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Aleksandrs Antonenko (Otello) © Wiener Staatsoper GmbH | Michael Pöhn
Vienna

Mistrust, rage and colonialism: Adrian Noble’s new Otello at the Wiener Staatsoper

By , 20 June 2019
***11
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Pretty Yende (Leïla) and Javier Camarena (Nadir) © Marty Sohl | Metropolitan Opera
New York City

The Pearl Fishers: a lackluster evening at The Met

By , 17 November 2018
***11
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Joel Prieto (Sam) and Mary Bevan (Rose) © Javier del Real | Teatro Real
Madrid

A marble and a star: a vivid Street Scene at the Teatro Real

By , 14 February 2018
***11
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Tzu-Chao Chou as the Djinn of the Lamp with Artists of Birmingham Royal Ballet © Bill Cooper
London

Birmingham Royal Ballet brings Aladdin to London

By , 31 October 2017
****1
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Nino Machaidze (Leïla) © Ken Howard
Los Angeles

Fishing for pearls: LA Opera's second attempt at Bizet proves a charmer

By , 07 October 2017
*****
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Shelley Jackson (Mary Crawford), Henry Neill (Edmund Bertram) and Martha Jones (Fanny Price) © Robert Workman
Alresford

Grange Festival delivers an engaging Mansfield Park by Jonathan Dove

By , 16 September 2017
****1
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Robert McPherson (Nadir), Claudia Boyle (Leïla) and Jacques Imbrailo (Zurga) © Robbie Jack
London

Slow to ignite: tepid revival of Bizet’s Pearl Fishers at ENO

By , 19 October 2016
***11
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Stephen Richardson (The Mikado) © James Glossop
Glasgow

Scottish Opera’s Mikado: A Victorian variety show on Japanese Night

By , 07 May 2016
***11
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Streetwise Opera's The Passion © Graeme Cooper
Manchester

Inspirational: Bach's St Matthew Passion takes to Manchester's streets

By , 25 March 2016
****1
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Mariusz Kwiecień (Zurga) and Diana Damrau (Leïla) © Ken Howard | Metropolitan Opera
New York City

Gorgeous trio of voices in Met Opera’s Pearl Fishers

By , 04 January 2016
*****
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Tai Oney (Hamlet) and Lauren Fagan (Lila) © ROH | Alastair Muir
London

Sophisticated Christmas sparkle: The Firework-Maker's Daughter at the Royal Opera House

By , 10 December 2015
****1
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High Wycombe

Wedding chaos, deception and duplicity in Garsington’s Così fan tutte

By , 05 June 2015
***11
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London

Not a wooden performance in sight: The Adventures of Pinocchio

By , 04 March 2014
****1
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