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Maypole dancing © Clive Barda
High Wycombe

Czech mate: a hilarious and immaculately executed Bartered Bride at Garsington

By , 29 May 2019
****1
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Ginger Costa-Jackson (Carmen) © Sunny Martini
Seattle

Ginger Costa-Jackson's sultry Carmen: the ultimate good-time girl in Seattle

By , 04 May 2019
*****
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Anna Maria Chiuri (Azucena) © Edoardo Piva | Teatro Regio Torino
Turin

In Turin's Trovatore, the women carry the day

By , 10 October 2018
***11
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Daniela Mack (Carmen) © Steven Pisano for Opera Philadelphia
Philadelphia

Billboards, red dresses and a green balloon: Carmen in Philadelphia

By , 27 April 2018
****1
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Semyon Bychkov conducts Khovanshchina © BBC | Chris Christodoulou
London

Prom 29: Twilight of the Old Believers as Semyon Bychkov leads a majestic Khovanshchina

By , 06 August 2017
****1
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Venera Gimadieva (The Queen of Shemakha) and Tim Mix (Tsar Dodon) © Ken Howard for Santa Fe, 2017
Santa Fe

The Golden Cockerel soars in Santa Fe

By , 19 July 2017
****1
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Lise Davidsen (Santuzza) © Erik Berg
Oslo

The most wonderful time of the year? A Christmas Cav & Pag in Oslo

By , 17 December 2016
**111
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Christopher Lowrey (Oberon) and Nadine Sierra (Tytania) © Tato Baeza | Palau de Les Arts
Valencia

A tingling Midsummer Night in Valencia

By , 18 June 2016
****1
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Joyce DiDonato (Elena) and Lawrence Brownlee (Uberto) © Marty Sohl | Metropolitan Opera
New York City

Bel canto virtuosity, but a retrogressive La donna del lago revived at The Metropolitan Opera

By , 15 December 2015
**111
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Carlo Lepore (Don Magnifico) and Serena Malfi (Cenerentola) © Teatro di San Carlo
Naples

Rossini's La Cenerentola: a rags-to-riches romance in Naples

By , 28 June 2015
*****
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High Wycombe

Death in Venice at Garsington

By , 21 June 2015
****1
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New York City

A fine-sounding La donna del lago at The Met

By , 16 February 2015
****1
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London

Tearing up the tulips: Ariodante at the Royal Academy of Music

By , 20 March 2014
***11
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London

London Handel Festival opens with a tongue-in-cheek Imeneo at the RCM

By , 11 March 2013
****1
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Oslo

Easter in Italy: Cavalleria Rusticana and Pagliacci at the Norwegian National Opera

By , 02 March 2013
****1
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London

Prom 72: Nixon in China at the Albert Hall

By , 05 September 2012
****1
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Los Angeles

Britten's Albert Herring: A sardonic delight at LA Opera

By , 08 March 2012
****1
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London

Not that sort of Royal Wedding

By , 14 April 2011
***11
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