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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
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Vanessa Vince-Pang in The Rite of Spring © Tristram Kenton
Leeds

Last Rites: Puccini meets Stravinsky in Leeds

By , 16 February 2019
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Anna Netrebko (Adriana) © Ken Howard | Metropolitan Opera
New York City

Stars light up Cilea's humid potboiler at the Met

By , 08 January 2019
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Sarah Tynan (Lucia) © John Snelling
London

English National Opera revives Lucia di Lammermoor in chilling style

By , 25 October 2018
****1
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Javier Camarena (Edgardo) and Lisette Oropesa (Lucia) © Javier del Real | Teatro Real
Madrid

Camarena does it again: Lucia di Lammermoor at the Teatro Real

By , 25 June 2018
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Anita Rachvelishvili (Azucena) and Yonghoon Lee (Manrico) © Karen Almond | Metropolitan Opera
New York City

Exquisite musicianship in Met's revival of Il trovatore

By , 22 January 2018
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Wallis Giunta (Dinah) with Nicholas Butterfield, Fflur Wyn and Joseph Shovelton (The Trio) © Alastair Muir
Leeds

Destiny and South Sea escapes: Osud and Trouble in Tahiti from Opera North

By , 11 October 2017
***11
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Giselle Allen as Santuzza © Robert Workman
Leeds

Opera North presents stark contrasts with Cavalleria rusticana and Trial by Jury

By , 27 September 2017
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Peter Auty (Canio) and Elin Pritchard (Nedda) © Tristram Kenton
Leeds

Opera North's Little Greats: jealousy, murder and childhood fantasy

By , 16 September 2017
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© Catherine Ashmore | ROH
London

Gerald Finley's exquisite melancholy suffuses Covent Garden's Adriana Lecouvreur

By , 07 February 2017
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Ambrogio Maestri (Falstaff) © Wiener Staatsoper | Michael Pöhn
Vienna

McVicar’s Falstaff a timely success at the Haus am Ring

By , 09 December 2016
****1
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Peter Hoare (Laca) and Laura Wilde (Jenůfa) © Donald Cooper
London

Janáček's score, Alden's direction and Wigglesworth's conducting make a searing Jenůfa at ENO

By , 23 June 2016
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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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Marjorie Owens (Norma) © Alastair Muir | ENO
London

Sparkling Bellini: ENO tackles its first Norma

By , 17 February 2016
****1
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The Anvil Chorus © Ken Howard / Metropolitan Opera
New York City

Full-bodied, thrilling “Trovatore” from Netrebko, Lee at the Met

By , 07 October 2015
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Teddy Tahu Rhodes (Méphistophélès) © Darren Williams
Adelaide

McVicar’s inspiring Faust triumphs in Adelaide

By , 27 August 2015
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Leeds

Comedy and tragedy: Opera North's Gianni Schicchi and La Vida Breve serve up a fine double bill

By , 18 February 2015
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Sydney

The spiritual and the hedonistic: McVicar's take on Faust triumphs in Sydney

By , 17 February 2015
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Chicago

A listener's Trovatore

By , 05 November 2014
***11
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London

Elektra at Covent Garden

By , 23 September 2013
***11
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Leeds

Opera North's Joshua at Leeds Grand Theatre

By , 30 April 2013
***11
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Toronto

David Alden's edgy Lucia di Lammermoor triumphs in Toronto

By , 17 April 2013
*****
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Carlos Álvarez (Falstaff) © Michael Pöhn | Wiener Staatsoper GmbH
Vienna

Grantscherben in Pluderhosen: Carlos Álvarez als Falstaff an der Wiener Staatsoper

By , 25 January 2019
****1
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Patricia Racette como Káťa Kabanová © A. Bofill | Gran Teatro del Liceu
Barcelona

La oscura Káťa Kabanová brilla en el Liceu de Barcelona

By , 11 November 2018
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Anna Netrebko (Adriana Lecouvreur) © Wiener Staatsoper | Michael Pöhn
Vienna

Adriana Lecouvreur an der Wiener Staatsoper: Eine Diva vom Feinsten

By , 09 November 2017
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Piotr Beczała (Werther) et Elīna Garanča (Charlotte) dans Werther, mise en scène de Benoît Jacquot © Emilie Brouchon / Opéra national de Paris
Paris

À l’Opéra Bastille, un Werther qui va droit au cœur

By , 20 January 2016
***11
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© Vincent Pontet
Paris

Adriana Lecouvreur: de Rachel à Angela Gheorghiu

By , 23 June 2015
****1
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Elza van den Heever (Norma) © Guillaume Bonnaud
Bordeaux

Norma, le célébrissime opéra de Bellini : somptueux

By , 22 May 2015
*****
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