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Elgan Llŷr Thomas (Johnny Inkslinger) © Lloyd Winters
London

Singing animals, heroic lumberjacks, pure melody and riotous entertainment in ENO's Paul Bunyan

By , 09 May 2019
****1
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Björn Bürger (Billy Budd) © Barbara Aumüller
Frankfurt am Main

Indomitable: Billy Budd in Frankfurt

By , 25 May 2018
*****
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ENO Chorus © Clive Barda/ArenaPAL
London

A colourful, exuberant riot: Iolanthe at English National Opera

By , 13 February 2018
****1
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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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Stuart Skelton (Peter Grimes) © Thor Brødreskift
Bergen

Psychologically splintered: Stuart Skelton leads a stellar Peter Grimes in Bergen

By , 30 May 2017
*****
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Elizabeth Reiter (Anne Trulove) © Barbara Aumüller
Frankfurt am Main

On the Rake: Stravinsky at Oper Frankfurt

By , 31 March 2017
****1
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Nicholas Pallesen (Rigoletto) and Nicholas Folwell (Monterone) © Alastair Muir
London

Miller's Rigoletto makes a flawed return to English National Opera

By , 02 February 2017
***11
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Victoria Simmonds (Angelina) and Nico Darmanin (Ramiro) © Robert Workman
London

Vocal pyrotechnics and Rossinian laughs: La Cenerentola at Opera Holland Park

By , 14 July 2016
****1
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Christopher Turner (Macduff) and Eddie Wade (Macbeth) © Mitzi de Margary for Iford Arts Festival
Bradford on Avon

So foul and fair a day: Verdi's Macbeth at Iford

By , 11 June 2016
****1
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Andrew Shore (Dr Bartolo) and Barnaby Rea (Don Basilio) © Mike Hoban | ENO
London

Shore’s Bartolo shines in a Barber as frothy as Figaro’s shaving foam at ENO

By , 28 September 2015
***11
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High Wycombe

Love's not Time's fool: Intermezzo at Garsington

By , 06 June 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

"One that lov'd not wisely but too well": a visceral Otello at ENO

By , 13 September 2014
****1
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London

Musical grit mars a pearl of a production

By , 16 June 2014
**111
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London

Not for beginners: Christopher Alden's Rigoletto at ENO

By , 13 February 2014
****1
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Glasgow

Scottish Opera's sinister Venetian Don Giovanni suits the dark tale perfectly

By , 26 October 2013
***11
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London

Beguiling Britten: GSMD's A Midsummer Night's Dream

By , 28 February 2012
****1
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London

Die Lustigen Weiber von Windsor

By , 14 November 2011
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David DQ Lee (Mascha), Dmitry Egorov (Olga), Mikołaj Trąbka (Andrei) und Ray Chenez (Irina) © Monika Rittershaus
Frankfurt am Main

Lethargisch, komisch, ironisch: Peter Eötvös' Tri Sestri an der Oper Frankfurt

By , 09 September 2018
*****
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Frankfurt am Main

Verdi's Falstaff in Frankfurt: Heimspiel für Željko Lučić

By , 23 September 2016
****1
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