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Thomas Oliemans (Papageno) © Donald Cooper
London

Simon McBurney's Magic Flute makes a joyous return to ENO

By , 14 March 2019
****1
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Roman Válek © Petr Dyrc
Prague

Saul in Prague: Better heard than seen

By , 08 February 2019
***11
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Paul McCreesh conducts the OSM © Antoine Saito
Montreal

Montreal audience elated with OSM's Messiah

By , 18 December 2018
****1
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Quirijn de Lang (Lt Audebert), Richard Burkhard (Lt Horstmayer) and Timothy Nelson (Lt Gordon) © Tristram Kenton
Leeds

The futility of war: Opera North gives Kevin Puts’ Silent Night its UK première

By , 30 November 2018
*****
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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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Rupert Charlesworth (Dancing Master), Sabine Devieilhe (Zerbinetta) and troupe © Pascal Victor / Artcompress
Aix-en-Provence

Blissful soprano singing marooned in corporate-land: Ariadne in Aix

By , 04 July 2018
***11
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David Butt Philip (Hamlet) © Richard Hubert Smith
Glyndebourne

“Or not to be”: dislocated Shakespeare as Brett Dean’s Hamlet is revived for Glyndebourne’s tour

By , 21 October 2017
***11
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Michael Spyres (Mitridate) © ROH | Bill Cooper
London

Spyres and Crowe take the vocal honours at Covent Garden's Mitridate

By , 29 June 2017
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Sebastian Kohlhepp © Julia Wesely
Göttingen

Outstanding Brockes-Passion at Göttingen Handel Festival

By , 25 May 2017
*****
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Sarah Tynan (Partenope) © Donald Cooper
London

Partenope at ENO: pleasant enough but little more

By , 15 March 2017
**111
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Anna Prohaska © Monika Rittershaus
Vienna

All the world’s a stage in Mariame Clément's take on The Fairy Queen in Vienna

By , 21 January 2017
****1
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Ray Chenez © Julien Benhamou
London

Hidden princes: the modern première of Hasse's Demetrio from Opera Settecento

By , 21 September 2016
****1
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Erica Eloff © Sussie Ahlburg
London

Generous rivals? Handel's Elpidia unearthed by Opera Settecento

By , 31 March 2016
****1
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Aix-en-Provence

Robert Carsen's legendary production returns to its birthplace with a Dream cast

By , 04 July 2015
*****
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London

Fresh-voiced Semele opens London Handel Festival

By , 10 March 2015
****1
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Leeds

Opera North's sonorous Sibelius overshadows a lighter Mozart Requiem

By , 26 October 2014
***11
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London

Bach tracked: Bach's cantatas at the Royal Academy of Music

By , 22 January 2012
***11
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Maresi Riegner (Puck) und die St. Florianer Sängerknaben © Werner Kmetitsch
Vienna

Auch einem Turnsaal wohnt ein Zauber inne: Brittens A Midsummer Night's Dream am Theater an der Wien

By , 15 April 2018
****1
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Valer Sabadus (Nerone) und Alex Penda (Poppea) © Monika Rittershaus | Theater an der Wien
Vienna

L’incoronazione di Poppea im Theater an der Wien: Sinn und Sinnlichkeit, Wahn- und Frohsinn

By , 14 October 2015
*****
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