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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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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
****1
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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
**111
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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
**111
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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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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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"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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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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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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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
**111
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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
****1
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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
****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
****1
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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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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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London

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

By , 15 September 2015
****1
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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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London

Hitting the rocks: Damiano Michieletto's Guillaume Tell at Covent Garden

By , 29 June 2015
***11
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London

In praise of strong women: Holten's Don Giovanni returns to the Royal Opera

By , 16 June 2015
****1
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London

A vocally strong send off for Copley's La bohème

By , 23 May 2015
****1
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London

Marina Rebeka: a Violetta in robust health in Covent Garden's Traviata

By , 18 May 2015
***11
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London

Exploring the inner levels of the mind: Szymanowski's Król Roger at the Royal Opera

By , 01 May 2015
****1
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London

Kurzak and Pidò inspire a rumbustious Turco in Italia in Caurier and Leiser's Dolce Vita production

By , 11 April 2015
****1
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London

Clattering cherry blossom: solid revival of Madama Butterfly at Covent Garden

By , 20 March 2015
***11
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London

A heaven of hell, a hell of heaven: Brecht and Weill's Rise and Fall of the City of Mahagonny

By , 10 March 2015
****1
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London

Strongly cast revival of McVicar’s Enlightenment production of Die Zauberflöte at Covent Garden

By , 23 February 2015
****1
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London

Drab Dutchman at Covent Garden only partially redeemed by singers

By , 05 February 2015
***11
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London

Stemme and Gould light up Tristan und Isolde at the Royal Opera

By , 05 December 2014
*****
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London

Grigolo’s Nemorino intoxicates Covent Garden in L’elisir d’amore

By , 18 November 2014
***11
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London

Martin Kušej's Idomeneo cast as gripping political power struggle

By , 03 November 2014
****1
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London

Slapstick fun and stylish singing in the Royal Opera’s revival of Il barbiere di Siviglia

By , 19 September 2014
****1
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London

A Royal Opera Rigoletto desperately in need of a shot of espresso

By , 12 September 2014
**111
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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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London

40 years young: John Copley's La bohème at the Royal Opera

By , 09 July 2014
****1
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London

Prom 20: Götterdämmerung concludes a Ring for the ages

By , 28 July 2013
*****
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London

Prom 11: Les Troyens

By , 22 July 2012
****1
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Birmingham

Pappano's triumphant Royal Opera House Meistersinger in Birmingham

By , 11 January 2012
*****
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