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Mick Morris Mehnert and David Butt Philip (Der Zwerg) © Monika Ritterhaus
Berlin

Zemlinsky takes centre stage in Deutsche Oper’s Der Zwerg

By , 24 March 2019
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Rachel Kelly © Gerard Collett
Manchester

A steller Damnation de Faust in Manchester

By , 10 February 2019
*****
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Greer Grimsley (Wotan) and Sophie Bevan (Freia) © Javier del Real | Teatro Real
Madrid

A pale Rheingold begins Teatro Real's revival of Carsen’s Ring

By , 19 January 2019
***11
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Roderick Williams and David Butt Philip © Richard Hubert Smith
London

Inspiration eludes Kramer in Britten's War Requiem at English National Opera

By , 16 November 2018
***11
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Anne Sophie Duprels (Isabeau) © Ali Wright
London

Mascagni's Isabeau at Opera Holland Park

By , 14 July 2018
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John Daszak (Herod) and Malin Byström (Salome) © ROH | Clive Barda
London

The Beauty is the Beast: Malin Byström sings a chilling Salome

By , 08 January 2018
****1
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Sir Simon Rattle © Doug Peters | PA Wire
London

Big city alienation and love in the LSO's Bernstein 100 season

By , 16 December 2017
****1
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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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Kirill Karabits © Denis Manokha
London

Prom 30: Innovation, fantasy and Old Testament excess from Bournemouth

By , 07 August 2017
****1
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Stephanie Blythe, Thomas Mayer, Andris Nelsons and the Boston Symphony © Hilary Scott
Lenox

One Rheingold to rule them all: the Boston Symphony and Andris Nelsons at Tanglewood

By , 15 July 2017
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John Tomlinson (Ghost), Allan Clayton (Hamlet) © Richard Hubert Smith
Glyndebourne

Shakespeare boldly adapted by Brett Dean: Hamlet at Glyndebourne

By , 11 June 2017
****1
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Kashuzi Ono © Stofleth
London

The revolutionary spirit tamed: the LPO in Lindberg and Beethoven

By , 06 May 2017
***11
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Sir Mark Elder © Benjamin Ealovega
Manchester

In the blood: Elder conducts the Hallé in The Dream Of Gerontius in Manchester

By , 12 March 2017
****1
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Iain Paterson © Maximilian Van London
Manchester

A 24-carat Rheingold as the Hallé continues its Ring quest

By , 27 November 2016
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Ivan Inverardi (Michele) © Tristram Kenton
Leeds

Brilliant Il tabarro and Suor Angelica complete Opera North's Puccini triptych

By , 01 October 2016
****1
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Albina Shagimuratova © BBC | Chris Christodoulou
London

Prom 68: A feast of Rossini as Albina Shagimuratova shines in Semiramide

By , 04 September 2016
****1
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Bryn Terfel (Boris Godunov) © BBC | Chris Christodoulou
London

Prom 2: Royal Opera's spine-tingling Boris Godunov transfers to the Proms

By , 16 July 2016
****1
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Rena Harms (Cio-Cio San) and Sorrow © Tom Bowles
London

Flawed casting in Minghella's widescreen Butterfly at ENO

By , 16 May 2016
***11
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Ain Anger (Pimen) and Bryn Terfel (Boris Godunov) © ROH | Catherine Ashmore
London

Boris Godunov at the Royal Opera: competent, but missing the mark

By , 14 March 2016
***11
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David Butt Philip (Laca Klemeň) and Ylva Kihlberg (Jenůfa) © Richard Hubert Smith
Leeds

Opera North's captivating Jenůfa

By , 22 October 2015
****1
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Mussorgsky © Ilya Repin
Port Isaac

Boris Godunov with a star British cast wows St Endellion

By , 07 August 2015
*****
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London

Simple and emotive: English Touring Opera’s La bohème at Hackney Empire

By , 13 March 2015
****1
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London

Jonathan Miller's La bohème returns to ENO

By , 29 October 2014
***11
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London

Impressive end of term report card for the Jette Parker Young Artists

By , 20 July 2014
****1
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London

Naxos capitulates, Mattila’s Ariadne reigns

By , 25 June 2014
****1
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London

A mixed bag from the Jette Parker Young Artists at the Royal Opera House

By , 30 June 2013
***11
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