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Marianela Núñez (Odette) © ROH | Bill Cooper
London

A keeper: Scarlett delivers a triumphant new Swan Lake for The Royal Ballet

By , 17 May 2018
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Anna Netrebko (Tosca) and Michael Volle (Scarpia) © Ken Howard | Metropolitan Opera
New York City

High Cs to burn: Netrebko stars in The Met’s new, hot-blooded Tosca

By , 30 April 2018
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Brandon Jovanovich (Sergey), Eva-Maria Westbroek (Katerina) © ROH | Clive Barda
London

No muddle, just music: Pappano delivers an exceptional Lady Macbeth of Mtsensk

By , 12 April 2018
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Marianela Nuñez as Giselle © Helen Maybanks | ROH, 2018
London

An indelible performance of Giselle by the Royal Ballet

By , 19 January 2018
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Sonya Yoncheva (Tosca) and Željko Lučić (Scarpia) © Ken Howard | Metropolitan Opera
New York City

Beautiful singing, realistic staging for the Met’s new Tosca

By , 03 January 2018
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Stéphanie d'Oustrac (Sesto) and Ramón Vargas (Tito) © Sébastien Mathé | Opéra national de Paris
Paris

Stéphanie d'Oustrac shines as Sesto in Willy Decker's Paris Clemenza

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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Cinderella © Bill Cooper
Southampton

Starry, starry night: Birmingham Royal Ballet's celestial Cinderella provides magic

By , 25 January 2017
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Sarah Lamb (Giselle) © Bill Cooper | ROH 2014
London

Classical Ballet at its Best: The Royal Ballet's Giselle

By , 26 February 2016
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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
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Elza van den Heever (Elisabetta) and Sondra Radvanovsky (Maria) © Ken Howard | Metropolitan Opera
New York City

Radvanovsky tackles the second of The Met’s Three Queens... and wins

By , 01 February 2016
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Anna Siminska (Queen of the Night) © Mark Douet | ROH
London

Strongly cast revival of McVicar’s Enlightenment production of Die Zauberflöte at Covent Garden

By , 23 February 2015
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© Robert Workman
Cardiff

An evening of starvation and gluttony with Welsh National Opera's Hansel and Gretel

By , 21 February 2015
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Christine Rice (Hänsel) and Aleksandra Kurzak (Gretel) © Cory Weaver | Metropolitan Opera
New York City

Hansel and Gretel at The Met: Richard Jones' sinister fairy tale production

By , 18 December 2014
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Tara Erraught (Hänsel) and Hanna-Elisabeth Müller (Gretel) © Wilfried Hösl
Munich

A nightmare-inducing Hänsel und Gretel in Munich

By , 25 November 2014
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S. McRae, L. Morera, T. Dyer, B. Gartside and K. Emerton in The Age of Anxiety © ROH - ph: Bill Cooper
London

Amidst the fields of poppies: The Royal Ballet's commemorative programme.

By , 07 November 2014
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Edgaras Montvidas as Tom Rakewell  ©  Mark Hamilton
Edinburgh

Scottish Opera: The Rake's Progress

By , 31 March 2012
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Marianela Núñez en el papel de Odette © ROH | Bill Cooper
Madrid

El brillante Lago del Royal Ballet: pureza, lirismo y frescura

By , 22 July 2018
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Escena de Peter Grimes en la producción de Willy Decker © Mikel Ponce & Miguel Lorenzo
Valencia

Simpatía por el diablo: Peter Grimes en el Palau de les Arts

By , 13 February 2018
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Vittorio Grigòlo (Cavaradossi) und Sonya Yoncheva (Tosca) © Ken Howard | Metropolitan Opera
New York City

Tosca in New York: Gesangliche Gourmethäppchen in Nostalgie-Optik

By , 15 January 2018
****1
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