Ekaterina Siurina at Wigmore Hall

By , 16 March 2016
****1
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David Woodward (Fernand) and Catherine Backhouse (Léonor) © John Reading Photography
London

Monks, mistresses and broken swords: University College Opera takes on La favorite

By , 14 March 2016
***11
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