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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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Michaela Martens (Klytaemnestra) and Nina Stemme (Elektra) © Cory Weaver
Chicago

Elektra: Great success for Nina Stemme’s Lyric Opera debut

By , 14 February 2019
****1
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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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Anush Hovhannisyan (Violetta) © Jane Hobson (2017 for Scottish Opera)
Southampton

McVicar's Traviata is still darkly impressive

By , 23 November 2018
***11
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Les Troyens © Wiener Staatsoper GmbH | Michael Pöhn
Vienna

The Staatsoper shows greatness: Hector Berlioz's Les Troyens conquer Vienna

By , 14 October 2018
*****
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Sarah Connolly (Giulio Cesare) and Joélle Harvey (Cleopatra) © Bill Cooper
Glyndebourne

Carry on Cleo: Joélle Harvey leads terrific revival of Giulio Cesare at Glyndebourne

By , 10 June 2018
****1
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Anna Netrebko (Tosca) and Michael Volle (Scarpia) © Ken Howard | Metropolitan Opera
New York City

High Cs to burn: Netrebko stars in The Met’s new, hot-blooded Tosca

By , 30 April 2018
*****
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Anna Caterina Antonacci (Elizabeth) and Leigh Melrose (Cecil) © Javier del Real | Teatro Real
Madrid

The vindication of a neglected masterpiece: a landmark Gloriana at the Teatro Real

By , 14 April 2018
*****
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Jonas Kaufmann and Sondra Radvanovsky © A. Bofill | Gran Teatre del Liceu
Barcelona

Great success for Radvanovsky and Álvarez at Kaufmann's night: Andrea Chénier at the Liceu

By , 09 March 2018
****1
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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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John Daszak (Herod) and Malin Byström (Salome) © ROH | Clive Barda
London

The Beauty is the Beast: Malin Byström sings a chilling Salome

By , 08 January 2018
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Roberto Alagna (Canio) in Pagliacci © Ken Howard | Metropolitan Opera
New York City

Alagna shines as murky Cav and exciting Pag reappear at The Met

By , 08 January 2018
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Sonya Yoncheva (Tosca) and Željko Lučić (Scarpia) © Ken Howard | Metropolitan Opera
New York City

Beautiful singing, realistic staging for the Met’s new Tosca

By , 03 January 2018
****1
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Dimitri Platanias (Rigoletto) © ROH | Mark Douet
London

Dimitri Platanias stands out in a mixed Covent Garden Rigoletto

By , 14 December 2017
***11
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Jamie Barton (Adalgisa) and Angela Meade (Norma) © Ken Howard | Metropolitan Opera
New York City

A mighty second cast for Met’s Norma revival

By , 05 December 2017
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Scottish Opera Chorus © Jane Hobson
Glasgow

Safe and simple pleasures from Scottish Opera's La traviata

By , 19 October 2017
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Sondra Radvanovsky (Norma) © Ken Howard | Metropolitan Opera
New York City

The Met opens its season with a fine new Norma

By , 25 September 2017
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Roderick Williams (Papageno) and Siobhan Stagg (Pamina) © ROH | Tristram Kenton
London

Roderick Williams’ charming birdcatcher leads a spirited revival of The Magic Flute at Covent Garden

By , 14 September 2017
****1
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Ramë Lahaj (The Duke of Mantua) and Tuuli Takala (Gilda) © Soila Puurtinen, Itä-Savo
Savonlinna

McVicar brings his inimitable vision of Rigoletto to the Savonlinna Festival

By , 10 July 2017
****1
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Petra Lang (Isolde) and Stephen Gould (Tristan) © Wiener Staatsoper | Ashley Taylor
Vienna

Nuanced revival of McVicar's Tristan und Isolde at the Wiener Staatsoper

By , 12 March 2017
****1
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Mark Stone (Wozzeck) © GTG | Carole Parodi
Geneva

Wozzeck in Geneva: grit and light

By , 02 March 2017
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Carolyn Sampson (Mélisande) and Andrei Bondarenko (Pelléas) © Richard Campbell
Glasgow

McVicar's stylish and moving Pelléas et Mélisande from Scottish Opera

By , 23 February 2017
****1
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© Catherine Ashmore | ROH
London

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

By , 07 February 2017
***11
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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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Fflur Wyn (Sophie) and Helen Sherman (Octavian) © Robert Workman
Leeds

Visually sumptuous, musically variable: Strauss' Rosenkavalier revived in Leeds

By , 17 September 2016
***11
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Yonghoon Lee (Andrea Chénier) and Anna Pirozzi (Maddalena) © Cory Weaver | San Francisco Opera
San Francisco

San Francisco Opera opens new season with Giordano's Andrea Chénier

By , 09 September 2016
*****
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Andrew Jones (Guglielmo) and David Portillo (Ferrando) © Prudence Upton
Sydney

Through a class darkly: McVicar's Così in Sydney

By , 19 July 2016
****1
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Jochen Kupfer (Beckmesser) and Gerald Finley (Hans Sachs) © Tristam Kenton
Glyndebourne

Humour and humanity: McVicar's Meistersinger touches the heart at Glyndebourne

By , 21 May 2016
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Matthew Polenzani (Devereux) and Sondra Radvanovsky (Elisabetta) © Ken Howard | Metropolitan Opera
New York City

Radvanovsky tackles another Donizetti queen in The Met's Roberto Devereux

By , 28 March 2016
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Elza van den Heever (Elisabetta) and Sondra Radvanovsky (Maria) © Ken Howard | Metropolitan Opera
New York City

Radvanovsky tackles the second of The Met’s Three Queens... and wins

By , 01 February 2016
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Roberto Alagna (Canio) © Marty Sohl | Metropolitan Opera
New York City

A 50% success rate: McVicar’s take on Cav and Pag at the Met

By , 25 January 2016
***11
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Brandon Jovanovich (Walther) and Rachel Willis-Sørensen (Eva) © Cory Weaver | San Francisco Opera
San Francisco

Die Meistersinger: A rewarding operatic marathon in San Francisco

By , 18 November 2015
*****
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Chicago

A Wozzeck of few concessions at the Lyric

By , 01 November 2015
***11
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Clive Bayley as Osmin © Clive Barda
Glyndebourne

Sometimes “straight” just works: McVicar's Entführung starts its Glyndeboune tour

By , 11 October 2015
****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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Ildar Abdrazakov (Henry VIII) © Ken Howard | Metropolitan Opera
New York City

Sondra Radvanovsky reigns over a lackluster set: Anna Bolena at the Met

By , 26 September 2015
****1
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Erwin Schrott (Figaro) and Anita Hartig (Susanna) © Mark Douet | ROH
London

The One with Figaro’s Wedding: a deftly directed revival at Covent Garden

By , 15 September 2015
****1
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Teddy Tahu Rhodes (Méphistophélès) © Darren Williams
Adelaide

McVicar’s inspiring Faust triumphs in Adelaide

By , 27 August 2015
****1
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Franck Saurel (Pasha Selim) and Sally Matthews (Konstanze) © Richard Hubert Smith
Glyndebourne

McVicar’s stylish Entführung emerges as a strong moral tale at Glyndebourne

By , 13 June 2015
****1
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The Trojan Horse © Cory Weaver | San Francisco Opera
San Francisco

A staggering behemoth: McVicar's Les Troyens arrives in San Francisco

By , 12 June 2015
***11
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Stéphanie d’Oustrac (Carmen) © Robert Workman
Glyndebourne

Sultry, fiery, coquettish: Stéphanie d’Oustrac’s Carmen at Glyndebourne has it all

By , 23 May 2015
****1
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Madrid

A lacklustre La traviata from David McVicar at Teatro Real

By , 20 April 2015
**111
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New York City

Darkly intense Cavalleria rusticana and cluttered Pagliacci at the Met

By , 14 April 2015
***11
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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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Sydney

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

By , 17 February 2015
****1
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Chicago

A listener's Trovatore

By , 05 November 2014
***11
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London

A Royal Opera Rigoletto desperately in need of a shot of espresso

By , 12 September 2014
**111
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Sydney

The soulless predator: McVicar's modern take on Don Giovanni in Australia

By , 30 July 2014
***11
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Edinburgh

A Butterfly fit for the Commonweath Games

By , 08 May 2014
****1
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London

McVicar’s subtle take Le nozze di Figaro returns to ROH

By , 02 May 2014
****1
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