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Henri Deléger (Michael) © Tristram Kenton | Southbank Centre
London

Stockhausen rediscovered: Donnerstag aus Licht shines brightly

By , 21 May 2019
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Carolyn Holt (Sister Helen) © Tim Morozzo
Glasgow

Dead Man Walking receives thrilling UK staged premiere at RCS

By , 20 May 2019
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Roberto Alagna (Andrea Chénier) © ROH | Catherine Ashmore
London

Roberto Alagna brings up his century at the Royal Opera in Andrea Chénier revival

By , 20 May 2019
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Hera Hyesang Park (Rosina) and Andrey Zhilikhovsky (Figaro) © Robert Workman
Glyndebourne

Laughter returns to Seville: a sparkling Barbiere revival at Glyndebourne

By , 19 May 2019
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Scott Tucker © Shannon Finney Photography
Washington

Holy Schmitt! Choral Arts Society of Washington thrills with Schmitt's Psalm 47

By , 19 May 2019
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Juan Diego Flórez (Count Almaviva) © Wiener Staatsoper | Michael Pöhn
Vienna

Il barbiere di Siviglia: Flórez triumphs as Almaviva in Vienna

By , 18 May 2019
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Markus Brück © Alciro Theodoro da Silva
Hann. Münden

Magnificent Saul in Göttingen Handel Festival

By , 18 May 2019
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Michele Mariotti © Victor Santiago
Dublin

Paradise in music: a glorious Verdi Requiem under Michele Mariotti in Dublin

By , 17 May 2019
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Ketevan Kemoklidze, Bogdan Baciu, Bogdan Taloş, Eduardo Aladrén, Olesya Golovneva, Hans-Peter König © Andreas Endermann and Kerstin Kühne
Duisburg

Duisburg’s Don Carlos rescued from a devastating deluge

By , 17 May 2019
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Paavo Järvi © Yong Bin
Hamburg

Loud Berg and lyrical Bruckner from Paavo Järvi at the Elbphilharmonie

By , 16 May 2019
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Marie Fajtová (Ninette) © Dasa Wharton
Prague

Supernatural high jinks in Prague: The Love for Three Oranges

By , 16 May 2019
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Franz Welser-Möst, Mitsuko Uchida and The Cleveland Orchestra © Roger Mastroianni for The Cleveland Orchestra
Cleveland

Welser-Möst and Cleveland Orchestra explore late style of Bartók and Schubert

By , 16 May 2019
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Sebastian Zubieta © Steven Pisano for Bachtrack
New York City

A revival of Vivier's Kopernikus in Brooklyn finds inspiration – and cliché – in the afterlife

By , 15 May 2019
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Vincent Wolfsteiner (Hüon), Annette Dasch (Rezia) and Sebastian Mock (Puck) © Werner Kmetitsch
Vienna

Physiology, puppetry and pharmaceuticals: Oberon at Theater an der Wien

By , 15 May 2019
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Dean Murphy (Figaro) and Sinead O'Kelly (Rosina) © Herwig Prammer
Zürich

Intrigue, disguise and the damnation of ageing: Rossini’s Barbiere in Zurich

By , 15 May 2019
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Hongni Wu (Phaedra) © ROH | Bill Cooper
London

Phaedra: Henze's final opera given a sensitive and stylish new production in the Linbury Theatre

By , 15 May 2019
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Rachael Lloyd (Dido) and Eyra Norman (Belinda) © Tristram Kenton
London

Dido: Purcell's opera renamed and relocated by ENO and the Unicorn Theatre

By , 11 May 2019
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Amartuvshin Enkhbat (Rigoletto) and Liparit Avetisyan (Duke of Mantua) © Jeff Busby
Melbourne

Young cast, old production: Opera Australia’s Rigoletto is on song

By , 11 May 2019
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Elgan Llŷr Thomas (Johnny Inkslinger) © Lloyd Winters
London

Singing animals, heroic lumberjacks, pure melody and riotous entertainment in ENO's Paul Bunyan

By , 09 May 2019
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Emmanuel Krivine © Julien Becker
Edinburgh

A disappointing Symphonie fantastique to finish the SCO's season

By , 09 May 2019
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Natalia Osipova (Medusa) © ROH | Tristram Kenton
London

A bad hair day for Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui's Medusa at the Royal Ballet

By , 08 May 2019
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Erin Morley (Constance) and Isabel Leonard (Blanche de la Force) © Ken Howard | Met Opera
New York City

Faith and anguish: Carmélites at the Met

By , 08 May 2019
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Meryl Dominguez (Juliette) and Matthew White (Roméo) © Paul Sirochman
Philadelphia

“Arise, fair sun”: Gounod's Roméo et Juliette captivates

By , 07 May 2019
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Miriam Khalil (Mimì) and Joshua Guerrero (Rodolfo) © Michael Cooper
Toronto

A briskly conducted Bohème revived in Toronto

By , 05 May 2019
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Jennifer Johnson Cano (Offred) © Liza Voll
Boston

No balm in Gilead: Boston Lyric Opera presents The Handmaid’s Tale

By , 05 May 2019
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Julia Sitkovetsky (The Queen of the Night) © James Glossop
Glasgow

Stovepipe hats are back: Scottish Opera’s steampunk Magic Flute returns

By , 04 May 2019
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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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Riders to the Sea © William M Brown
Philadelphia

Curtis Opera Theatre offers overwhelming double bill of family tragedy

By , 02 May 2019
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Louise Alder (Semele) and Lucile Richardot (Juno/Ino) © Éric Larrayadieu
London

Semele crashes and burns, but Louise Alder soars up at Ally Pally

By , 02 May 2019
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Alexandra Zabala as Aida and Eric Greene as Amonasro © Clive Barda
Leeds

Aida in Leeds: a radical approach to an operatic warhorse by Opera North

By , 01 May 2019
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Nikolai Schukoff (Martin von Diercksen) and Maria Bengtsson (Oceane) © Bernd Uhlig
Berlin

A free spirit: Glanert's Oceane premieres in Berlin

By , 28 April 2019
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Julie Fuchs (Fiorilla) and Pietro Spagnoli (Prosdocimo) © Hans Jörg Michel
Zürich

Variety meets vaudeville: Rossini’s Il turco in Italia docks in Zurich

By , 28 April 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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Jennifer Rivera (Rosina) and Colin Lee (Almaviva) © Monika Rittershaus (2010)
Berlin

Ruth Berghaus’ timeless Barbiere still charms at Unter den Linden

By , 27 April 2019
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Vanessa Vasquez (Mimì) and Evan LeRoy Johnson (Rodolfo) © Steven Pisano for Opera Philadelphia
Philadelphia

Opera Philadelphia decorates La bohème with Impressionist art

By , 26 April 2019
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Hrachuhí Bassénz (Marie) and Pavol Breslik (Hans) © Semperoper Dresden/Ludwig Olah
Dresden

Folk rhythms and changing times in German language version of Smetana's Bartered Bride

By , 25 April 2019
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Roberto De Candia (Falstaff) and Rebecca Evans (Alice) © Javier del Real | Teatro Real
Madrid

A disappointing new Falstaff from Laurent Pelly at the Teatro Real

By , 25 April 2019
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Ariadne auf Naxos © Brescia/Amisano | Teatro alla Scala
Milan

Ariadne in Milan: the director cannot find the thread

By , 23 April 2019
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Elena Stikhina and Sergio Escobar © BAUS
Amsterdam

Bob Wilson's cool minimalist Butterfly is back in Amsterdam

By , 23 April 2019
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Aoife Miskelly © Marshall Light Studio
Belfast

A mostly solemn Good Friday in Belfast

By , 19 April 2019
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Kirsten Chambers © Kathy Wittman
Boston

Redemption through recollection: Odyssey Opera’s Die ägyptische Helena

By , 19 April 2019
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Louise Alder © Gerard Collett
London

Silence in Court! John Wilson and the OAE return a “not guilty” verdict

By , 18 April 2019
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Hervé Niquet © Eric Manas
Montreal

Mozart in Montreal: so it does matter who sits where

By , 18 April 2019
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Torsten Kerl (Rienzi) © Bettina Stöß
Berlin

Deutsche Oper Berlin revives Philipp Stölzl's production of Rienzi, set in Berlin

By , 18 April 2019
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Marek Janowski conducts Brahms' Ein Deutsches Requiem © Caroline Doutre
Aix-en-Provence

Aix Easter Festival: Janowski conducts Ein Deutsches Requiem

By , 17 April 2019
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Yusuf Eyvasov (Don Alvaro) © ROH | Bill Cooper
London

La forza dei Cristofori: Loy and Maltman raise hell at Covent Garden

By , 17 April 2019
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Sonya Yoncheva (Desdemona) and Stuart Skelton (Otello) © Lucie Jansch
Baden-Baden

Quiet tragedy: Robert Wilson's Otello explores depths of emotion in Baden-Baden

By , 16 April 2019
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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
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Peter Mattei (Don Giovanni) © Marty Sohl | Met Opera
New York City

A colorless Don Giovanni at the Metropolitan Opera

By , 15 April 2019
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Brenda Rae and Benjamin Hulett © Steve J. Sherman
New York City

“Endless pleasure” in Bicket's Semele at Carnegie Hall

By , 14 April 2019
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