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Lauren Michelle (Natasha) and Jonathan McGovern (Prince Andrei) © Clive Barda
Cardiff

Ferocious intensity: David Pountney's new War and Peace at Welsh National Opera

By , 15 September 2018
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Maria José Siri (Francesca) and Marcelo Puente (Paolo) © Brescia & Amisano | Teatro alla Scala
Milan

Breaking with Verismo: Zandonai's Francesca da Rimini returns to La Scala

By , 15 April 2018
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Carmela Remigio (Elcia) and Enea Scala (Osiride) © F. Squeglia
Naples

From darkness to light for Rossini's Mosè in Egitto in Naples

By , 15 March 2018
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Jurgita Adamonytė (Mélisande) and Jacques Imbrailo (Pelléas) © Clive Barda
Hong Kong

Luminous performances lift heavy-metal staging of Pelléas et Mélisande

By , 15 March 2018
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Justina Gringyte (Preziosilla) © Richard Hubert Smith
Cardiff

Wheel of Fortune: Preziosilla spins Pountney's Force of Destiny

By , 02 February 2018
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Christine Goerke (Brünnhilde) © Cory Weaver
Chicago

David Pountney's riveting Walküre opens at the Lyric Opera of Chicago

By , 05 November 2017
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Alan Oke (Skuratov) © Clive Barda
Cardiff

An arresting From the House of the Dead at Welsh National Opera

By , 08 October 2017
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Robert Hayward (Khovansky) © Clive Barda
Cardiff

Stark and spellbinding: Mussorgsky's Khovanshchina leads WNO's Russian season

By , 23 September 2017
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David Stout (Figaro) and Marie Arnet (Susanna) © GTG | Magali Dougados
Geneva

Elena Langer's Figaro Gets a Divorce shines in Geneva

By , 14 September 2017
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George Petean (Renato Anckarstroem) © Judith Schlosser
Zürich

Verdi’s Un Ballo in Maschera in Zurich: a danse macabre of pallid beauty

By , 07 June 2017
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Maria Bajankina (Nastasya) © Teatro di San Carlo | Luciano Romano
Naples

The Enchantress charms in Naples: Tchaikovsky's opera finally premiered in Italy

By , 17 February 2017
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Eric Owens (Wotan) © Todd Rosenberg
Chicago

Perplexing staging not enough to derail a gloriously sung Rheingold at Lyric Opera

By , 01 October 2016
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Ivan Inverardi (Michele) © Tristram Kenton
Leeds

Brilliant Il tabarro and Suor Angelica complete Opera North's Puccini triptych

By , 01 October 2016
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Andrew Bidlack (Private John Ball) and Marcus Farnsworth (Lieutenant Jenkins) © Bill Cooper
Cardiff

From the Somme's trenches: Iain Bell's In Parenthesis opens at Welsh National Opera

By , 13 May 2016
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Alan Oke (The Major) and Naomi O'Connell (Serafin) © Richard Hubert Smith
Bristol

WNO's Figaro Gets a Divorce: a memorable night in Bristol

By , 17 March 2016
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Elysium at Norwegian National Opera © Erik Berg
Oslo

Not perfect, only human: Rolf Wallin’s Elysium in Oslo

By , 14 March 2016
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Jason Bridges (Edgar Allan Poe in Usher House) © Cory Weaver | San Francisco Opera
San Francisco

At San Francisco Opera, Usher House falls dramatically... twice

By , 08 December 2015
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Amelia Scicolone (Jemmy) and Jean-François Lapointe (Tell) © GTG | Magali Dougados
Geneva

David Pountney's distinctive Guillaume Tell takes aim in Geneva

By , 11 September 2015
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Jurgita Adamonyte (Mélisande) and Christopher Purves (Golaud) © Clive Barda
Cardiff

Spiral staircase and paddling pool: Pelléas et Mélisande from Welsh National Opera

By , 29 May 2015
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Johan Reuter (Saul) © Signe Roderik
Copenhagen

The king is not well: Carl Nielsen’s Saul og David in Copenhagen

By , 17 April 2015
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Amanda Majeski (Marta) and Daveda Karanas (Liese) © Michael Brosilow | Lyric Opera
Chicago

Weinberg's The Passenger only partially successful at Lyric Opera of Chicago

By , 04 March 2015
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© Suzanne Schwiertz
Zürich

Die Frau ohne Schatten: a Strauss extravaganza in Zurich

By , 27 November 2014
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Miklós Sebestyén (Mosè) © Richard Hubert Smith
Cardiff

Marc Chagall inspires a new production of Mosè in Egitto

By , 03 October 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
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Melody Moore (Marta), Michelle Breedt (Lisa) and Joseph Kaiser (Walter) © Stephanie Berger
New York City

A harrowing evening with The Passenger at Park Avenue Armory

By , 12 July 2014
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Robert Hayward (Roderick Usher) and Anna Gorbachyova (Madeline Usher) © Stephen Cummiskey
Cardiff

Usher House double bill fails to stand up

By , 13 June 2014
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WNO Lulu: Marie Arnet (Lulu)  ©  Clive Barda
Birmingham

David Pountney and Welsh National Opera's superb new Lulu in Birmingham

By , 05 March 2013
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©  Catherine Ashmore
London

Draining but rewarding - Weinberg's The Passenger at ENO

By , 19 September 2011
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Angela Denoke (Buryjowka) und Dorothea Röschmann (Jenůfa) © Michael Pöhn | Wiener Staatsoper
Vienna

Jenůfas Beziehungsstatus: Es ist kompliziert!

By , 10 April 2016
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