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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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Nicole Cabell (Bess), Eric Greene (Porgy) © Tristram Kenton
London

With John Wilson, Gershwin's music is the winner at ENO's Porgy and Bess

By , 11 October 2018
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Daniel Brenna (Siegfried), Stacey Tappan, Renée Tatum and Lauren McNeese (Rhinemaidens) © Cory Weaver | San Francisco Opera
San Francisco

The San Francisco Ring: Episode IV – A New Hope

By , 24 June 2018
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Daniel Brenna (Siegfried) © Cory Weaver | San Francisco Opera
San Francisco

A gritty Siegfried continues the San Francisco Opera Ring

By , 22 June 2018
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Iréne Theorin (Brünnhilde) and her Valkyrie sisters © Cory Weaver | San Francisco Opera
San Francisco

Valkyries parachute into San Francisco

By , 20 June 2018
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Falk Struckmann (Alberich) and Greer Grimsley (Wotan) © Cory Weaver | San Francisco Opera
San Francisco

A strong start for San Francisco Opera's Ring

By , 19 June 2018
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Gordon Hawkins (Amonasro) and Leah Crocetto (Aida) © Philip Newton
Seattle

A visually stunning Aida at Seattle Opera

By , 05 May 2018
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Ailyn Pérez (Juliette) and Andrea Shin (Roméo) © Ken Howard | Metropolitan Opera
New York City

An unexpected Met debut in Roméo et Juliette

By , 23 April 2018
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Corinne Winters (Violetta) © Jeff Busby
Melbourne

Opera Australia's beautiful La traviata returns to Melbourne

By , 17 April 2018
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Quinn Kelsey (Rigoletto) and Matthew Polenzani (Duke of Mantua) © Todd Rosenberg
Chicago

Surrealist Rigoletto at the Lyric impresses with vocal talent

By , 07 October 2017
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Vittorio Grigòlo (Hoffmann) © Marty Sohl | Metropolitan Opera
New York City

Grigòlo stars as Debus leads thrilling Hoffmann at The Met

By , 26 September 2017
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Quinn Kelsey (Rigoletto) and Nino Machaidze (Gilda) © Cory Weaver | San Francisco Opera
San Francisco

Quinn Kelsey excels as Rigoletto in San Francisco

By , 31 May 2017
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Diana Damrau (Juliette) and Vittorio Grigòlo (Roméo) © Ken Howard | Metropolitan Opera
New York City

Star turns in Met's new Roméo et Juliette

By , 04 January 2017
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David Kempster (Tonio) and Gwyn Hughes Jones (Canio) © Bill Cooper
Cardiff

Cav & Pag: a nostalgia trip for Welsh National Opera

By , 29 May 2016
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Eric Halfvarson (Hagen) © Scott Suchman
Washington

Twilight of the Gods gives way to an American dawn

By , 06 May 2016
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David Cangelosi (Mime) © Scott Suchman
Washington

Holding a mirror up to Nature: Zambello’s Siegfried

By , 04 May 2016
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Meagan Miller (Sieglinde) and Christopher Ventris (Siegmund) © Scott Suchman
Washington

Nature’s bonfire burns on: Zambello’s Die Walküre in Washington

By , 02 May 2016
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Alan Held, Elizabeth Bishop, Richard Cox, Melody Moore, Ryan McKinny © Scott Suchman for WNO
Washington

Manifest destiny and doom: Francesca Zambello’s All-American Ring

By , 30 April 2016
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Vittorio Grigolo (Nemorino) and Aleksandra Kurzak (Adina) © Marty Sohl | Metropolitan Opera
New York City

Grigolo wins the girl and the evening in Met's L’elisir d'amore

By , 14 March 2016
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Joseph Calleja (Roméo) and Susanna Phillips (Juliette) © Todd Rosenberg
Chicago

The warmth of tragedy: Roméo et Juliette at the Lyric

By , 22 February 2016
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Paolo Bordogna as Figaro © Keith Saunders
Sydney

Laughs aplenty in Rossini’s Barber at the Sydney Opera House

By , 28 January 2016
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Dmitry Belosselskiy (Zaccaria) © Cory Weaver
Chicago

A strongly cast Nabucco opens at Lyric Opera of Chicago

By , 23 January 2016
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Clémentine Margaine (Carmen) and Michael Todd Simpson (Escamillo) © Scott Suchman
Washington

Dance and Song are wed in Washington's Carmen

By , 19 September 2015
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Vitaliy Bilyy (Miller) and Leah Crocetto (Luisa Miller) © Cory Weaver | San Francisco Opera
San Francisco

San Francisco Opera season opener: a stellar cast carries a dull staging of Luisa Miller

By , 11 September 2015
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Lorina Gore (Violetta) and José Carbó (Giorgio Germont) © Branco Gaica
Sydney

Plush costumes and lavish sets make up for musical shortfalls in Opera Australia’s La traviata

By , 09 July 2015
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Laurent Naouri (Lindorf) and Matthew Polenzani (Hoffmann) © Cory Weaver | Metropolitan Opera
New York City

A new cast impresses in the Metropolitan Opera's Tales of Hoffmann

By , 11 March 2015
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Hibla Gerzmava (Antonia) and Thomas Hampson (Dr Miracle) © Marty Sohl | Metropolitan Opera
New York City

The eternal optimist: Grigolo’s Hoffmann at The Met is simply spectacular

By , 12 January 2015
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Maurizio Muraro (Dr Bartolo) and Isabel Leonard (Rosina) © Ken Howard | Metropolitan Opera
New York City

Metropolitan Opera's Barber of Seville bubbles with coloratura and camp

By , 18 November 2014
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Brandon Jovanovich (Sam) and Patricia Racette (Susannah) © Cory Weaver | San Francisco Opera
San Francisco

A thoughtful Susannah from San Francisco Opera which raises important questions

By , 06 September 2014
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©  Clive Barda / ROH
London

Simon Boccanegra at the Royal Opera

By , 27 June 2013
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Johan Botha and Falk Struckmann in Otello  ©  Ken Howard / Metropolitan Opera
New York City

The Met's Otello in the cinema

By , 27 October 2012
***11
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