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Angela Meade (Semiramide) © Ken Howard | Metropolitan Opera
New York City

A gaudy stand-and-sing Semiramide at the Met

By , 19 February 2018
**111
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Michael Volle (Montfort) and Bryan Hymel (Henri) © ROH | Bill Cooper
London

Herheim’s lavish Vêpres siciliennes returns to Covent Garden in triumphant style

By , 12 October 2017
****1
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Ekaterina Bakanova (Violetta) © ROH | Tristram Kenton
London

Ekaterina Bakanova a touchingly fragile Violetta in Covent Garden Traviata

By , 14 June 2017
***11
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Javier Camarena (Arturo) and Pretty Yende (Elvira) © Marty Sohl | Metropolitan Opera
New York City

Pretty Yende + Javier Camarena = pretty spectacular Puritani duo

By , 14 February 2017
****1
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Plácido Domingo as Nabucco © ROH / Catherine Ashmore
London

Clear singing, obscure production: Domingo and Monastyrska in Nabucco

By , 06 June 2016
***11
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Matthew Polenzani (Devereux) and Sondra Radvanovsky (Elisabetta) © Ken Howard | Metropolitan Opera
New York City

Radvanovsky tackles another Donizetti queen in The Met's Roberto Devereux

By , 28 March 2016
****1
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Eleonora Buratto, Javier Camarena © Marty Sohl, Metropolitan Opera
New York City

Met’s Revival of Don Pasquale a great success with a winning cast

By , 04 March 2016
****1
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Riccardo Massi (Milio) and Ermonela Jaho (Zazà) © Russell Duncan
London

Leoncavallo's Zazà: another successful Opera Rara excavation

By , 27 November 2015
****1
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Carmen Giannattasio (Leonora) and Simone Piazzola (Il conte di Luna) © Ruth Walz
Amsterdam

Àlex Ollé's dark Great War Trovatore at Dutch National Opera

By , 08 October 2015
***11
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Zsolt Haja (Valentin) and Gábor Bretz (Méphistophélès) © Péter Rákossy
Budapest

Devilishly good fun: Gábor Bretz’s Méphistophélès dominates the stage in Budapest

By , 26 May 2015
***11
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Joyce DiDonato © Simon Pauly
New York City

Stella di drammaticità: Joyce DiDonato stars in bel canto standards and rarities

By , 18 March 2015
****1
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Albina Shagimuratova (Lucia) and Joseph Calleja (Edgardo) © Cory Weaver | Metropolitan Opera
New York City

Calleja sings with nobility and passion at the Met’s Lucia di Lammermoor

By , 16 March 2015
****1
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Simon Keenlyside (Rigoletto) © Catherine Ashmore
London

A Royal Opera Rigoletto desperately in need of a shot of espresso

By , 12 September 2014
**111
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Amanda Echalaz as Tosca, Michael Volle as Scarpia  ©  ROH / Kenton
London

All round excellence in the Royal Opera's Tosca

By , 02 March 2013
*****
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Elza van den Heever as Elisabetta and Joyce DiDonato as the title character in Donizetti's Maria Stu ©  Ken Howard / Metropolitan Opera
New York City

The Met live in HD at the Barbican: Maria Stuarda

By , 19 January 2013
****1
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Florez and Damrau  ©  Marty Sohl / Metropolitan Opera
New York City

Met’s ‘Ory’ Bubbles Like Champagne

By , 09 April 2011
*****
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© Julien Benhamou | Opéra national de Paris
Paris

À Bastille, Le Trouvère donne de la voix

By , 23 June 2018
***11
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Nadine Koutcher (Lucia) © Patrice Nin
Toulouse

Théâtre du Capitole : La bella Lucia en-dehors du monde

By , 19 May 2017
****1
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Norma en el Teatro de la Maestranza © Guillermo Mendo
Seville

El bel canto de Bellini en manos de Benini: una Norma muy italiana

By , 06 February 2015
***11
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