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Roderick Williams (Papageno) and Siobhan Stagg (Pamina) © ROH | Tristram Kenton
London

Roderick Williams’ charming birdcatcher leads a spirited revival of The Magic Flute at Covent Garden

By , 14 September 2017
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Nicole Car (Mimì) and Mariusz Kwiecień (Marcello) © ROH | Catherine Ashmore
London

No moonlight, no magic: Richard Jones directs a vanilla Bohème for the Royal Opera

By , 11 September 2017
***11
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Michel de Souza (Ping), Pavel Petrov (Pong), Hibla Gerzmava (Liù) and Aled Hall (Pang) © Tristram Kenton | ROH
London

Spectacular riddles: Serban's Turandot returns to Covent Garden

By , 05 July 2017
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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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Jonas Kaufmann (Otello) © ROH | Catherine Ashmore
London

A bronze-toned lion of Venice: Kaufmann debuts as Otello at Covent Garden

By , 21 June 2017
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Ekaterina Bakanova (Violetta) © ROH | Tristram Kenton
London

Ekaterina Bakanova a touchingly fragile Violetta in Covent Garden Traviata

By , 14 June 2017
***11
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Pretty Yende (Adina), Liparit Avetisyan (Nemorino) and Paolo Bordogna (Belcore) © ROH | Bill Cooper
London

Giant haystacks: Pelly's sunny L'elisir d'amore romps back to Covent Garden

By , 27 May 2017
****1
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Bryan Hymel (Don Carlo) © ROH | Catherine Ashmore
London

Royal Opera's Don Carlo revival fails to completely catch fire

By , 12 May 2017
***11
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Sophie Bevan, Ed Lyon © ROH | Clive Barda
London

The indiscreet charmlessness of the bourgeoisie: Adès brings The Exterminating Angel to opera

By , 24 April 2017
****1
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Ermonela Jaho (Cio-Cio San) © ROH | Bill Cooper
London

Broken wings: Ermonela Jaho a devastating Madama Butterfly at Covent Garden

By , 27 March 2017
****1
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Sir Bryn Terfel (Hans Sachs) © ROH | Clive Barda
London

Excellent in parts: Kaspar Holten's new Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg at Covent Garden

By , 11 March 2017
***11
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© Catherine Ashmore | ROH
London

Gerald Finley's exquisite melancholy suffuses Covent Garden's Adriana Lecouvreur

By , 07 February 2017
***11
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Anita Rachvelishvili (Azucena) © ROH | Catherine Ashmore
London

Anita Rachvelishvili takes the honours in Covent Garden's Il trovatore

By , 31 January 2017
***11
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Sergei Romanovsky (Alfredo) and Joyce El-Khoury (Violetta) © ROH | Tristram Kenton
London

La traviata at Covent Garden: imperfect but enjoyable

By , 16 January 2017
***11
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Barbara Hannigan as Agnès, Iestyn Davies as the Boy © ROH | Stephen Cummiskey
London

A grisly love triangle: Written on Skin returns to Covent Garden

By , 13 January 2017
****1
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Matthew Rose (Baron Ochs) and Renée Fleming (The Marschallin) © ROH | Catherine Ashmore
London

Stop all the clocks: Renée Fleming's valedictory Marschallin at the Royal Opera

By , 17 December 2016
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Najmiddin Mavlyanov (Manrico) and Maria Agresta (Leonora) © ROH | Catherine Ashmore
London

Comic strip Trovatore a damp squib at the Royal Opera

By , 04 December 2016
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Aleksandrs Antonenko (Chevalier des Grieux) and Sondra Radvanovsky (Manon Lescaut) © ROH | Bill Cooper
London

Jonathan Kent's Manon Lescaut at Covent Garden: hard hitting staging, musically mixed

By , 22 November 2016
***11
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Christine Rice (Giulietta) and Thomas Hampson (Dappertutto) © ROH | Catherine Ashmore
London

A final outing for the Royal Opera's lavish but fusty Tales of Hoffmann

By , 07 November 2016
***11
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Martin Winkler (Platon Kuzmich Kovalyov) © ROH | Bill Cooper
London

Vaudeville. Nasality. Shostakovich. Kosky.

By , 20 October 2016
*****
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Così fan tutte © ROH | Stephen Cummiskey
London

Well sung but charmless: the Royal Opera's new Così fan tutte

By , 22 September 2016
**111
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Vito Priante (Figaro) and Daniela Mack (Rosina) © ROH | Mark Douet
London

A soufflé that fails to rise: Rossini’s Barber falls flat at Covent Garden

By , 13 September 2016
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Sonya Yoncheva (Norma) © ROH | Bill Cooper
London

Burning like fire: Sonya Yoncheva's Norma scorches Covent Garden

By , 12 September 2016
****1
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Scene from Eugene Onegin © ROH | Clive Barda
London

Bright singing, grim staging: the JPYA Summer Performance at Covent Garden

By , 17 July 2016
***11
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"Di due figli": Maurizio Muraro as Ferrando and chorus © ROH / Clive Barda
London

Love, fire and death on the Eastern Front: Royal Opera's new Il trovatore

By , 02 July 2016
***11
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Vittorio Grigolo (Werther) and Joyce DiDonato (Charlotte) © ROH | Bill Cooper
London

Grigolo and DiDonato light up the Royal Opera's Werther

By , 19 June 2016
***11
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Plácido Domingo as Nabucco © ROH / Catherine Ashmore
London

Clear singing, obscure production: Domingo and Monastyrska in Nabucco

By , 06 June 2016
***11
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Susanna Hurrell, Emily Edmonds, Gweneth-Ann Jeffers and Lucy Schaufer © ROH | Stephen Cummiskey
London

Powerful and assured: 4.48 Psychosis at the Lyric Hammersmith

By , 24 May 2016
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Hubert Francis (Laïos), Nicolas Courjal (Theban High Priest) and Sarah Connolly (Jocaste) © ROH | Clive Barda
London

Visually spectacular, musically even more so: Enescu's Oedipe at the Royal Opera

By , 23 May 2016
*****
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Aleksandra Kurzak (Lucia) and Rachael Lloyd (Alisa) © ROH | Stephen Cummiskey
London

Returning to the crime scene: fresh blood improves Royal Opera's Lucia di Lammermoor

By , 11 May 2016
****1
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Peter Seiffert (Tannhäuser) and Sophie Koch (Venus) © ROH | Clive Barda
London

Downhill from Venusberg: a bland Tannhäuser revived at Covent Garden

By , 26 April 2016
***11
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Diana Damrau (Lucia) and Charles Castronovo (Edgardo) © ROH | Stephen Cummiskey
London

Flawed and floored: Katie Mitchell delivers a powerful Lucia at Covent Garden

By , 07 April 2016
***11
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Benedict Nelson (Algernon Moncrieff) and Claudia Boyle (Cecily Cardew) © ROH | Stephen Cummiskey
London

Wilde life: The Importance of Being Earnest, the opera

By , 29 March 2016
*****
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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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Lucio Gallo (Gianni Schicchi) and Susanna Hurrell (Lauretta) © Bill Cooper | ROH
London

Jaho and Larsson break hearts, Gallo and Hurrell mend them in The Royal Opera's Trittico

By , 25 February 2016
****1
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Chris Addison (Smith) and Kate Lindsey (Lazuli) © ROH | Bill Cooper
London

L'Étoile proves a disappointingly flat foray into opéra-bouffe for the Royal Opera

By , 01 February 2016
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Luca Salsi (Germont) and Venera Gimadieva (Violetta) © ROH | Tristram Kenton
London

A Traviata to blow away the cobwebs at The Royal Opera

By , 16 January 2016
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Amanda Echalaz (Tosca) and Roberto Frontali (Scarpia) © ROH | Catherine Ashmore
London

Firing blanks: a disappointing Tosca at Covent Garden

By , 11 January 2016
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Emily Ranford and Nicole Car (Tatyana) © ROH | Bill Cooper
London

Seeing double: Kasper Holten’s Eugene Onegin returns to Covent Garden

By , 19 December 2015
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Tai Oney (Hamlet) and Lauren Fagan (Lila) © ROH | Alastair Muir
London

Sophisticated Christmas sparkle: The Firework-Maker's Daughter at the Royal Opera House

By , 10 December 2015
****1
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Carmen Giannattasio (Nedda) © ROH | Catherine Ashmore
London

Passion Plays: Michieletto’s interwoven Cavalleria rusticana and Pagliacci

By , 03 December 2015
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Klaus Maria Brandauer (Olai) © ROH | Clive Barda
London

Morgen und Abend: Haas' new opera an atmospheric meditation on birth and death

By , 13 November 2015
****1
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Graeme Broadbent (Pluto) © ROH | Shakespeare's Globe | Stephen Cummiskey
London

The cradle of French Grand Opera: Rossi's Orpheus at the Sam Wanamaker

By , 23 October 2015
***11
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Samuel Sakker (First Officer) and Yuriy Yurchuk (Second Officer) © ROH | Clive Barda
London

Cabin pressure rising: Maxwell Davies' The Lighthouse at the Linbury

By , 22 October 2015
****1
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Bryan Hymel as Don José, Elena Maximova as Carmen
London

A workmanlike Carmen at the Royal Opera

By , 19 October 2015
***11
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Jane Archibald (Zerbinetta) and Karita Mattila (Prima donna) © Catherine Ashmore | ROH
London

Karita Mattila a peerless Ariadne at the Royal Opera

By , 10 October 2015
***11
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London

The One with Figaro’s Wedding: a deftly directed revival at Covent Garden

By , 15 September 2015
****1
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London

Minimalist complexity: Flórez lights up Orphée et Eurydice at Covent Garden

By , 14 September 2015
****1
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London

Betrothal and Betrayal in JPYA's end of term performance at the Royal Opera

By , 18 July 2015
***11
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London

A second helping for Carsen’s delicious Falstaff at the Royal Opera

By , 06 July 2015
*****
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