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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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Bryn Terfel (Sweeney Todd) and Barry Banks (Pirelli) © Monika Rittershaus
Zürich

Sweeney Todd: Zurich ventures into a bloody musical

By , 09 December 2018
***11
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Ashley Riches and Louise Alder © BBC | Jamie Simonds
London

The Silver Tassie makes a triumphant return

By , 10 November 2018
*****
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Omer Meir Wellber © Wilfried Hösl
Manchester

Omer Meir Wellber launches a new era for the BBC Philharmonic

By , 06 October 2018
****1
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Stefan Vinke (Siegfried), Gerhard Siegel (Mime) © ROH 2018 | Bill Cooper
London

A fantastic tale, an outstanding cast: Siegfried at the Royal Opera

By , 29 September 2018
*****
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Lauren Fagan, Angela Simkin, Christina Bock, Johannes Martin Kränzle © ROH 2018 | Bill Cooper
London

The assault on Valhalla begins: Das Rheingold at the Royal Opera

By , 24 September 2018
***11
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Christina Gansch (Mélisande) and John Chest (Pelléas) © BBC | Chris Christodoulou
London

Prom 5: Glyndebourne's baffling Pélleas et Mélisande arrives at the Proms

By , 17 July 2018
****1
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Rachel Willis-Sørensen (The Marschallin) © Robert Workman | Glyndebourne Festival 2018
Glyndebourne

Seriously funny, musically transcendent: Glyndebourne's Rosenkavalier

By , 20 May 2018
*****
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Toby Spence (Gandhi), ENO chorus © Donald Cooper
London

A persistent meditative state: Glass' Satyagraha at English National Opera

By , 07 February 2018
***11
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Matthias Goerne and Michelle DeYoung © Simon Jay Price
London

A topsy-turvy Rheingold in concert from Jurowski and the LPO

By , 27 January 2018
***11
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Roderick Williams (Billy Budd) © Sam Murray-Sutton
Snape

Opera North sails in to the Aldeburgh Festival with a buoyant revival of Billy Budd

By , 24 June 2017
*****
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Louise Alder (Sophie Von Faninal) and Lucia Cervoni (Octavian) © Bill Cooper
Cardiff

Sumptuous performances from WNO in Der Rosenkavalier

By , 04 June 2017
****1
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John Adams takes a bow after conducting his opera, ‘Dr Atomic’ © BBC | Mark Allan
London

Death, destroyer of worlds: John Adams conducts Doctor Atomic at the Barbican

By , 25 April 2017
*****
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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
****1
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Anna Netrebko (Manon) © Ken Howard | Metropolitan Opera
New York City

Anna Netrebko overcomes flawed production of Manon Lescaut at the Met

By , 14 November 2016
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Sonya Yoncheva (Norma) © ROH | Bill Cooper
London

Burning like fire: Sonya Yoncheva's Norma scorches Covent Garden

By , 12 September 2016
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Sir Mark Elder © Simon Dodd
London

The OAE celebrates in style with Weber’s Der Freischütz

By , 07 June 2016
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Roderick Williams (Onegin) and Natalya Romaniw (Tatyana) © Mark Douet
High Wycombe

Natalya Romaniw's Tatyana the star of a stylish Eugene Onegin at Garsington

By , 03 June 2016
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Jacques Imbrailo (Pelléas) and Corinne Winters (Mélisande) © Toni Suter
Zürich

Manifestations of trauma: Tcherniakov's Pelléas et Mélisande in Zurich

By , 08 May 2016
***11
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Kristine Opolais (Manon) and Roberto Alagna (Des Grieux) © Ken Howard | Metropolitan Opera
New York City

Work in progress: Met’s Manon Lescaut starring Opolais and Alagna

By , 12 February 2016
***11
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Chicago

A Wozzeck of few concessions at the Lyric

By , 01 November 2015
***11
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Rachel Frenkel (Cherubino) and Adam Plachetka (Figaro) © Todd Rosenberg
Chicago

A dazzling new Figaro at the Lyric Opera

By , 26 September 2015
****1
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Mussorgsky © Ilya Repin
Port Isaac

Boris Godunov with a star British cast wows St Endellion

By , 07 August 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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New York City

The Rake’s Progress makes for a rare, gratifying evening of neoclassical whimsy at The Met

By , 01 May 2015
****1
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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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Glasgow

Scottish Opera's Inés de Castro: shocking and unmissable

By , 24 January 2015
****1
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London

Opera Rara: Donizetti's Les Martyrs a revelation

By , 04 November 2014
*****
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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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London

Electric Stravinsky outshines Brett Dean at the Proms

By , 07 August 2014
***11
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London

BBC Singers dazzle in Strauss' Deutsche Motette in Prom 19

By , 31 July 2014
****1
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Vienna

Vaudeville and shadow puppets: Die Zauberflöte in Vienna

By , 09 June 2014
***11
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London

A wonderful Dream of Gerontius with the BBC Symphony Orhcestra and Sir Andrew Davis

By , 06 April 2014
****1
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New York City

Glyndebourne's Billy Budd in New York

By , 07 February 2014
*****
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London

All I want for Christmas is Fantasio : Opera Rara score a hit

By , 15 December 2013
*****
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Vienna

Die Zauberflöte at the Vienna Staatsoper a mixed bag

By , 20 November 2013
***11
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London

Skelton excels in a brilliant Peter Grimes with the LPO at The Rest is Noise

By , 28 September 2013
*****
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London

Prom 60: Glyndebourne's Billy Budd silences the Albert Hall

By , 27 August 2013
*****
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Glyndebourne

Flawless tragedy, almost unbearable: Billy Budd at Glyndebourne

By , 10 August 2013
*****
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London

Elizabethana I and II: Britten's Gloriana at Covent Garden

By , 20 June 2013
***11
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London

Die Zauberflöte at Covent Garden

By , 16 April 2013
****1
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London

Sarah Connolly tops a stellar cast in ENO's production of Charpentier's Medea

By , 15 February 2013
****1
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London

London première of James MacMillan's Since it was the Day of Preparation...

By , 29 September 2012
****1
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Edinburgh

World première of James MacMillan's Since it was the Day of Preparation...

By , 22 August 2012
*****
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London

Prom 11: Les Troyens

By , 22 July 2012
****1
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London

Shakespeare Sung: Otello at Covent Garden

By , 12 July 2012
****1
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