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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
***11
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Les pêcheurs de perles © Susanne Schwiertz
Zürich

“Love makes us enemies”: Bizet’s “Les pêcheurs de perles” in Zurich

By , 16 December 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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Daniel Brenna (Siegfried), Stacey Tappan, Renée Tatum and Lauren McNeese (Rhinemaidens) © Cory Weaver | San Francisco Opera
San Francisco

The San Francisco Ring: Episode IV – A New Hope

By , 24 June 2018
*****
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Falk Struckmann (Alberich) and Greer Grimsley (Wotan) © Cory Weaver | San Francisco Opera
San Francisco

A strong start for San Francisco Opera's Ring

By , 19 June 2018
****1
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Svetlana Aksenova (Cio-Cio-San) © Toni Suter | T+T Fotografie
Zürich

Simplicity the key to Ted Huffman's new Madama Butterfly in Zurich

By , 10 December 2017
****1
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JoAnn Falletta © David Adam Beloff
Vienna

A dynamic Carmina Burana at Wolf Trap

By , 28 July 2017
****1
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Gaëlle Arquez (Mélisande) and Björn Bürger (Pelléas) © Barbara Aumüller
Frankfurt am Main

Perfect Pelléas: Debussy's opera seduces in Frankfurt

By , 01 April 2017
*****
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Jamie Barton © Stacey Bode
Atlanta

Drenched by the sea in Atlanta: Elgar and Vaughan Williams from Spano and the ASO

By , 03 November 2016
****1
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Mary Beth Nelson (Betty), Ariana Wehr (Abigail), Emma Grimsley (Ruth), Molly Jane Hill (Susanna) © Karli Cadel | Glimmerglass Opera
Cooperstown

Young voices shine in Glimmerglass Opera's The Crucible

By , 14 August 2016
***11
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Plácido Domingo (Simon Boccanegra) © Ken Howard | Metropolitan Opera
New York City

Old guard stands up well in Met’s revival of Simon Boccanegra

By , 01 April 2016
***11
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Donald Runnicles © Florence McCall
Atlanta

Runnicles conducts a tightly controlled Missa solemnis in Atlanta

By , 21 January 2016
****1
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Jason Bridges (Edgar Allan Poe in Usher House) © Cory Weaver | San Francisco Opera
San Francisco

At San Francisco Opera, Usher House falls dramatically... twice

By , 08 December 2015
****1
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Brian Mulligan (Sweeney Todd) and Stephanie Blythe (Mrs Lovett) © Cory Weaver | San Francisco Opera
San Francisco

Bloody fun with Sweeney Todd at San Francisco Opera

By , 18 September 2015
****1
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The Trojan Horse © Cory Weaver | San Francisco Opera
San Francisco

A staggering behemoth: McVicar's Les Troyens arrives in San Francisco

By , 12 June 2015
***11
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Frankfurt am Main

Opera of utmost truthfulness: Weinberg's Passenger in Frankfurt

By , 01 March 2015
*****
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Toronto

David Alden's edgy Lucia di Lammermoor triumphs in Toronto

By , 17 April 2013
*****
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San Francisco

Nixon in China reaches San Francisco

By , 17 June 2012
***11
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Chicago

A Dark and Stormy Night at the Lyric Opera of Chicago

By , 22 October 2011
***11
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Elza van den Heever (Ellen Orford) und Stephen Gould (Peter Grimes) © Michael Pöhn | Wiener Staatsoper
Vienna

„May god have mercy upon me“: Peter Grimes an der Wiener Staatsoper

By , 13 December 2016
***11
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© Oper Frankfurt / Barbara Aumüller
Vienna

Schlimmeres fürchten als den Tod: Weinbergs Die Passagierin bei den Wiener Festwochen

By , 19 May 2016
****1
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