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Latonia Moore (Aida) © Tristram Kenton
London

Billowing silk and blue hair: Phelim McDermott creates an evocative Aida for ENO

By , 28 September 2017
****1
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Stuart Skelton (Peter Grimes) © Thor Brødreskift
Bergen

Psychologically splintered: Stuart Skelton leads a stellar Peter Grimes in Bergen

By , 30 May 2017
*****
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Patricia Racette (Katerina) © Clive Barda
London

A Lady Macbeth of Mtsensk at ENO to hit you between the eyes

By , 26 September 2015
*****
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Chorus in Act I © Tristram Kenton
London

Two wins out of three: Julian Anderson's Thebans at ENO

By , 03 May 2014
***11
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Stuart Skelton as Peter Grimes © Robert Workman
London

ENO unleash a North Sea storm with Peter Grimes

By , 29 January 2014
*****
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©  Bill Cooper
Cardiff

A new Lohengrin at Welsh National Opera

By , 26 May 2013
****1
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H.K. Gruber  ©  Johnny Volcano
Manchester

MacMillan, Britten and Stravinsky with the BBC Philharmonic and H.K. Gruber

By , 13 March 2013
****1
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The first violins of the Hallé
Manchester

A glowing Meistersinger in Manchester

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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Ben Heppner as Peter Grimes, Orlando Copplestone as his apprentice John  ©  The Royal Opera, Clive Barda 2011
London

Andrew Davis conducts a powerful telling of Britten's Peter Grimes

By , 21 June 2011
****1
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Jessica Pratt as the Queen of the Night lays down the law to Kate Royal as Pamina:  ©  February 2011 Mike Hoban / The Royal Opera
London

Sir Colin Davis conducts a masterful Magic Flute at Covent Garden

By , 01 February 2011
****1
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Iain Paterson as Don Giovanni above Brindley Sherratt as Leporello, credit Donald Cooper
London

Mozart's Don Giovanni at English National Opera

By , 06 November 2010
**111
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© Rahirezvani
Antwerp

Un opéra-ballet ? Pelléas et Mélisande à Anvers

By , 02 February 2018
***11
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