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Amanda Majeski (Katya) © ROH | Clive Barda
London

Two great Royal Opera debuts aren't enough to lift a Katya Kabanova lacking in drama

By , 04 February 2019
***11
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Ashley Riches and Louise Alder © BBC | Jamie Simonds
London

The Silver Tassie makes a triumphant return

By , 10 November 2018
*****
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Allison Cook (Salome) © Catherine Ashmore
London

Flogging a dead horse: a new Salome at English National Opera

By , 28 September 2018
**111
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George Benjamin and the London Sinfonietta © BBC/Chris Christodoulou
London

Restless commemoration from George Benjamin and the London Sinfonietta

By , 21 July 2018
*****
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Alice Poggio (Skater) © Johan Persson
High Wycombe

Shivers up and down the spine: David Sawer's The Skating Rink at Garsington

By , 05 July 2018
*****
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Michael Mayes (Joseph de Rocher) © Mark Allan | Barbican
London

Crime, punishment, forgiveness, redemption: Dead Man Walking finally reaches London

By , 20 February 2018
*****
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The Return of Ulysses © ROH & Roundhouse | Stephen Cummiskey
London

Monteverdi on a doughnut: A drab Return of Ulysses fails to thrill the Roundhouse

By , 10 January 2018
**111
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Curtain call of Peter Grimes © Beth Chalmers
Edinburgh

Edward Gardner and the Bergen Phil storm the Edinburgh Festival with a powerful Peter Grimes

By , 13 August 2017
****1
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Natalya Romaniw © Michael Whitefoot
Worcester

Frank Beermann and the Philharmonia bring mischief and melancholia to the Three Choirs Festival

By , 26 July 2017
****1
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Andrea Carroll (Mélisande) and Jonathan McGovern (Pelléas) © Clive Barda
High Wycombe

Light and shade: Garsington Opera’s Pelléas et Mélisande at Wormsley

By , 18 June 2017
****1
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Timothy Robinson (Camillo) and Iain Paterson (Leontes) © Johan Persson
London

“A sad tale’s best for winter”: Wigglesworth's Shakespeare full of eloquent clarity at the Coliseum

By , 27 February 2017
****1
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Roderick Williams (Christ) © BBC | Alex Woodward
Glasgow

Food for thought in Sir Harrison Birtwistle’s The Last Supper

By , 14 January 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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Martin Winkler (Platon Kuzmich Kovalyov) © ROH | Bill Cooper
London

Vaudeville. Nasality. Shostakovich. Kosky.

By , 20 October 2016
*****
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Mark Wigglesworth © The Proms - Chris Christodoulou
London

Prom 11: Wagner and Tippett make an effective pairing

By , 23 July 2016
****1
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Gyula Orendt (Almaviva), Rosa Feola (Susanna) © Robbie Jack
Glyndebourne

Every detail finely tuned in Glyndebourne's Le nozze di Figaro

By , 03 July 2016
*****
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Anna Devin (Susanna) and David Stout (Figaro) © Richard Hubert Smith
Cardiff

Strong performances in WNO's Marriage of Figaro

By , 20 February 2016
***11
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Juanjo Mena © Sussie Ahlburg
Manchester

Juanjo Mena and the BBC Philharmonic embark on an “American Adventure”

By , 04 December 2015
****1
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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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Gidon Saks © Johan Persson
Edinburgh

Too good to be true: A very fine Rakes Progress at the Edinburgh International Festival

By , 12 August 2015
****1
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Madeleine Pierard
Buxton

Terrific Louise from Madeleine Pierard in Gustave Charpentier's opera at the Buxton Festival

By , 16 July 2015
***11
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London

The power of love: Between Worlds at the Barbican

By , 11 April 2015
*****
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London

Monteverdi's L'Orfeo: The Royal Opera goes Shakespearean at the Roundhouse

By , 13 January 2015
****1
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Dallas

Murder, incest, and…comedy? Playing Salome for laughs in Dallas

By , 08 November 2014
***11
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London

ROH comeback for Anna Nicole, but do shock tactics dull with repetition?

By , 11 September 2014
***11
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Leeds

The finale of Opera North's Ring is brilliantly successful

By , 14 June 2014
*****
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London

Two wins out of three: Julian Anderson's Thebans at ENO

By , 03 May 2014
***11
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London

A disappointing Rodelinda at the English National Opera

By , 28 February 2014
**111
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New York City

Boob jobs and blowjobs at BAM: Anna Nicole, the opera

By , 17 September 2013
****1
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London

Prom 31: BBC Philharmonic and John Storgårds play coronation music, Bruch and Korngold

By , 06 August 2013
****1
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High Wycombe

An enchanting Hänsel und Gretel at Garsington Opera

By , 23 June 2013
****1
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Cardiff

A new Lohengrin at Welsh National Opera

By , 26 May 2013
****1
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London

New wine in old bottles: Fretwork at the Royal College of Music

By , 13 November 2012
**111
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London

Jubilant celebrations of Purcell in Wimbledon

By , 10 November 2012
*****
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London

Knussen's Sendak operas at the Barbican

By , 03 November 2012
****1
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Los Angeles

Dudamel and the LA Phil take Disney Hall Where the Wild Things Are

By , 11 October 2012
****1
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Manchester

Hallé and Sir Mark Elder: Die Walküre

By , 16 July 2011
*****
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Manchester

Die Walküre in concert

By , 15 July 2011
*****
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London

Two Boys, ENO

By , 27 June 2011
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London

Anna Nicole

By , 04 March 2011
*****
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