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Anna Bonitatibus (Agrippina) © Robert Workman
Alresford

Agrippina triumphs at The Grange Festival

By , 08 June 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
****1
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Christopher Ainslie (Giulio Cesare) and Soraya Mafi (Cleopatra) © Richard Hubert Smith
London

Static but worth the slog: ETO's two-part Giulio Cesare

By , 07 October 2017
***11
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Heidi Stober (Semele) © Johan Persson
High Wycombe

All that glitters: Miskimmon's hyperactive Semele opens Garsington’s season

By , 01 June 2017
***11
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Laurence Cummings © Anton Säckl
Washington

Cummings leads a light and fluent Messiah in DC

By , 15 December 2016
***11
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Ryan Wigglesworth © Benjamin Ealovega
Manchester

Streamlined Bach from the Hallé and Ryan Wigglesworth

By , 21 April 2016
***11
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Saul Act I © Richard Hubert Smith
Glyndebourne

Biblical spectacle: an eye-popping, heart-stopping Saul for Glyndebourne’s Tour

By , 27 October 2015
****1
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Sandra Piques Eddy (Poppea) and James Laing (Nerone) © Tristram Kenton
Leeds

Opera North blends the beautiful with the cynical in The Coronation of Poppea

By , 04 October 2014
***11
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Chorus in Act I © Tristram Kenton
London

Two wins out of three: Julian Anderson's Thebans at ENO

By , 03 May 2014
***11
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Thomas Zehetmair and Royal Northern Sinfonia © Mark Savage
Gateshead

Thomas Zehetmair's dramatic and characterful St Matthew Passion

By , 19 April 2014
****1
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Rebecca Evans (Rodelinda) © Clive Barda
London

A disappointing Rodelinda at the English National Opera

By , 28 February 2014
**111
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Alan Oke as Gustav von Aschenbach © Robert Workman
Leeds

Death in Venice is another winner for Opera North

By , 17 October 2013
****1
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Micaëla Oeste with Baroque Burlesque Performers  ©  Richard Termine
New York City

Cavalli goes disco in Gotham Chamber Opera's Eliogabalo

By , 23 March 2013
***11
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Members of Northern Sinfonia Chorus  ©  Dan Brady
Gateshead

Northern Sinfonia: A Messiah with plenty of passion

By , 01 December 2012
****1
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Peter Coleman-Wright as Caligula  ©  Johan Persson
London

Caligula slain in the Coliseum: A triumph for ENO

By , 25 May 2012
****1
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Joshua Hopkins and Elizabeth Watts  ©  Alastair Muir
Glyndebourne

Glyndebourne's Rinaldo on Tour

By , 22 October 2011
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Marc Minkowski © Marco Borggreve
Dortmund

Eine Weihnachtsgeschichte mit Zwang zur Freude: Minkowskis Bach-Oratorium in Dortmund

By , 06 December 2017
****1
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Viktor von Halem (Orfeo) © Stofleth
Lyon

Un Orphée et Eurydice onirique à l’Opéra de Lyon

By , 14 March 2015
****1
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