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Ben Johnson (Tamino) © Bill Cooper
Cardiff

Bowler hats and lobsters: WNO's surreal Magic Flute returns

By , 17 February 2019
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Alex Esposito © Bettina Stöß
Berlin

A Mixed Evening at Deutsche Oper Berlin's new Les Contes d'Hoffmann

By , 15 December 2018
***11
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Edward Gardner © Benjamin Ealovega
Manchester

Gardner's Zarathustra and the Glagolitic Mass impress in Manchester

By , 11 October 2018
****1
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Lauren Michelle (Natasha) and Jonathan McGovern (Prince Andrei) © Clive Barda
Cardiff

Ferocious intensity: David Pountney's new War and Peace at Welsh National Opera

By , 15 September 2018
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Lars Vogt © Giorgia Bertazzi
Gateshead

A self-confident Beethoven 9 from Lars Vogt and Royal Northern Sinfonia

By , 09 June 2018
***11
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Natalya Romaniw (Tatyana) © James Glossop
Glasgow

Natalya Romaniw thrills in Scottish Opera’s epic Eugene Onegin

By , 03 May 2018
****1
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Elizabeth Atherton (Donna Elvira) and John Savournin (Leporello) © Bill Cooper
Leeds

Funny blends with sinister: witty Don Giovanni revival at Opera North

By , 21 February 2018
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Scottish Opera Chorus © Jane Hobson
Glasgow

Safe and simple pleasures from Scottish Opera's La traviata

By , 19 October 2017
****1
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Malin Byström (Salome) © BAUS
Amsterdam

Beautiful role debut for Malin Byström in Amsterdam Salome

By , 09 June 2017
****1
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Jiří Bělohlávek © Lloyd Smith
London

After an imperfect start, Dvořák’s Requiem catches fire at the Barbican

By , 13 April 2017
***11
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Michael Volle (Hans Sachs) © Marco Brescia & Rudy Amisano | Teatro alla Scala
Milan

A glorious Meistersinger from Harry Kupfer at La Scala

By , 19 March 2017
****1
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Albina Shagimuratova © BBC | Chris Christodoulou
London

Prom 68: A feast of Rossini as Albina Shagimuratova shines in Semiramide

By , 04 September 2016
****1
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© BBC / Chris Christodoulou
London

Neither small nor solemn: Rossini's Petite Messe Solennelle at the Proms in Greenwich

By , 06 August 2016
****1
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Scene from Eugene Onegin © ROH | Clive Barda
London

Bright singing, grim staging: the JPYA Summer Performance at Covent Garden

By , 17 July 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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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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Jane Archibald (Zerbinetta) and Karita Mattila (Prima donna) © Catherine Ashmore | ROH
London

Karita Mattila a peerless Ariadne at the Royal Opera

By , 10 October 2015
***11
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Excerpt from Adriana Lecouvreur © Clive Barda
London

Betrothal and Betrayal in JPYA's end of term performance at the Royal Opera

By , 18 July 2015
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Marina Rebeka (Violetta) © Catherine Ashmore | ROH
London

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

By , 18 May 2015
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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

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

By , 13 January 2015
****1
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London

Jette Parker Young Artists step up to deliver a vivacious Rossini Silken Ladder

By , 23 October 2014
****1
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London

High drama and hilarity: Mozart's Le Nozze di Figaro at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama

By , 28 February 2013
***11
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London

Martinů has the last laugh at the Guildhall

By , 01 November 2012
***11
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Marc Minkowski © Marco Borggreve
Dortmund

Eine Weihnachtsgeschichte mit Zwang zur Freude: Minkowskis Bach-Oratorium in Dortmund

By , 06 December 2017
****1
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Leonard Slatkin © Donald Dietz
Lyon

Solistes de choix, choristes en voix : un Requiem belcantiste aux mille facettes

By , 23 September 2016
****1
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