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Yusuf Eyvasov (Don Alvaro) © ROH | Bill Cooper
London

La forza dei Cristofori: Loy and Maltman raise hell at Covent Garden

By , 17 April 2019
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Mandy Fredrich © Eellen Schmaus
London

Faust finds salvation thanks to jump-in soprano at the Royal Opera

By , 11 April 2019
****1
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Matthew Ball (Romeo) and Lauren Cuthbertson (Juliet) © ROH | Helen Maybanks
London

Sweet sorrow: Matthew Ball and Lauren Cuthbertson dance a heart-rending Romeo and Juliet

By , 26 March 2019
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Jonas Kaufmann (Don Alvaro) and Anna Netrebko (Leonora) © ROH | Bill Cooper
London

Outrageous fortune: stellar opening night for La forza del destino at Covent Garden

By , 21 March 2019
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Artists of the Royal Ballet in Frankenstein © ROH, 2019 | Andrej Uspenski
London

Liam Scarlett's Frankenstein is back at The Royal Ballet

By , 05 March 2019
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Serena Malfi (Dorabella) © ROH | Stephen Cummiskey
London

There's no disguising it: duplicity and deceit as Così fan tutte returns to the Royal Opera

By , 25 February 2019
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Marianela Núñez (Kitri) and Vadim Muntagirov (Basilio) © ROH | Andrej Uspenski
London

Núñez and Muntagirov light up Don Quixote

By , 15 February 2019
***11
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Anita Rachvelishvili © Dario Acosta
London

In the limelight: the ROH Orchestra gets to shine on stage

By , 08 February 2019
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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
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Angel Blue (Violetta Valéry) © ROH | Catherine Ashmore
London

Blue is the new Violet: an outstanding Traviata debut

By , 24 January 2019
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Reece Clarke and Beatriz Stix Brunell in Ashton's The Two Pigeons © ROH, 2019 | Bill Cooper
London

Asphodel Meadows/ The Two Pigeons, a beautiful pairing of Royal Ballet repertoire

By , 19 January 2019
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Ermonela Jaho (Violetta) © ROH | Catherine Ashmore
London

Ermonela Jaho makes a haunting return to Covent Garden’s Traviata

By , 14 January 2019
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Vladimir Stoyanov (Yeletsky / Tchaikovsky) © ROH | Catherine Ashmore
London

A tale of many Tchaikovskys: Herheim's The Queen of Spades at the Royal Opera

By , 13 January 2019
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Artists of the Royal Ballet in Ashton's Les Patineurs © Alice Pennefather | ROH, 2018
London

A winter triple bill at The Royal Ballet: Les Patineurs/Winter Dreams/The Concert

By , 18 December 2018
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Hanna Hipp (Hänsel), Jennifer Davis (Gretel) © ROH | Clive Barda
London

A classic fairytale executed with style: Hänsel und Gretel at the Royal Opera

By , 13 December 2018
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Gary Avis (Drosselmeyer) © ROH | Bill Cooper (2013)
London

Sugar and spice: The Nutcracker returns to launch the festive season

By , 03 December 2018
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Gaëlle Arquez (Carmen) © ROH | Bill Cooper
London

Royal Opera Carmen: slicker, but still a mountain to climb

By , 30 November 2018
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The Unknown Soldier © ROH | Helen Maybanks
London

Alastair Marriott's The Unknown Soldier is a poignant tribute

By , 22 November 2018
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Carlos Álvarez (Boccanegra) © ROH | Clive Barda
London

Political intrigues at the Royal Opera as Simon Boccanegra returns

By , 15 November 2018
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Marianela Nuñez (Nikiya) in La bayadère © Bill Cooper | ROH, 2018
London

Marianela Nuñez shines in a star-studded, polished Bayadère at the Royal Ballet

By , 01 November 2018
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Sir Antonio Pappano © ROH | David Bebber
London

A powerful performance of Verdi's Requiem from Pappano at the Royal Opera House

By , 23 October 2018
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Natalia Osipova (Mary Vetsera) and Ryoichi Hirano (Rudolf) in Mayerling © ROH, 2018 | Helen Maybanks
London

The Royal Ballet opens the new season with Mayerling

By , 08 October 2018
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Stephen Milling (Hagen) © ROH 2018 | Bill Cooper
London

Milling’s powerful Hagen drives a dramatic Royal Opera Götterdämmerung

By , 01 October 2018
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Stefan Vinke (Siegfried), Gerhard Siegel (Mime) © ROH 2018 | Bill Cooper
London

A fantastic tale, an outstanding cast: Siegfried at the Royal Opera

By , 29 September 2018
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Stuart Skelton (Siegmund) © ROH | Bill Cooper
London

Skelton and Anger set the scene for Stemme in Covent Garden's superb Walküre

By , 26 September 2018
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Lauren Fagan, Angela Simkin, Christina Bock, Johannes Martin Kränzle © ROH 2018 | Bill Cooper
London

The assault on Valhalla begins: Das Rheingold at the Royal Opera

By , 24 September 2018
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Laurent Naouri © Russell Duncan and Opera Rara | ROH
London

Donizetti's L'Ange de Nisida shines at its belated world première

By , 18 July 2018
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Sir Bryn Terfel (Falstaff) and Rupert © ROH | Catherine Ashmore
London

Sir John in Love: the fat knight returns to Covent Garden

By , 10 July 2018
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Mariusz Kwiecień (Don Giovanni) and Hrachuhí Bassénz (Donna Elvira) © ROH | Bill Cooper
London

Hell is oneself: Don Giovanni returns to the Royal Opera in heavenly form

By , 29 June 2018
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Maria Agresta (Mimì), Matthew Polenzani (Rodolfo) in Act 4 © ROH | Catherine Ashmore
London

La bohème at the Royal Opera: a simple tragedy, heart-rendingly told

By , 16 June 2018
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Jennifer Davis (Elsa) and Klaus Florian Vogt (Lohengrin) © ROH | Clive Barda
London

Swan cruise: Nelsons navigates a musically impressive Lohengrin at Covent Garden

By , 07 June 2018
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Marianela Núñez (Odette) © ROH | Bill Cooper
London

A keeper: Scarlett delivers a triumphant new Swan Lake for The Royal Ballet

By , 17 May 2018
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Barbara Hannigan (Isabel), Stéphane Degout (King), Gyula Orendt (Gaveston) © ROH | Stephen Cummiskey
London

Lessons in Love and Violence: icy beauty and dramatic tension

By , 10 May 2018
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Alessandra Ferri and Federico Bonelli in Marguerite and Armand © ROH | Tristam Kenton
London

“A seminal performance by a truly great ballerina”: Alessandra Ferri triumphs in uneven triple bill

By , 14 April 2018
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Brandon Jovanovich (Sergey), Eva-Maria Westbroek (Katerina) © ROH | Clive Barda
London

No muddle, just music: Pappano delivers an exceptional Lady Macbeth of Mtsensk

By , 12 April 2018
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C. Saunders (Monsieur GM), F. Hayward (Manon), A. Campbell (Lescaut) in Manon © Bill Cooper | ROH, 2018
London

Francesca Hayward shines in The Royal Ballet's revival of Manon

By , 29 March 2018
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Željko Lučić (Macbeth) and Anna Netrebko (Lady Macbeth) © ROH | Bill Cooper
London

Netrebko and Lučić in Macbeth: a Covent Garden masterclass in operatic villainy

By , 25 March 2018
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Sarah Lamb and Federico Bonelli in McGregor's Yugen © Andrej Uspenski | ROH, 2018
London

The Royal Ballet celebrates Bernstein with Yugen/The Age of Anxiety/Corybantic Games

By , 15 March 2018
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Johan Reuter (Šiškov) © ROH | Clive Barda
London

An oppressive, living hell: From the House of the Dead at Covent Garden

By , 07 March 2018
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Jacquelyn Stucker (Frasquita), Anna Goryachova (Carmen) and Aigul Akhmetashina (Mercédès) © ROH | Bill Cooper
London

Kosky's Carmen fails to light fires at Covent Garden

By , 14 February 2018
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Ryoichi Hirano (Leontes) and Lauren Cuthbertson (Hermione) © Tristram Kenton
London

A ballet for all seasons: Wheeldon’s The Winter’s Tale returns to Covent Garden

By , 13 February 2018
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Marianela Nuñez as Giselle © Helen Maybanks | ROH, 2018
London

An indelible performance of Giselle by the Royal Ballet

By , 19 January 2018
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Gerald Finley (Scarpia), Adrienne Pieczonka (Tosca) © ROH | Catherine Ashmore
London

Tosca at Covent Garden with Calleja, Finley and Pieczonka: promise as yet unfulfilled

By , 15 January 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
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Elena Zilio (Mamma Lucia) and Byran Hymel (Turiddu) © ROH | Catherine Ashmore
London

Elena Zilio leads the verismo thrills as Cav & Pag return to the Royal Opera

By , 06 January 2018
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Dimitri Platanias (Rigoletto) © ROH | Mark Douet
London

Dimitri Platanias stands out in a mixed Covent Garden Rigoletto

By , 14 December 2017
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Sarah Lamb (The Sugar Plum Fairy) in The Nutcracker © Karolina Kuras | ROH, 2017
London

A cloud of glitter: Sir Peter Wright's Nutcracker returns to The Royal Ballet

By , 05 December 2017
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Simon Keenlyside (Tonio), Bryan Hymel (Canio), Carmen Giannattasio (Nedda) © ROH | Catherine Ashmore
London

Evil under the sun: Hymel triumphs in Cav and Pag at Covent Garden

By , 02 December 2017
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Marianela Núñez (Sylvia) © ROH | Alice Pennefather
London

Marianela Núñez shines as Ashton's Sylvia makes a welcome return to The Royal Ballet

By , 23 November 2017
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Joyce DiDonato (Semiramide) © ROH | Bill Cooper
London

Joyce DiDonato leads the vocal pyrotechnics in a dazzling Semiramide at the Royal Opera

By , 19 November 2017
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