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Karah Son (Cio-Cio San) and Jonathan Burton (Pinkerton) © Jeremy Abrahams
Milton Keynes

Nagasaki comes to Bedfordshire: WNO's Madama Butterfly in Milton Keynes

By , 24 March 2017
***11
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Giselle Allen © Hazard Chase
Belfast

A sweepingly romantic evening with the Ulster Orchestra

By , 25 November 2016
****1
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Måire Flavin as Donna Anna © Ros Kavanagh
Dublin

Don Giovanni in a new adaptation by Roddy Doyle

By , 29 September 2016
***11
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David Kempster (Tonio) and Gwyn Hughes Jones (Canio) © Bill Cooper
Cardiff

Cav & Pag: a nostalgia trip for Welsh National Opera

By , 29 May 2016
****1
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Lucio Gallo (Gianni Schicchi) and Susanna Hurrell (Lauretta) © Bill Cooper | ROH
London

Jaho and Larsson break hearts, Gallo and Hurrell mend them in The Royal Opera's Trittico

By , 25 February 2016
****1
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<span>Zenaida Yanowsky and Carlos Acosta in Elizabeth</span> © ROH, 2016 | Photographed by Andrej Uspenski
London

William Tuckett, Elizabeth, Royal Opera House: Linbury Studio Theatre, London

By , 08 January 2016
***11
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Rosa Feola (Elvira) © Bill Cooper
Cardiff

Rosa Feola shines in Welsh National Opera's I puritani

By , 11 September 2015
***11
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Hyeseoung Kwon (Cio-Cio-San) and Jeffrey Gwaltney (Pinkerton) © Paul Sanders
London

Crushed wings: exquisite Madam Butterfly suffers in the Royal Albert Hall

By , 26 February 2015
***11
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Joyce El-Khoury © Kristin Hoebermann
London

Opera Rara: Donizetti's Les Martyrs a revelation

By , 04 November 2014
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David Kempster (Tell) © Richard Hubert Smith
Cardiff

Rossini's William Tell in fifty shades of grey

By , 12 September 2014
****1
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Mary Elizabeth Williams (Abigaille) © Bill Cooper
Cardiff

Glitter and black ostrich feathers prevail in WNO's Nabucco

By , 31 May 2014
***11
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Chiara Taigi (Manon Lescaut) © Johan Persson
Southampton

Chic, bleak and provocative: WNO’s Manon Lescaut

By , 19 March 2014
***11
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Ronald Samm as Otello and David Kempster as Iago in Opera North’s production of Verdi’s Otello  ©  Clive Barda
Leeds

New production of Verdi's Otello from Opera North

By , 16 January 2013
***11
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Sir Mark Elder  ©  Simon Dodds
London

Prom 37: Elgar's The Apostles with The Hallé

By , 10 August 2012
****1
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Edward Elgar in the early 1900s
Manchester

Elder's apostolic Elgar: The Apostles at the Bridgewater Hall

By , 05 May 2012
****1
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