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Sara Jakubiak (Marietta) © Iko Freese | drama-berlin.de
Berlin

Fleeting happiness: Robert Carsen's Tote Stadt at the Komische Oper

By , 06 October 2018
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Joyce El-Khoury (Tatyana) © Michael Cooper
Toronto

Robert Carsen's Eugene Onegin ages gracefully at COC

By , 30 September 2018
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Stanislas de Barbeyrac (Tamino) © Michel Schnater
Amsterdam

In Amsterdam, McBurney's Die Zauberflöte continues to delight

By , 12 September 2018
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Trial by water: Stanislas de Barbeyrac (Tamino), Mari Eriksmoen (Pamina) © Pascal Victor | artcompress
Aix-en-Provence

Putting the magic back into Zauberflöte: Simon McBurney at Aix

By , 06 July 2018
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Joshua Bloom (Bottom) and Soraya Mafi (Tytania) © Robert Workman
London

Hot ice and strange snow: an unseasonal return for Carsen’s bed-hopping Dream

By , 01 March 2018
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Ermonela Jaho (Cio-Cio-San) and Roberto Aronica (Pinkerton) © Karen Almond | Metropolitan Opera
New York City

Ermonela Jaho lives the part of Butterfly at the Met

By , 26 February 2018
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Andrew Watts (Baba the Turk) and Paul Appleby (Tom Rakewell) © Monika Rittershaus
Amsterdam

The Rake’s Progress in the here and now at Dutch National Opera

By , 06 February 2018
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Evelyn Herlitzius (Kundry) and Klaus Florian Vogt (Parsifal) © Ken Howard | Metropolitan Opera
New York City

Suffering, transcendence, redemption: The Met's Parsifal is a long trip, well worth it

By , 05 February 2018
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Roland Wood (Rigoletto) © Michael Cooper
Toronto

Crisper, tighter, more relevant: revival of Christopher Alden's Rigoletto at the COC

By , 20 January 2018
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Svetlana Aksenova (Cio-Cio-San) © Toni Suter | T+T Fotografie
Zürich

Simplicity the key to Ted Huffman's new Madama Butterfly in Zurich

By , 10 December 2017
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Hui He (Cio-Cio-San) © Ken Howard | Metropolitan Opera
New York City

Weak leads sink beautiful Met Butterfly

By , 06 November 2017
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Paul Appleby (Tom), Hilary Summers (Mother Goose) and Chorus © Pascal Victor | Artcompress
Aix-en-Provence

McBurney paints The Rake's Progress onto a blank canvas in Aix

By , 05 July 2017
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Thomas Hampson (Don Giovanni) and Luca Pisaroni (Leporello) © Marco Brescia & Rudy Amisano | Teatro alla Scala
Milan

Don Giovanni as “unlimited myth” at La Scala

By , 14 May 2017
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Mariusz Kwiecień (Onegin) and Ana María Martínez (Tatyana) © Todd Rosenberg
Chicago

Minimalist Onegin on the Lyric Opera stage

By , 26 February 2017
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Jacques Imbrailo (Billy Budd) and Clive Bayley (Dansker) © Javier del Real | Teatro del Real
Madrid

Deborah Warner's new Billy Budd sets a new standard in Madrid

By , 03 February 2017
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Rena Harms (Cio-Cio San) and Sorrow © Tom Bowles
London

Flawed casting in Minghella's widescreen Butterfly at ENO

By , 16 May 2016
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Peter Seiffert (Tannhäuser) and Sophie Koch (Venus) © ROH | Clive Barda
London

Downhill from Venusberg: a bland Tannhäuser revived at Covent Garden

By , 26 April 2016
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Kristine Opolais (Cio-Cio-San) © Marty Sohl | Metropolitan Opera
New York City

Kristine Opolais breaks hearts in Met's Madama Butterfly

By , 17 March 2016
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Peter Coleman-Wright (Papageno) © ENO | Robbie Jack
London

An incandescent Magic Flute from Mark Wigglesworth at ENO

By , 05 February 2016
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© Annemie Augustijns
Antwerp

Understated elegance: Robert Carsen's sublime La bohème in Antwerp

By , 27 December 2015
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Hendrickje van Kerckhove (The Sandman) © Marco Borggreve | Dutch National Opera
Amsterdam

Dutch National Opera's Hänsel und Gretel from the favela both delights and disturbs

By , 03 December 2015
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Sally Matthews (Blanche de la Force) © Hans van den Bogaard
Amsterdam

Robert Carsen’s shattering Dialogues des carmélites returns to Amsterdam for a last time

By , 07 November 2015
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Katie van Kooten (Tatyana) © Lynn Lane
Houston

Houston Grand Opera's Eugene Onegin stars an unlikely hero

By , 30 October 2015
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Christian Gerhaher (Wozzeck) © Monika Rittershaus
Zürich

Witness to a delicious aberration: Wozzeck in Zurich

By , 13 September 2015
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Duncan Rock (Tarquinius) and Christine Rice (Lucretia) © Robbie Jack
Glyndebourne

Dark deeds under the microscope: Britten's Rape of Lucretia at Glyndebourne

By , 05 July 2015
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Sandrine Piau (Tytania) with the Trinity Boys Choir © Patrick Berger
Aix-en-Provence

Robert Carsen's legendary production returns to its birthplace with a Dream cast

By , 04 July 2015
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Rhian Lois, Philip Rhodes, Eric Greene, Clare Presland and William Morgan © Hugo Glendinning
London

The power of love: Between Worlds at the Barbican

By , 11 April 2015
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Íride Martínez (Königin der Nacht) and Chen Reiss (Pamina) © Hans van den Bogaard
Amsterdam

Polished stagecraft still wields its magic in Dutch National Opera’s Zauberflöte

By , 04 March 2015
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Amber Wagner (Elisabeth) © Todd Rosenberg | Lyric Opera
Chicago

As light falls, Tannhäuser finds its tone in Chicago

By , 09 February 2015
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Bryn Terfel (Dutchman) © Clive Barda | ROH
London

Drab Dutchman at Covent Garden only partially redeemed by singers

By , 05 February 2015
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© Marcus Lieberenz
Berlin

Fiona Shaw brings theatre into the opera house in The Rape of Lucretia

By , 14 November 2014
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Anna Christy and Quinn Kelsey © Alastair Muir
London

Not for beginners: Christopher Alden's Rigoletto at ENO

By , 13 February 2014
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©  De Nederlandse Opera, Clärchen & Matthias Baus
London

Simon McBurney's ingenious Magic Flute for English National Opera

By , 07 November 2013
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©  Clive Barda / ArenaPAL
London

ENO's Madam Butterfly is once again a must-see

By , 14 October 2013
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Carlos Álvarez (Rigoletto), Javier Camarena (Duque de Mantua) y el Coro del Teatre del Liceu © A. Bofill | Gran Teatre del Liceu
Barcelona

Álvarez y Camarena coronan un Rigoletto de altura en el Liceu

By , 21 March 2017
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© Emilie Brouchon | Opéra de Paris
Paris

Die Zauberflöte de Carsen : un onirisme noir servi par une distribution lumineuse

By , 23 January 2017
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Les Contes d’Hoffmann © Julien Benhamou / ONP
Paris

Immarcescibles Contes du magicien Carsen

By , 03 November 2016
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Benjamin, dernière nuit, mise en scène de John Fulljames © Stofleth
Lyon

Poétique hommage à Benjamin Walter à l'Opéra de Lyon

By , 15 March 2016
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Capriccio à l'Opéra de Paris, mise en scène de Robert Carsen © Vincent Pontet / Opéra national de Paris
Paris

Capriccio illusionniste à l’Opéra Garnier

By , 19 January 2016
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La Dame de Pique à l'Opéra national du Rhin © Klara Beck
Strasbourg

La Dame de Pique remporte la mise

By , 16 June 2015
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Mauro Peter (Tamino) © Elisa Haberer / Opéra National de Paris
Paris

La Flûte enchantée à Bastille : une lutte contre l’obscurantisme toujours d’actualité

By , 24 April 2015
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© E. Bauer / Opéra National de Paris
Paris

Rusalka en demi-teinte à l'Opéra de Paris

By , 03 April 2015
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Maija Kovalevska (Tatiana) © GTG/Carole Parodi
Geneva

Eugène Onéguine au Grand Théâtre de Genève

By , 09 October 2014
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