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Ben Johnson (Tamino) © Bill Cooper
Cardiff

Bowler hats and lobsters: WNO's surreal Magic Flute returns

By , 17 February 2019
***11
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Il barbiere di Siviglia at Dutch National Opera © Marco Borggreve | DNO 2018
Amsterdam

“Let them eat cake!” A revolutionary Barbiere at Dutch National Opera

By , 10 November 2018
****1
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Isabel Leonard (Marnie) and Iestyn Davies (Terry) © Ken Howard | Metropolitan Opera
New York City

Superb production and cast can't make The Met's Marnie live

By , 22 October 2018
***11
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Sean Panikkar (Gandhi) © Cory Weaver
Los Angeles

Strange and stirring Satyagraha at LA Opera

By , 20 October 2018
****1
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Francesco Meli (Ernani and Ailyn Pérez (Elvira) © Marco Brescia & Rudy Amisano | Teatro alla Scala
Milan

Codes of honour trip up Bechtolf's Ernani at La Scala

By , 29 September 2018
***11
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Toby Spence (Gandhi), ENO chorus © Donald Cooper
London

A persistent meditative state: Glass' Satyagraha at English National Opera

By , 07 February 2018
***11
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Susan Graham (Hanna Glawari) © Marty Sohl | Metropolitan Opera
New York City

The Met's Merry Widow fails to convince

By , 16 December 2017
***11
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Sasha Cooke (Marnie) © Richard Hubert Smith
London

Muhly's Marnie fails to find the drama of Winston Graham's novel

By , 18 November 2017
***11
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Anna-Doris Capitelli (Hänsel) and Francesca Manzo (Gretel) © Marco Brescia & Rudy Amisano | Teatro alla Scala
Milan

Bechtolf applies a touch of magic realism to Hänsel und Gretel at La Scala

By , 06 September 2017
*****
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Michael Rotschopf (Arthur), Ferdinand Kraemer (Young Arthur) and Max Urlacher (Oswald) © Ruth Walz
Berlin

Magnificent music and opulent visuals: Purcell's King Arthur in Berlin

By , 21 January 2017
****1
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Renée Fleming (Hanna Glawari) and Thomas Hampson (Count Danilo) © Todd Rosenberg
Chicago

A luminous Merry Widow in Chicago

By , 14 November 2015
****1
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Matthew Golding (Guillaume) and Anna Tsygankova (Cinderella) © Angela Sterling
London

A touch of Disney: Wheeldon’s glossy Cinderella sweeps into London

By , 08 July 2015
***11
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Hong Kong

Dutch National Ballet's Cinderella

By , 14 March 2015
***11
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Cardiff

Lobsters, bowler hats and The Financial Times: The Magic Flute given Magritte makeover by Welsh National Opera

By , 13 February 2015
****1
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New York City

Gala opening to The Merry Widow at The Metropolitan Opera

By , 31 December 2014
***11
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London

ENO and Improbable's Satyagraha an astonishing spectacle

By , 20 November 2013
****1
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Helen Aschauer, Bernadette Leitner, Michael Rotschopf (Arthur), Elda Maria Gallo © Herwig Prammer
Vienna

Drunter und drüber, und trotzdem überdrüber: King Arthur am Theater an der Wien

By , 24 January 2019
*****
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