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Evgenia Muraveva (Cio-Cio-San) © Luciano Romano
Naples

A sophisticated new Butterfly directed by Ferzan Ozpetek in Naples

By , 16 April 2019
***11
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Celine Byrne (Cio-Cio-San) © Patrick Redmond
Dublin

Superlative Celine Byrne makes INO's Butterfly a memorable experience

By , 24 March 2019
*****
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Marlena Keine (Musetta) © Andris Tone
Riga

Four house debuts in Latvian National Opera's Bohème

By , 16 March 2019
****1
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Filippo Gorini © Mat Hennek
London

Drums of war: the Flanders Symphony Orchestra at Cadogan Hall

By , 15 March 2019
****1
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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
****1
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Kristine Opolais in Puccini's Suor Angelica with the BSO © Winslow Townson
Boston

Twilight raptures: Boulanger, Debussy and Suor Angelica with Nelsons, Opolais, and the BSO

By , 21 February 2019
****1
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Vanessa Vince-Pang in The Rite of Spring © Tristram Kenton
Leeds

Last Rites: Puccini meets Stravinsky in Leeds

By , 16 February 2019
****1
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Renée Fleming © Andrew Eccles | Decca
Amsterdam

The many facets of Renée Fleming in recital at the Concertgebouw

By , 07 February 2019
***11
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Nadja Mchantaf (Mimì), Günter Papendell (Marcello) and Vera-Lotte Böcker (Musetta) © Iko Freese | drama.berlin.de
Berlin

When death is an old-fashioned portrait

By , 02 February 2019
****1
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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
**111
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Arthur Bruce (Gianni Schicchi) © Royal Conservatoire of Scotland | Robbie McFadzean
Glasgow

A perfect antidote to those January blues: Stylish, witty double bill at RCS

By , 21 January 2019
****1
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Dancers in Opera Australia's Turandot © Keith Saunders
Sydney

Opera Australia revives spectacular storybook Turandot

By , 15 January 2019
****1
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Anna Netrebko © Chris Lee
New York City

A diva debut: Anna Netrebko in recital at Carnegie Hall

By , 09 December 2018
****1
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Molly Barker (Zita) and Quentin Hayes (Gianni Schicchi) in Gianni Schicchi © Robert Workman
Manchester

Suor Angelica and Gianni Schicchi in Manchester double bill

By , 09 December 2018
****1
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Natalya Romaniw (Mimì) © Robert Workman
London

A house debut to savour: Natalya Romaniw soars in revival of ENO's Bohème

By , 26 November 2018
****1
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Plácido Domingo (Gianni Schicchi) © Ken Howard | Metropolitan Opera
New York City

Trittico's 100th anniversary and Domingo's 50th celebrated at The Met

By , 26 November 2018
****1
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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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Madama Butterfly © Markus Gårder (September 2018)
Stockholm

Asmik Grigorian an extraordinary Butterfly in Stockholm

By , 20 November 2018
****1
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Le villi © Paul Sirochman
Philadelphia

Superb AVA Puccini double bill in Philadelphia

By , 08 November 2018
*****
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Yosep Kang (Rodolfo) and Maija Kovalevska (Mimì) © Jeff Busby
Melbourne

Life on the precipice: Opera Australia revives its Berlin Bohème

By , 07 November 2018
***11
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Phillip Rhodes (Scarpia) and Kari Postma (Tosca) © Marco Borggreve
Amsterdam

A dystopian police state for Reisopera's new Tosca

By , 06 November 2018
***11
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Eva-Maria Westbroek (Minnie) and Yusif Eyvazov (Dick Johnson) © Ken Howard | Metropolitan Opera
New York City

Big, bold Minnie and Johnson in Met's Fanciulla: Eyvazov shines

By , 04 October 2018
*****
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Alpesh Chauhan © Patrick Allen | operaomnia.co.uk
Birmingham

Chauhan takes CBSO from shaky start to triumphant finale

By , 27 September 2018
***11
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Nicole Car (Mimì) and Vittorio Grigòlo © Marty Sohl | Metropolitan Opera
New York City

Fresh talent breathes new life into The Met's traditional Bohème

By , 25 September 2018
****1
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Tuomas Pursio (Scarpia) and Aušrinė Stundytė (Tosca) © Heikki Tuuli
Helsinki

An emotional new Tosca from Christof Loy in Helsinki

By , 21 September 2018
****1
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Thomas Atkins (Rodolfo) and Marlena Devoe (Mimì) © David Rowland
Auckland

Talented young cast shines in New Zealand Opera's La bohème

By , 19 September 2018
****1
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Giselle Allen (Tosca) and Rafael Rojas (Cavaradossi) © Richard Hubert Smith
Leeds

A lovely, lurid Tosca from Opera North

By , 16 September 2018
****1
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Lauren Michelle (Musetta) and Charles Johnston (Alcindoro) © Fritz Curzon
Blandford Forum

A girl next door: La bohème at Dorset Opera Festival

By , 25 July 2018
****1
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Ermonela Jaho (Suor Angelica) © Wilfired Hösl
Munich

Kirill Petrenko and a luxury cast grace Il trittico in Munich

By , 14 July 2018
*****
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Jonathan Tetelman and Kristine Opolais © Hilary Scott
Lenox

Nelsons sheds light on Puccini's canvas in a concert performance of La bohème at Tanglewood

By , 14 July 2018
****1
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Brian Jagde (Cavaradossi) and Ainhoa Arteta (Tosca) © Luciano Romano
Naples

Tosca finally set in its own time and place at the Teatro San Carlo

By , 12 July 2018
***11
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Sae-Kyung Rim (Cio-Cio-San) and Mikael Kohi © Soila Puurtinen
Savonlinna

Butterfly's castle: Puccini soars at Savonlinna

By , 09 July 2018
****1
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Maria Agresta (Mimì), Matthew Polenzani (Rodolfo) in Act 4 © ROH | Catherine Ashmore
London

La bohème at the Royal Opera: a simple tragedy, heart-rendingly told

By , 16 June 2018
****1
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Gregory Kunde (Des Grieux) and Liudmyla Monastyrska (Manon) © A. Bofill
Barcelona

A forlorn Manon Lescaut arrives in Barcelona

By , 07 June 2018
***11
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Olga Busuioc (Cio-Cio San) © Robbie Jack
Glyndebourne

Tears on the picnic lawn: Madama Butterfly makes her bow at the Glyndebourne Festival

By , 19 May 2018
***11
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Jennifer Rowley (Tosca) and Ambrogio Maestri (Scarpia) © Jessica Griffin | Philadelphia Orchestra
Philadelphia

Yusif Eyvazov a magnificent Cavardossi in Philadelphia's Tosca

By , 12 May 2018
*****
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Marco Vratogna (Scarpia) © Jeff Busby
Melbourne

Opera Australia’s Tosca highlights the tyranny of evil Scarpia

By , 01 May 2018
****1
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Anna Netrebko (Tosca) and Michael Volle (Scarpia) © Ken Howard | Metropolitan Opera
New York City

High Cs to burn: Netrebko stars in The Met’s new, hot-blooded Tosca

By , 30 April 2018
*****
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Svetlana Kasyan (Tosca) © Yasuko Kageyama | Teatro dell’Opera di Roma
Rome

Time-travelling back to 1900: an eye-popping Tosca in Rome

By , 07 April 2018
****1
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Guanqun Yu (Liù) © Richard Termine | Metropolitan Opera
New York City

Guanqun Yu's Liù the shining star of Turandot at The Met

By , 31 March 2018
***11
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Ho-Yoon Chung (Rodolfo) and Iulia Maria Dan (Mimì) © Prudence Upton
Sydney

Boho chic: Handa Opera on Sydney Harbour returns

By , 23 March 2018
****1
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Craig Smith (Michele) in Il tabarro © Richard Hubert Smith
London

Brooding Tabarro and a humdinger of a Gianni Schicchi from ETO

By , 02 March 2018
****1
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Ermonela Jaho (Cio-Cio-San) and Roberto Aronica (Pinkerton) © Karen Almond | Metropolitan Opera
New York City

Ermonela Jaho lives the part of Butterfly at the Met

By , 26 February 2018
*****
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Michael Fabiano (Rodolfo) and Sonya Yoncheva (Mimì) © Ken Howard | Metropolitan Opera
New York City

The Met's Bohème: As if it were new

By , 21 February 2018
*****
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Claire Rutter (Tosca) and Mark S Doss (Scarpia) © Richard Hubert Smith
Cardiff

An uncomplicated, thrilling Tosca from WNO

By , 09 February 2018
****1
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Alessandra Marianelli (Mimì) and Matteo Lippi (Rodolfo) © Rocco Casaluci
Bologna

Vick and Mariotti refresh Bohème in Bologna

By , 20 January 2018
*****
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Anne Sophie Duprels (Cio-Cio-San) © Richard Hubert Smith
Leeds

Opera North's Madama Butterfly is much more than a tear-jerker with a social conscience

By , 19 January 2018
****1
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Jorge de Léon (Calaf) © Ramella & Giannese | Teatro Regio di Torino
Turin

An enigmatic Turandot in Stefano Poda's dream staging at the Teatro Regio in Turin

By , 16 January 2018
***11
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Gerald Finley (Scarpia), Adrienne Pieczonka (Tosca) © ROH | Catherine Ashmore
London

Tosca at Covent Garden with Calleja, Finley and Pieczonka: promise as yet unfulfilled

By , 15 January 2018
***11
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Eleanora Buratto (Mimì) © Luciano Romano
Naples

A warm Mimì in a cold Bohème in Naples

By , 11 January 2018
***11
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