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Jacques Imbrailo (Billy Budd) © ROH | Catherine Ashmore
London

Billy Budd finally drops anchor again at the Royal Opera

By , 23 April 2019
****1
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Thomas Oliemans (Papageno) © Donald Cooper
London

Simon McBurney's Magic Flute makes a joyous return to ENO

By , 14 March 2019
****1
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Tim Mead (Oberon) and Miltos Yerolemou (Puck) © Kelly & Massa for Opera Philadelphia
Philadelphia

Robert Carsen's 28-year-old Dream conquers a new fan base in Philadelphia

By , 08 February 2019
*****
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Bryn Terfel (Sweeney Todd) and Barry Banks (Pirelli) © Monika Rittershaus
Zürich

Sweeney Todd: Zurich ventures into a bloody musical

By , 09 December 2018
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Christian Van Horn (Mefistofele_ © Karen Almond | Metropolitan Opera
New York City

Devil takes all in The Met's Mefistofele

By , 12 November 2018
***11
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Sara Jakubiak (Marietta) © Iko Freese | drama-berlin.de
Berlin

Fleeting happiness: Robert Carsen's Tote Stadt at the Komische Oper

By , 06 October 2018
***11
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Joyce El-Khoury (Tatyana) © Michael Cooper
Toronto

Robert Carsen's Eugene Onegin ages gracefully at COC

By , 30 September 2018
****1
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Stanislas de Barbeyrac (Tamino) © Michel Schnater
Amsterdam

In Amsterdam, McBurney's Die Zauberflöte continues to delight

By , 12 September 2018
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Trial by water: Stanislas de Barbeyrac (Tamino), Mari Eriksmoen (Pamina) © Pascal Victor | artcompress
Aix-en-Provence

Putting the magic back into Zauberflöte: Simon McBurney at Aix

By , 06 July 2018
*****
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Joshua Bloom (Bottom) and Soraya Mafi (Tytania) © Robert Workman
London

Hot ice and strange snow: an unseasonal return for Carsen’s bed-hopping Dream

By , 01 March 2018
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Ermonela Jaho (Cio-Cio-San) and Roberto Aronica (Pinkerton) © Karen Almond | Metropolitan Opera
New York City

Ermonela Jaho lives the part of Butterfly at the Met

By , 26 February 2018
*****
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Andrew Watts (Baba the Turk) and Paul Appleby (Tom Rakewell) © Monika Rittershaus
Amsterdam

The Rake’s Progress in the here and now at Dutch National Opera

By , 06 February 2018
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Evelyn Herlitzius (Kundry) and Klaus Florian Vogt (Parsifal) © Ken Howard | Metropolitan Opera
New York City

Suffering, transcendence, redemption: The Met's Parsifal is a long trip, well worth it

By , 05 February 2018
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Roland Wood (Rigoletto) © Michael Cooper
Toronto

Crisper, tighter, more relevant: revival of Christopher Alden's Rigoletto at the COC

By , 20 January 2018
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Svetlana Aksenova (Cio-Cio-San) © Toni Suter | T+T Fotografie
Zürich

Simplicity the key to Ted Huffman's new Madama Butterfly in Zurich

By , 10 December 2017
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Hui He (Cio-Cio-San) © Ken Howard | Metropolitan Opera
New York City

Weak leads sink beautiful Met Butterfly

By , 06 November 2017
***11
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Paul Appleby (Tom), Hilary Summers (Mother Goose) and Chorus © Pascal Victor | Artcompress
Aix-en-Provence

McBurney paints The Rake's Progress onto a blank canvas in Aix

By , 05 July 2017
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Thomas Hampson (Don Giovanni) and Luca Pisaroni (Leporello) © Marco Brescia & Rudy Amisano | Teatro alla Scala
Milan

Don Giovanni as “unlimited myth” at La Scala

By , 14 May 2017
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Mariusz Kwiecień (Onegin) and Ana María Martínez (Tatyana) © Todd Rosenberg
Chicago

Minimalist Onegin on the Lyric Opera stage

By , 26 February 2017
***11
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Jacques Imbrailo (Billy Budd) and Clive Bayley (Dansker) © Javier del Real | Teatro del Real
Madrid

Deborah Warner's new Billy Budd sets a new standard in Madrid

By , 03 February 2017
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Rena Harms (Cio-Cio San) and Sorrow © Tom Bowles
London

Flawed casting in Minghella's widescreen Butterfly at ENO

By , 16 May 2016
***11
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Peter Seiffert (Tannhäuser) and Sophie Koch (Venus) © ROH | Clive Barda
London

Downhill from Venusberg: a bland Tannhäuser revived at Covent Garden

By , 26 April 2016
***11
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Kristine Opolais (Cio-Cio-San) © Marty Sohl | Metropolitan Opera
New York City

Kristine Opolais breaks hearts in Met's Madama Butterfly

By , 17 March 2016
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Peter Coleman-Wright (Papageno) © ENO | Robbie Jack
London

An incandescent Magic Flute from Mark Wigglesworth at ENO

By , 05 February 2016
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© Annemie Augustijns
Antwerp

Understated elegance: Robert Carsen's sublime La bohème in Antwerp

By , 27 December 2015
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Hendrickje van Kerckhove (The Sandman) © Marco Borggreve | Dutch National Opera
Amsterdam

Dutch National Opera's Hänsel und Gretel from the favela both delights and disturbs

By , 03 December 2015
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Sally Matthews (Blanche de la Force) © Hans van den Bogaard
Amsterdam

Robert Carsen’s shattering Dialogues des carmélites returns to Amsterdam for a last time

By , 07 November 2015
****1
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Katie van Kooten (Tatyana) © Lynn Lane
Houston

Houston Grand Opera's Eugene Onegin stars an unlikely hero

By , 30 October 2015
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Christian Gerhaher (Wozzeck) © Monika Rittershaus
Zürich

Witness to a delicious aberration: Wozzeck in Zurich

By , 13 September 2015
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Duncan Rock (Tarquinius) and Christine Rice (Lucretia) © Robbie Jack
Glyndebourne

Dark deeds under the microscope: Britten's Rape of Lucretia at Glyndebourne

By , 05 July 2015
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Sandrine Piau (Tytania) with the Trinity Boys Choir © Patrick Berger
Aix-en-Provence

Robert Carsen's legendary production returns to its birthplace with a Dream cast

By , 04 July 2015
*****
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London

The power of love: Between Worlds at the Barbican

By , 11 April 2015
*****
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Amsterdam

Polished stagecraft still wields its magic in Dutch National Opera’s Zauberflöte

By , 04 March 2015
****1
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Chicago

As light falls, Tannhäuser finds its tone in Chicago

By , 09 February 2015
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London

Drab Dutchman at Covent Garden only partially redeemed by singers

By , 05 February 2015
***11
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Berlin

Fiona Shaw brings theatre into the opera house in The Rape of Lucretia

By , 14 November 2014
*****
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London

Not for beginners: Christopher Alden's Rigoletto at ENO

By , 13 February 2014
****1
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London

Simon McBurney's ingenious Magic Flute for English National Opera

By , 07 November 2013
***11
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London

ENO's Madam Butterfly is once again a must-see

By , 14 October 2013
****1
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La Flûte enchantée à l'Opéra Bastille, dans la mise en scène de Robert Carsen © Svetlana Loboff / Opéra national de Paris
Paris

Eyes Wide Shut à Bastille : le retour de La Flûte enchantée

By , 27 April 2019
****1
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Camilla Nylund (Rusalka) © Guergana Damianova / Opéra national de Paris
Paris

Rusalka à l’Opéra de Paris : le miroir du rêve selon Carsen

By , 29 January 2019
***11
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Carlos Álvarez (Rigoletto), Javier Camarena (Duque de Mantua) y el Coro del Teatre del Liceu © A. Bofill | Gran Teatre del Liceu
Barcelona

Álvarez y Camarena coronan un Rigoletto de altura en el Liceu

By , 21 March 2017
****1
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© Emilie Brouchon | Opéra de Paris
Paris

Die Zauberflöte de Carsen : un onirisme noir servi par une distribution lumineuse

By , 23 January 2017
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Les Contes d’Hoffmann © Julien Benhamou / ONP
Paris

Immarcescibles Contes du magicien Carsen

By , 03 November 2016
***11
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Benjamin, dernière nuit, mise en scène de John Fulljames © Stofleth
Lyon

Poétique hommage à Benjamin Walter à l'Opéra de Lyon

By , 15 March 2016
***11
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Capriccio à l'Opéra de Paris, mise en scène de Robert Carsen © Vincent Pontet / Opéra national de Paris
Paris

Capriccio illusionniste à l’Opéra Garnier

By , 19 January 2016
****1
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La Dame de Pique à l'Opéra national du Rhin © Klara Beck
Strasbourg

La Dame de Pique remporte la mise

By , 16 June 2015
****1
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Paris

La Flûte enchantée à Bastille : une lutte contre l’obscurantisme toujours d’actualité

By , 24 April 2015
***11
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Paris

Rusalka en demi-teinte à l'Opéra de Paris

By , 03 April 2015
***11
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Geneva

Eugène Onéguine au Grand Théâtre de Genève

By , 09 October 2014
****1
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