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Claudia Boyle (Olympia) © Pat Redmond
Dublin

Scene-stealing villains in Irish National Opera's futuristic Hoffmann

By , 14 September 2018
***11
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Jennifer France (Zerbinetta) © Robert Workman
London

Ariadne aus Glasgow: Strauss’ opera gets a few twists at Opera Holland Park

By , 17 July 2018
****1
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Jonathan Lemalu (Figaro) and Tara Erraught (Susanna) © Pat Redmond
Dublin

Fun and frolics at Irish National Opera's Figaro

By , 17 April 2018
****1
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Laura Zigmantaite (Dryad), Mardi Byers (Ariadne), Elizabeth Cragg (Naiad) and Lucy Hall (Echo) © Richard Campbell
Glasgow

Scottish Opera’s Ariadne auf Naxos is witty and passionate

By , 24 March 2018
****1
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Orla Boylan, Fergus Sheil, Anna Devin and the RTE National Symphony Orchestra © Ste Murray
Dublin

The Big Bang: a starry launch for Irish National Opera

By , 09 January 2018
*****
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Gavan Ring and Fergus Sheil © Ros Kavanagh
Dublin

Intriguing Irish opera Eithne makes a comeback after a century

By , 14 October 2017
****1
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Bradley Smith (Albert) © Robert Workman
Buxton

Fresh peaches of temptation: Britten's Albert Herring at Buxton

By , 08 July 2017
****1
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Ian Storey (Peter Grimes) © Rocco Casaluci
Bologna

Bologna's Teatro Comunale scores a slam dunk with Britten's Peter Grimes

By , 18 May 2017
****1
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Rachel Kelly (Donna Elvira) and Henk Neven (Don Giovanni) © Robert Workman
Belfast

Hedonism and downfall in Oliver Mears' farewell production at Northern Ireland Opera

By , 18 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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Tara Erraught (Rosina) and Gavan Ring (Figaro) © Patrick Redmond
Dublin

Tara Erraught's Rosina steals the show in hilarious Rossini Barber

By , 20 April 2016
****1
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The Rise and Fall of the City of Mahagonny © Opera Theatre Company
Dublin

Lust, greed and corruption: The Rise and Fall of the City of Mahagonny

By , 13 June 2014
****1
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Natasha Wade (dancer) in Ballet from Act II © Wide Open Opera
Dublin

Nixon in China lands in Dublin for triumphant Irish première

By , 11 May 2014
****1
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Barbara Hannigan  ©  Elmer de Haas
London

Stravinsky's Renard at The Rest is Noise with Barbara Hannigan and the London Sinfonietta

By , 10 February 2013
*****
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Don Giovanni: Darren Jeffery, Katherine Broderick, Sarah Tynan, John Molloy, Ben Johnson  ©  Richard Hubert Smith
London

Rufus Norris' Don Giovanni returns to ENO

By , 17 October 2012
**111
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