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Sydney Mancasola (Bess McNeill) © James Glossop
Edinburgh

Mazzoli’s luminous Breaking the Waves receives European premiere in Edinburgh

By , 21 August 2019
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West Side Story © Jeff Busby
Sydney

More grit, less glitter required for Opera Australia's West Side Story

By , 20 August 2019
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Clay Hilley (Paul), Kirsten Harvey (Marie's Ghost) and Sara Jakubiak (Marietta) © Stephanie Berger
Annandale-on-Hudson

The dead arise: Bard Musical Festival presents a thrilling Die tote Stadt

By , 18 August 2019
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Martin Winkler (Jupiter) and Kathryn Lewek (Eurydice) © Salzburg Festival | Monika Rittershaus
Salzburg

Au fait with Orphée: Salzburg celebrates Offenbach's bicentenary

By , 17 August 2019
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Asmik Grigorian (Tatyana) © Ryan Buchanan
Edinburgh

Asmik Grigorian wows as Tatyana in Komische Oper Eugene Onegin in Edinburgh

By , 15 August 2019
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Juan Francisco Gatell (Demetrio) © Studio Amati Bacciardi
Pesaro

The beginnings of a genius: Demetrio e Polibio at the Rossini Opera Festival

By , 15 August 2019
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Christopher Maltman (Oedipe) © Salzburg Festival | Monika Rittershaus
Salzburg

Song of Destiny: Enescu's Oedipe at the Salzburg Festival

By , 14 August 2019
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Salome Jicia (Semiramide) © Studio Amati Bacciardi
Pesaro

The Queen is back: Semiramide in Pesaro

By , 14 August 2019
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Teresa Iervolino (Ernestina) and Pavel Kolgatin (Ermanno) © Studio Amati Bacciardi
Pesaro

Puns, dirty jokes and bizarre misunderstandings: L’equivoco stravagante at the Rossini Opera Festival

By , 13 August 2019
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Madison Leonard (Gilda) and Lester Lynch (Rigoletto) © Sunny Martini
Seattle

Timelessly timely: a dark and damning Rigoletto in Seattle

By , 10 August 2019
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Jakub Józef Orliński (Rinaldo) © Robbie Jack
Glyndebourne

Jolly hockey sticks! Orliński rules as Rinaldo at Glyndebourne

By , 08 August 2019
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Filipa Portela (Elle) © David Mar Photography
Edinburgh

La Voix Humaine: short, tense and explosive at the Edinburgh Fringe

By , 07 August 2019
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Carmela Remigio (Hecuba) © Clarissa Lapolla
Martina Franca

Manfroce's Ecuba: Martina Franca showcases a composer on the point of greatness

By , 04 August 2019
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Amanda Woodbury (Violetta) © Karli Cadel | The Glimmerglass Festival
Cooperstown

Glimmerglass’ Traviata: quality singing in a setting with novel accents

By , 04 August 2019
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Benedetta Torre (Carolina), Alasdair Kent (Paolino) © Clarissa Lapolla
Martina Franca

Secret affairs in an Italian summer: Cimarosa's Matrimonio segreto at Martina Franca

By , 03 August 2019
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Ann Hallenberg (Ariodante) and Roberta Mameli (Ginevra) © Mats Bäcker
Drottningholm

Handel’s Ariodante in Drottningholm's magical setting

By , 03 August 2019
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Anna Maria Sarra (Euridice) and Raffaele Pe (Orfeo) © Clarissa Lapolla
Martina Franca

Porpora's Orfeo: a plunge into the Neapolitan golden century

By , 02 August 2019
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Sarah Minns © Simoni Citeroni
London

An unlikely pair: Argento and Copland in a Grimeborn double bill

By , 01 August 2019
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Paul Carey Jones (Wotan) © Lidia Crisafulli
London

Slim-line Rheingold opens at Grimeborn Festival

By , 31 July 2019
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Elena Panktratova (Kundry) and Andreas Schager (Parsifal) © Bayreuther Festspiele | Enrico Nawrath
Bayreuth

Uwe Eric Laufenberg’s Bayreuth take on Parsifal: the case against religious fundamentalism

By , 30 July 2019
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Klaus Florian Vogt (Lohengrin) © Bayreuther Festspiele | Enrico Nawrath
Bayreuth

Bayreuth's Lohengrin lacks electricity

By , 29 July 2019
***11
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Aušrinė Stundytė (Heliane) © Stephanie Berger
Annandale-on-Hudson

Better late than never: Das Wunder der Heliane makes long-awaited US debut

By , 28 July 2019
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Klaus Florian Vogt (Walther) and Michael Volle (Hans Sachs) © Bayreuther Festspiele | Enrico Nawrath
Bayreuth

Who is on trial anyway? Kosky’s Meistersinger conquers Bayreuth again

By , 27 July 2019
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Yvonne Howard (Rosa Mamai) © Ali Wright
London

A sunny evening in Provence: Cilea’s L’arlesiana shines at Holland Park

By , 25 July 2019
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Stephen Gould (Tannhäuser), Elena Zhidkova (Venus) and Manni Laudenbach © Bayreuther Festspiele | Enrico Nawrath
Bayreuth

Tobias Kratzer's provocative Tannhäuser opens at Bayreuth

By , 25 July 2019
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War and Peace © Clive Barda
London

War and Peace: Welsh National Opera comes to London to parade its wares

By , 23 July 2019
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John Savournin (Sante), Clare Presland (Susanna) © Opera Holland Park | Ali Wright
London

Guilty secrets: Wolf-Ferrari entertains, Tchaikovsky bewitches at Opera Holland Park

By , 22 July 2019
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Il barbiere di Siviglia; Dominic Sedgwick (Figaro) © ROH 2019 | Clive Barda
London

Jette Parker Young Artists unite for a golden afternoon at Covent Garden

By , 21 July 2019
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Rigoletto at Bregenz © Karl Forster
Bregenz

Staging on steroids: Verdi’s Rigoletto in Bregenz

By , 19 July 2019
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Björn Bürger (Papageno) and Sofia Fomina (Pamina) © Glyndebourne Productions Ltd. | Bill Cooper
Glyndebourne

Die Zauberflöte at Glyndebourne: a mixed bag of paper cut-outs

By , 18 July 2019
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Irene Theorin (Turandot), Eri Nakamura (Liù) and Teodor Ilincăi (Calaf) © Masahiko Terashi / New National Theatre, Tokyo 2019
Tokyo

Turandot in Tokyo: A bold reimagining of the ending

By , 18 July 2019
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Christine Lyons (Alaide) © Steven Pisano
New York City

Bellini's mysterious Straniera appears in New York

By , 17 July 2019
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Ben Mingay (Sweeney Todd) and Antoinette Halloran (Mrs Lovett) © James Rogers
Perth WA

Sweeney Todd in Perth: ticks all the boxes

By , 16 July 2019
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Phelim McDermott Tao of Glass © Tristram Kenton
Manchester

Beauty, comedy and intrigue in Tao of Glass at Manchester International Festival

By , 15 July 2019
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Leigh Melrose (Brett Whiteley) © Prudence Upton
Sydney

Of art and genius: exceptional world premiere of Whiteley in Sydney

By , 15 July 2019
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Miah Persson © Priska Ketterer
Aix-en-Provence

Parallel symmetries and random synchronicities: Michel van der Aa’s Blank Out at Festival d’Aix

By , 13 July 2019
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Yelena Dyachek (Marie Antoinette) and Jonathan Bryan (Beaumarchais) © Karli Cadel | The Glimmerglass Festival
Cooperstown

Glimmerglass resurrects The Ghosts of Versailles on the eve of Bastille Day

By , 13 July 2019
****1
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Ivan Ludlow (Don Giovanni) © Matthew Williams Ellis
Moreton-in-Marsh

“The Predator Punish'd”: Longborough's new Don Giovanni

By , 11 July 2019
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Sabine Devieilhe (Marie) © ROH 2019 | Tristram Kenton
London

Devieilhe, Camarena, Spagnoli: a dream team for La Fille du régiment at the Royal Opera

By , 08 July 2019
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George Humphreys (Onegin) and Shelley Jackson (Tatyana) © Genevieve Girling
Buxton

Buxton Festival celebrates its 40th anniversary with Tchaikovsky’s Eugene Onegin

By , 06 July 2019
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Marcelo Álvarez (Turiddu) and Violeta Urmana (Santuzza) © Luciano Romano
Naples

Piety and violence in San Carlo's Cavalleria rusticana

By , 06 July 2019
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Adam Goodburn (Rev Charles Dodgson) © Soda Street Productions
Adelaide

Lewis Carroll’s Boojum! makes serious-nonsense in Adelaide

By , 05 July 2019
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Sally Matthews (Rusalka) © Tristram Kenton
Glyndebourne

How to stage magic: Glyndebourne's Rusalka

By , 04 July 2019
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George Petean (Don Carlo) © Monika Rittershaus (2018)
Zürich

Hidden identities, crime and shame: Homoki's Forza returns to Zurich

By , 04 July 2019
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Marcus Farnsworth (Noah) and his sons © Marc Brenner
London

Two-by-two in Stratford East: Britten's Noye's Fludde on location

By , 03 July 2019
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Ermonela Jaho (Anna Bolena) and Leonardo Cortellazzi (Percy) © Prudence Upton
Sydney

Tudor terrors in Opera Australia's new Anna Bolena

By , 02 July 2019
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Sophie Bevan (Governess), Leo Jemison (Miles) and Ed Lyon (Peter Quint) © Johan Persson
High Wycombe

Goosebumps at Garsington: an outstanding, shadowy Turn of the Screw

By , 01 July 2019
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Sean Anderson (Richard Nixon) and Rainelle Krause (Pat Nixon) © Jessi Franko Designs LLC
Princeton

Nixon in China touches down at Princeton Festival

By , 30 June 2019
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Venera Gimadieva (Marguerite de Valois) © Semperoper Dresden | Ludwig Olah
Dresden

Peter Konwitschny returns to the Semperoper with Les Huguenots

By , 29 June 2019
****1
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Joélle Harvey (Susanna) and Christian Gerhaher (Figaro) © ROH | Mark Douet
London

Gardiner runs Mozart ragged in The Royal Opera's Figaro

By , 29 June 2019
***11
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