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David Portillo (Pasquale) and Elena Sancho Pereg (Eurilla) © Wilfried Hösl
Munich

Reality and fantasy in a new production of Orlando Paladino in Munich

By , 25 July 2018
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Anna Caterina Antonacci (Elizabeth) and Leigh Melrose (Cecil) © Javier del Real | Teatro Real
Madrid

The vindication of a neglected masterpiece: a landmark Gloriana at the Teatro Real

By , 14 April 2018
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Andrew Watts (Baba the Turk) and Paul Appleby (Tom Rakewell) © Monika Rittershaus
Amsterdam

The Rake’s Progress in the here and now at Dutch National Opera

By , 06 February 2018
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Kurt Streit (Lucio Silla) © Javier del Real | Teatro Real
Madrid

Opera seria goes wild: Lucio Silla at the Teatro Real

By , 16 September 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
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Richard Croft (Jephtha) © Monika Rittershaus
Amsterdam

Starkly powerful Jephtha at Dutch National Opera

By , 09 November 2016
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Alex Esposito (Figaro) © Monika Rittershaus
Amsterdam

Choice cast in bonbon-box Marriage of Figaro at Dutch National Opera

By , 06 September 2016
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María Miró (Mariana) and Manuela Uhl (Isabella) © Javier del Real | Teatro Real
Madrid

Nobody expects Wagnerian comedy: Das Liebesverbot at Teatro Real

By , 22 February 2016
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Erwin Schrott (Figaro) and Anita Hartig (Susanna) © Mark Douet | ROH
London

The One with Figaro’s Wedding: a deftly directed revival at Covent Garden

By , 15 September 2015
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Benjamin Hulett (High Priest) © Bill Cooper
Glyndebourne

Alchemy from Barrie Kosky in Handel's Saul at Glyndebourne

By , 26 July 2015
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X. Sabata (Alidoro), P. Murrihy (Orontea), L. Alder (Silandra), M. Rexroth (Corindo) & Ensemble © Monika Rittershaus
Frankfurt am Main

Amorously enormously entangled: L'Orontea in Frankfurt

By , 14 February 2015
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Luca Pisaroni (Figaro) and Anita Hartig (Susanna) © Wilfried Hösl
Munich

Figaro in Munich: great singing and acting on a blank backdrop

By , 08 December 2014
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Thomas Lichtenecker (Miles) and Emma Bell (Governess) © Monika Ritterhaus
Berlin

In Berlin Claus Guth's Screw turns differently

By , 15 November 2014
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Luca Pisaroni (Count Almaviva), Sylvia Schwartz (Susanna) and Elena Tsallagova (Cherubino) © Javier del Real | Teatro Real
Madrid

Le nozze di Figaro kick-starts a new season at the Teatro Real

By , 15 September 2014
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Anna Virovlansky (Euridice) and members of the Zürcher Singakademie © Wilfried Hösl
Munich

Sheer heaven - L'Orfeo in Munich's Prince Regent Theatre

By , 23 July 2014
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Le Nozze di Figaro © Wilfried Hösl
Munich

An evening of wonder, or The Marriage of Figaro

By , 17 July 2014
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Alisa Weilerstein © Jamie Jung
Salzburg

A walk through the soul of the 19th century

By , 10 April 2014
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Angela Denoke (Alceste) © Javier del Real
Madrid

Warlikowski's descent to the roots of tragedy: Alceste in Madrid

By , 02 March 2014
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Armide  ©  Monika Rittershaus
Amsterdam

Barrie Kosky's visually stunning take on Gluck's Armide at De Nederlandse Opera

By , 10 October 2013
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Kent Nagano  ©  Felix Broede
Vienna

Murder, ghosts and colossal choirs: Schoenberg's Gurre-Lieder at the Wiener Festwochen

By , 22 June 2013
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Wiener Symphoniker  ©  Lukas Beck
Vienna

"Wiener Klassiker" world class: Leonidas Kavakos and the Vienna Symphony enthrall

By , 04 June 2013
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Wiener Symphoniker  ©  Andreas Balon
Vienna

Luisi brings logic and inevitable joy to one of his last Vienna Symphony concerts

By , 13 March 2013
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Véronique Gens and the chorus in Alceste © Wiener Staatsoper / Michael Pöhn
Vienna

Gluck's Alceste at the Vienna Staatsoper: Chronicle of a death foretold

By , 15 November 2012
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Eliahu Inbal  ©  Z Chrapek
Vienna

Eliahu Inbal rescues Wiener Symphoniker's Mozart and Bruckner

By , 09 May 2012
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Mari Eriksmoen (Euridice) and John Mark Ainsley (Orfeo) in L'Orfeo,  ©  Monika Rittershaus
Vienna

Music is the food of thought in L'Orfeo at the Theater an der Wien

By , 20 December 2011
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Alyona Abramowa (Puck,Titania), Julian Prégardien (Oberon) © Wilfried Hösl
Munich

Psycho-Klamauk: Bayerische Staatsoper interpretiert Webers Oberon, König der Elfen um

By , 24 July 2017
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Escena de El gallo de oro en el Teatro Real © Javier del Real | Teatro Real
Madrid

El tirano ayer y hoy: El gallo de oro en el Real

By , 28 May 2017
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Escena de Rodelinda © Monika Rittershaus
Madrid

Rodelinda o el Barroco que enamora

By , 26 March 2017
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Nathan Gunn (Don Giovanni) und Arnold Schoenberg Chor © Werner Kmetitsch | Theater an der Wien
Vienna

Keith Warners Don Giovanni im Theater an der Wien: Immer wieder gern

By , 14 December 2016
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La soprano Sophie Bevan (Pamina) y el barítono Joan Martín-Royo (Papageno) © Javier del Real | Teatro Real
Madrid

La flauta mágica en el Real: el cine como prodigio

By , 19 January 2016
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