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Russell Thomas (Tito) © Cory Weaver | LA Opera
Los Angeles

Technicolor La clemenza di Tito from Thaddeus Strassberger at LA Opera

By , 02 March 2019
***11
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Louise Alder (Pamina) with Lucas Rebato, Frederick Jemison, Dionysios Sevastakis (Three Boys) © Johan Persson
High Wycombe

Truth and Wisdom: a searching Zauberflöte at Garsington

By , 31 May 2018
****1
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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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Michael Mayes (Joseph de Rocher) © Mark Allan | Barbican
London

Crime, punishment, forgiveness, redemption: Dead Man Walking finally reaches London

By , 20 February 2018
*****
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Eva-Maria Westbroek (Leonora) James Creswell (Il marchese di Calatrava) and the DNO Chorus © Monika Rittershaus
Amsterdam

Solid La forza del destino opens Dutch National Opera season

By , 09 September 2017
***11
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Ricarda Merbeth and Stuart Skelton © BBC | Chris Christodoulou
London

Prom 9: Refined beauty in Beethoven's Fidelio

By , 21 July 2017
***11
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Malin Byström (Salome) © BAUS
Amsterdam

Beautiful role debut for Malin Byström in Amsterdam Salome

By , 09 June 2017
****1
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The Hallé and Sir Mark Elder © The Hallé
Manchester

A shattering Gurre-Lieder from the Hallé, BBC Philharmonic and Sir Mark Elder

By , 04 June 2017
*****
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Aoife Miskelly (Snegurochka) © Richard Hubert Smith
Leeds

Snowflakes and sunflowers: rare Rimsky-Korsakov opera revived by Opera North

By , 21 January 2017
***11
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Robert McPherson (Nadir), Claudia Boyle (Leïla) and Jacques Imbrailo (Zurga) © Robbie Jack
London

Slow to ignite: tepid revival of Bizet’s Pearl Fishers at ENO

By , 19 October 2016
***11
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Nicholas Crawley (Masetto) and Mary Bevan (Zerlina) © Robert Workman
London

Strong in concept, strong in casting: Richard Jones' Don Giovanni at ENO

By , 30 September 2016
****1
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Mark Wigglesworth © The Proms - Chris Christodoulou
London

Prom 11: Wagner and Tippett make an effective pairing

By , 23 July 2016
****1
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Kelly Cae Hogan (Brünnhilde) and Robert Hayward (Wotan) © Clive Barda
London

Disobedient daughter, outraged wife: Wotan's woes mount in Opera North's Die Walküre

By , 29 June 2016
****1
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Michael Druiett (Wotan), Jo Pohlheim (Alberich) and Wolfgang Ablinger-Sperrhacke (Loge) © Clive Barda
London

Dipping a toe into the Rhine: Wagner therapy from Opera North

By , 28 June 2016
****1
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Marjorie Owens (Norma) © Alastair Muir | ENO
London

Sparkling Bellini: ENO tackles its first Norma

By , 17 February 2016
****1
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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
****1
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Calixto Bieito's production of The Force of Destiny © Robert Workman
London

Barbed wire and gruel: cold comfort in ENO’s Force of Destiny

By , 09 November 2015
***11
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London

Iain Paterson and Edward Gardner lead a top quality rendering of Wagner's Meistersinger for ENO

By , 07 February 2015
*****
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Leeds

Opera North's sunny and life-affirming Bartered Bride

By , 29 October 2014
****1
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Leeds

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

By , 04 October 2014
***11
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Los Angeles

Relentless, Musically Exceptional: LA Opera's Billy Budd

By , 22 February 2014
****1
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London

Simon McBurney's ingenious Magic Flute for English National Opera

By , 07 November 2013
***11
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London

ENO's new season opens with Bieito's contradictory Fidelio

By , 25 September 2013
*1111
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Los Angeles

LA Opera's Flying Dutchman sails past the point

By , 09 March 2013
*1111
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Leeds

Opera North's Faust at Leeds Grand Theatre

By , 19 October 2012
***11
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Edinburgh

Opera North's production première of The Makropulos Case at the Edinburgh Festival

By , 11 August 2012
***11
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London

An imaginary Flying Dutchman at ENO

By , 28 April 2012
***11
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Leeds

Opera North present a beautiful, powerful new production of Bellini's Norma

By , 28 January 2012
****1
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Gateshead

Das Rheingold: a concert perfomance full of drama

By , 26 June 2011
*****
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Johan Reuter (Oedipe) © Monika Rittershaus | DNO 2018
Amsterdam

Enescus komplexer Oedipe in Amsterdam

By , 06 December 2018
****1
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John Daszak, Hillary Summers y Germán Olvera © Javier del Real | Teatro Real
Madrid

Capitán de los monstruos de piedra: Bomarzo de Ginastera seduce al Teatro Real

By , 28 April 2017
****1
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Elza van den Heever (Norma) © Guillaume Bonnaud
Bordeaux

Norma, le célébrissime opéra de Bellini : somptueux

By , 22 May 2015
*****
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