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Danielle de Niese (Cendrillon) and Kate Lindsey (Prince Charming) © Richard Hubert Smith
Glyndebourne

Cinders on the couch: Freudian Cendrillon at Glyndebourne

By , 08 June 2019
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Nino Machaidze (Manon Lescaut) and Juan Diego Flórez (Chevalier Des Grieux) © Wiener Staatsoper GmbH | Michael Pöhn
Vienna

Flórez makes a role debut in a stylish production of Manon in Vienna

By , 05 June 2019
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Renaud Capuçon and the Wiener Symphoniker © Caroline Doutre
Aix-en-Provence

When words fail: Capuçon, Shani and the Wiener Symphoniker play French music in Aix

By , 15 April 2019
*****
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Michael Fabiano (Werther) © Prudence Upton
Sydney

Intense role debut from Michael Fabiano as Werther in Sydney

By , 22 February 2019
****1
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English National Ballet in Manon © Laurent Liotardo
London

A fine company achievement: English National Ballet's Manon

By , 17 January 2019
****1
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James Streeter, Alina Cojocaru, jeffrey Cirio in ENB's Manon © Laurent Liotardo
London

Cojocaru leads a fine cast in ENB's Manon

By , 16 January 2019
*****
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Véronique Gens © Franck Juery
Oxford

A tour d'horizon of French song; Gens and Manoff enchant Oxford

By , 24 October 2018
*****
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Alix Le Saux (Cendrillon) © Richard Hubert Smith
Glyndebourne

Overwrought and over-thought: Fiona Shaw directs Cendrillon for the Glyndebourne Tour

By , 13 October 2018
***11
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Renaud Capuçon and the Orchestre de la Suisse Romande © BBC | Chris Christodoulou
London

Prom 45: A Franco-Russian Proms debut from the Orchestre de la Suisse Romande

By , 16 August 2018
****1
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Leonardo Capalbo (Rodrigue) and Dorset Opera Chorus © Fritz Curzon
Blandford Forum

Sins of the fathers: Le Cid at Dorset Opera Festival

By , 26 July 2018
****1
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Štěpánka Pučálková (Charlotte) and Peter Berger (Werther) © Patrik Borecký
Prague

A dark update for Werther in Prague

By , 07 June 2018
****1
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Lucas Meachem (Athanaël) © Cory Weaver
Saint Paul

The Minnesota Opera stages Thaïs, a bright star in Massenet’s galaxy of women

By , 20 May 2018
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Polina Semionova and Friedemann Vogel © Yan Revazov
Berlin

Polina and Friends gala wins Berlin balletomanes

By , 17 May 2018
*****
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Joyce DiDonato (Cendrillon) © Ken Howard | Met Opera
New York City

A pleasant last première of the season at the Metropolitan Opera

By , 20 April 2018
****1
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Maxim Vengerov © Benjamin Ealovega
London

The many faces of Brahms: Maxim Vengerov and Polina Osetinskaya at the Barbican

By , 16 April 2018
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Narek Haknazaryan © Marco Borggreve
London

Hakhnazaryan at Wigmore Hall: a riotous jig with a touch of class

By , 02 April 2018
*****
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C. Saunders (Monsieur GM), F. Hayward (Manon), A. Campbell (Lescaut) in Manon © Bill Cooper | ROH, 2018
London

Francesca Hayward shines in The Royal Ballet's revival of Manon

By , 29 March 2018
***11
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Ferruccio Furlanetto (Don Quichotte) © Ken Howard | San Diego Opera
Sydney

Enter the madman: Massenet’s Don Quichotte in Sydney

By , 19 March 2018
***11
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Insik Choi (De Brétigny) and Zuzana Marková (Manon Lescaut) © Bernd Uhlig
Cologne

A conceptually bold Manon at Oper Köln

By , 15 March 2018
****1
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François-Xavier Roth © François Sechet
London

The Young Debussy: Roth and the LSO open their miniature festival in style

By , 21 January 2018
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David Pittsinger (Polémon, left), Gerard Finley (Athanaël, singing) © Chris Lee | Metropolitan Opera
New York City

Ailyn Pérez stands out in a mixed performance of Massenet's Thaïs at The Met

By , 15 November 2017
***11
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Jenna Robertson (Manon) © Opera Box
Perth WA

Enjoyable Manon from Opera Box in Perth

By , 01 September 2017
***11
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Charles Dutoit, Joshua Bell and the RPO © BBC | Chris Christodoulou
London

Prom 43: Dutoit and the RPO pull out all the stops

By , 17 August 2017
****1
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Nicole Car © Georges Antoni
Sydney

Sparking leads wow audience in rare Sydney concert performance of Thaïs

By , 24 July 2017
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Hungarian National Ballet in Manon © Szilvia Csibi
Budapest

Hungarian National Ballet superb in Manon

By , 09 April 2017
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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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Juan Diego Flórez (Werther) and Anna Stéphany (Charlotte) © Herwig Prammer
Zürich

Provocation as part of the package: Massenet’s Werther in Zurich

By , 02 April 2017
****1
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Gautier Capuçon © Gregory Batardon
London

Gautier Capuçon and Frank Braley impress in mercurial Debussy

By , 15 March 2017
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Nino Machaidze © Antoni Bofill
Barcelona

Plácido Domingo returns to the Liceu for Massenet's Thaïs

By , 01 March 2017
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Vittorio Grigòlo (Werther) © Marty Sohl | Metropolitan Opera
New York City

Vittorio Grigòlo energizes an uneven Met staging of Werther

By , 20 February 2017
***11
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Piotr Beczała (Werther) © Antoni Bofill
Barcelona

Piotr Beczała leads a comprehensively excellent Werther in Barcelona

By , 28 January 2017
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Maria Katzarava and Stefano La Colla © Jonathan Rose
London

Patchy recital from Stefano La Colla and Maria Katzarava at Wigmore Hall

By , 10 January 2017
***11
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Juan Diego Flórez (Werther) and Isabel Leonard (Charlotte) © Rocco Casaluci
Bologna

Werther's middle-class dream in Rosetta Cucchi's Bologna staging

By , 15 December 2016
****1
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Gautier Capuçon © Gregory Batardon
Los Angeles

French classics from Capuçon and Morlot as the Hollywood Bowl's summer nears its end

By , 13 September 2016
***11
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Patricia Petibon © GTG | Carole Parodi
Geneva

Patricia Petibon shines in Olivier Py's ambitious Geneva Manon

By , 12 September 2016
****1
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Vittorio Grigolo (Werther) and Joyce DiDonato (Charlotte) © ROH | Bill Cooper
London

Grigolo and DiDonato light up the Royal Opera's Werther

By , 19 June 2016
***11
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Giulio Zappa and Mariella Devia at Wigmore Hall © Jonathan Rose
London

Bel canto brilliance: Mariella Devia's Rosenblatt Recital at Wigmore Hall

By , 14 June 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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Dmitry Korchak (Werther) © New National Theatre, Tokyo | Terashi Masahiko
Tokyo

A rather conventional Werther in Tokyo

By , 09 April 2016
***11
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Sandra Piques Eddy (Charlotte) and Alex Richardson (Werther) © Charles Erickson
Boston

Fade to black: Psychologically powerful Werther in Boston

By , 16 March 2016
****1
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Thomas Hampson © Kristin Hoebermann
Vienna

Hampson and Rieger in songs of love and loss at the Konzerthaus, Vienna

By , 26 February 2016
****1
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Roberto Bolle (Des Grieux) and Svetlana Zakharova (Manon) © Marco Brescia & Rudy Amisano | Teatro alla Scala
Milan

Svetlana Zakharova and Roberto Bolle in a vividly Milanese L’histoire de Manon

By , 14 November 2015
*****
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Adam Tunnicliffe (Werther) © Robert Workman
Cambridge

Truly, madly, but not quite deeply enough: Massenet's Werther from English Touring Opera

By , 05 November 2015
**111
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Tamara Mancini (Chimène) and Paul Groves (Rodrigue) © Kathy Wittman
Boston

Swamped: Le Cid cast swallowed alive in Boston

By , 18 September 2015
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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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Amsterdam

Juan Diego Flórez and Pretty Yende wow the Amsterdam public

By , 19 May 2015
****1
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Paris

After a century's absence, Massenet's Le Cid returns to its birthplace

By , 30 March 2015
****1
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New York City

Damrau and Grigolo battle through Pelly’s Manon production... and win

By , 09 March 2015
****1
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London

To Paradise and back: a thrilling Le Roi de Lahore from Chelsea Opera Group

By , 01 March 2015
****1
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Dublin

Flórez's love songs captures Dublin hearts

By , 25 October 2014
****1
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