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Ivana Rusko (Ellen Orford) and Marco Jentzsch (Peter Grimes) © Bernd Uhlig
Cologne

An emotionally distant Peter Grimes at Oper Köln

By , 28 November 2018
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Clare Presland (Composer) © Matthew Williams-Ellis
Moreton-in-Marsh

A game of two halves: Ariadne auf Naxos at Longborough

By , 13 July 2018
****1
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Sasha Cooke (Marnie) © Richard Hubert Smith
London

Muhly's Marnie fails to find the drama of Winston Graham's novel

By , 18 November 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
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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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Peter Coleman-Wright (Papageno) © ENO | Robbie Jack
London

An incandescent Magic Flute from Mark Wigglesworth at ENO

By , 05 February 2016
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Qiu Lin Zhang (Suzuki) and Annemarie Kremer (Cio-Cio-San) © Marco Borggreve | Nederlandse Reisopera
Rotterdam

Bold music-making in Nederlandse Reisopera’s austere Madama Butterfly

By , 19 September 2015
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Kurt Streit (Jimmy McIntyre) and Christine Rice (Jenny Smith) © Clive Barda | ROH
London

A heaven of hell, a hell of heaven: Brecht and Weill's Rise and Fall of the City of Mahagonny

By , 10 March 2015
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Esa-Pekka Salonen © Benjamin Ealovega
London

An unforgettable Pelléas et Mélisande at the Southbank

By , 27 November 2014
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Peter Wedd (Florestan) and Rebecca von Lipinski (Leonore) © Mike Hoban
High Wycombe

Garsington Opera's Fidelio proves entertaining but emotionally flat

By , 06 June 2014
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Gillian Ramm © Rayfield Allied
London

The Quality of Mercy is not Strain'd: a revelatory La clemenza di Tito

By , 13 March 2014
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© Richard Hubert Smith
New York City

Glyndebourne's Billy Budd in New York

By , 07 February 2014
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Daniel Abelson as Puck with James Laing as Oberon (behind),  ©  Tristram Kenton
Leeds

Opera North's glittering Midsummer Night's Dream at Leeds Grand Theatre

By , 28 September 2013
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Members of the Glyndebourne Festival Opera, The Glyndebourne Chorus, and the London Philharmonic Orc ©  BBC/Chris Christodoulou
London

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

By , 27 August 2013
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Darren Jeffery as Maometto II  ©  Mike Hoban
High Wycombe

Maometto Secondo triumphantly captures Garsington

By , 10 June 2013
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Huddersfield Choral Society
Huddersfield

Wagner, Verdi and sorrowful Stanford with the Huddersfield Choral Society

By , 12 April 2013
***11
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H.K. Gruber  ©  Johnny Volcano
Manchester

MacMillan, Britten and Stravinsky with the BBC Philharmonic and H.K. Gruber

By , 13 March 2013
****1
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Act Three, Scene 1  ©  Dan Rest
Chicago

Die Meistersinger fills the stage at Chicago's Lyric Opera

By , 08 February 2013
***11
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Portrait of Gaetano Donizetti by Giuseppe Rillosi, currently in the Museo del Teatro alla Scala, Mil
London

Donizetti's Belisario at the Barbican

By , 28 October 2012
****1
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Don Giovanni: Darren Jeffery, Katherine Broderick, Sarah Tynan, John Molloy, Ben Johnson  ©  Richard Hubert Smith
London

Rufus Norris' Don Giovanni returns to ENO

By , 17 October 2012
**111
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Stuart Skelton  ©  BBC/Chris Christodoulou
London

Prom 55: ENO performs Britten's Peter Grimes on the concert stage

By , 24 August 2012
****1
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Kim Begley as Captain Vere  ©  Henrietta Butler
London

Dark deeds on the high seas: Billy Budd at ENO

By , 23 June 2012
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Nino Machaidze as Juliette - (c) The Royal Opera / Bill Cooper October 2010
London

Gounod's Roméo et Juliette at Covent Garden

By , 26 October 2010
**111
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Sarah Connolly © Peter Warren
London

Le Requiem et l’Inachevée au Barbican : une lecture (trop?) fidèle d’œuvres atemporelles

By , 08 October 2014
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