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Stephen Milling (Hagen) © ROH 2018 | Bill Cooper
London

Milling’s powerful Hagen drives a dramatic Royal Opera Götterdämmerung

By , 01 October 2018
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Laurent Naouri © Russell Duncan and Opera Rara | ROH
London

Donizetti's L'Ange de Nisida shines at its belated world première

By , 18 July 2018
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Sir Bryn Terfel (Falstaff) and Rupert © ROH | Catherine Ashmore
London

Sir John in Love: the fat knight returns to Covent Garden

By , 10 July 2018
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Mariusz Kwiecień (Don Giovanni) and Hrachuhí Bassénz (Donna Elvira) © ROH | Bill Cooper
London

Hell is oneself: Don Giovanni returns to the Royal Opera in heavenly form

By , 29 June 2018
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Maria Agresta (Mimì), Matthew Polenzani (Rodolfo) in Act 4 © ROH | Catherine Ashmore
London

La bohème at the Royal Opera: a simple tragedy, heart-rendingly told

By , 16 June 2018
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Jennifer Davis (Elsa) and Klaus Florian Vogt (Lohengrin) © ROH | Clive Barda
London

Swan cruise: Nelsons navigates a musically impressive Lohengrin at Covent Garden

By , 07 June 2018
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Brandon Jovanovich (Sergey), Eva-Maria Westbroek (Katerina) © ROH | Clive Barda
London

No muddle, just music: Pappano delivers an exceptional Lady Macbeth of Mtsensk

By , 12 April 2018
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Željko Lučić (Macbeth) and Anna Netrebko (Lady Macbeth) © ROH | Bill Cooper
London

Netrebko and Lučić in Macbeth: a Covent Garden masterclass in operatic villainy

By , 25 March 2018
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Johan Reuter (Šiškov) © ROH | Clive Barda
London

An oppressive, living hell: From the House of the Dead at Covent Garden

By , 07 March 2018
***11
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Jacquelyn Stucker (Frasquita), Anna Goryachova (Carmen) and Aigul Akhmetashina (Mercédès) © ROH | Bill Cooper
London

Kosky's Carmen fails to light fires at Covent Garden

By , 14 February 2018
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Gerald Finley (Scarpia), Adrienne Pieczonka (Tosca) © ROH | Catherine Ashmore
London

Tosca at Covent Garden with Calleja, Finley and Pieczonka: promise as yet unfulfilled

By , 15 January 2018
***11
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John Daszak (Herod) and Malin Byström (Salome) © ROH | Clive Barda
London

The Beauty is the Beast: Malin Byström sings a chilling Salome

By , 08 January 2018
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Elena Zilio (Mamma Lucia) and Byran Hymel (Turiddu) © ROH | Catherine Ashmore
London

Elena Zilio leads the verismo thrills as Cav & Pag return to the Royal Opera

By , 06 January 2018
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Dimitri Platanias (Rigoletto) © ROH | Mark Douet
London

Dimitri Platanias stands out in a mixed Covent Garden Rigoletto

By , 14 December 2017
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Simon Keenlyside (Tonio), Bryan Hymel (Canio), Carmen Giannattasio (Nedda) © ROH | Catherine Ashmore
London

Evil under the sun: Hymel triumphs in Cav and Pag at Covent Garden

By , 02 December 2017
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Joyce DiDonato (Semiramide) © ROH | Bill Cooper
London

Joyce DiDonato leads the vocal pyrotechnics in a dazzling Semiramide at the Royal Opera

By , 19 November 2017
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Rachael Lloyd (Alisa) and Lisette Oropesa (Lucia) © ROH | Stephen Cummiskey
London

A devastating revival of Katie Mitchell's Lucia di Lammermoor

By , 30 October 2017
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Javier Torres and Antoinette Brooks Daw in Gloria © Lauren Godfrey
London

Kenneth MacMillan: A National Celebration – Programme 3 - Gloria/The Judas Tree/ Elite Syncopations

By , 26 October 2017
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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
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Roderick Williams (Papageno) and Siobhan Stagg (Pamina) © ROH | Tristram Kenton
London

Roderick Williams’ charming birdcatcher leads a spirited revival of The Magic Flute at Covent Garden

By , 14 September 2017
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Nicole Car (Mimì) and Mariusz Kwiecień (Marcello) © ROH | Catherine Ashmore
London

No moonlight, no magic: Richard Jones directs a vanilla Bohème for the Royal Opera

By , 11 September 2017
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Michel de Souza (Ping), Pavel Petrov (Pong), Hibla Gerzmava (Liù) and Aled Hall (Pang) © Tristram Kenton | ROH
London

Spectacular riddles: Serban's Turandot returns to Covent Garden

By , 05 July 2017
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Jonas Kaufmann (Otello) © ROH | Catherine Ashmore
London

A bronze-toned lion of Venice: Kaufmann debuts as Otello at Covent Garden

By , 21 June 2017
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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
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Pretty Yende (Adina), Liparit Avetisyan (Nemorino) and Paolo Bordogna (Belcore) © ROH | Bill Cooper
London

Giant haystacks: Pelly's sunny L'elisir d'amore romps back to Covent Garden

By , 27 May 2017
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Bryan Hymel (Don Carlo) © ROH | Catherine Ashmore
London

Royal Opera's Don Carlo revival fails to completely catch fire

By , 12 May 2017
***11
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Sophie Bevan, Ed Lyon © ROH | Clive Barda
London

The indiscreet charmlessness of the bourgeoisie: Adès brings The Exterminating Angel to opera

By , 24 April 2017
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Ermonela Jaho (Cio-Cio San) © ROH | Bill Cooper
London

Broken wings: Ermonela Jaho a devastating Madama Butterfly at Covent Garden

By , 27 March 2017
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Sir Bryn Terfel (Hans Sachs) © ROH | Clive Barda
London

Excellent in parts: Kaspar Holten's new Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg at Covent Garden

By , 11 March 2017
***11
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© Catherine Ashmore | ROH
London

Gerald Finley's exquisite melancholy suffuses Covent Garden's Adriana Lecouvreur

By , 07 February 2017
***11
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Anita Rachvelishvili (Azucena) © ROH | Catherine Ashmore
London

Anita Rachvelishvili takes the honours in Covent Garden's Il trovatore

By , 31 January 2017
***11
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Sergei Romanovsky (Alfredo) and Joyce El-Khoury (Violetta) © ROH | Tristram Kenton
London

La traviata at Covent Garden: imperfect but enjoyable

By , 16 January 2017
***11
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Matthew Rose (Baron Ochs) and Renée Fleming (The Marschallin) © ROH | Catherine Ashmore
London

Stop all the clocks: Renée Fleming's valedictory Marschallin at the Royal Opera

By , 17 December 2016
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Najmiddin Mavlyanov (Manrico) and Maria Agresta (Leonora) © ROH | Catherine Ashmore
London

Comic strip Trovatore a damp squib at the Royal Opera

By , 04 December 2016
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Aleksandrs Antonenko (Chevalier des Grieux) and Sondra Radvanovsky (Manon Lescaut) © ROH | Bill Cooper
London

Jonathan Kent's Manon Lescaut at Covent Garden: hard hitting staging, musically mixed

By , 22 November 2016
***11
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Christine Rice (Giulietta) and Thomas Hampson (Dappertutto) © ROH | Catherine Ashmore
London

A final outing for the Royal Opera's lavish but fusty Tales of Hoffmann

By , 07 November 2016
***11
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Martin Winkler (Platon Kuzmich Kovalyov) © ROH | Bill Cooper
London

Vaudeville. Nasality. Shostakovich. Kosky.

By , 20 October 2016
*****
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Così fan tutte © ROH | Stephen Cummiskey
London

Well sung but charmless: the Royal Opera's new Così fan tutte

By , 22 September 2016
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Vito Priante (Figaro) and Daniela Mack (Rosina) © ROH | Mark Douet
London

A soufflé that fails to rise: Rossini’s Barber falls flat at Covent Garden

By , 13 September 2016
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Sonya Yoncheva (Norma) © ROH | Bill Cooper
London

Burning like fire: Sonya Yoncheva's Norma scorches Covent Garden

By , 12 September 2016
****1
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Bryn Terfel (Boris Godunov) © BBC | Chris Christodoulou
London

Prom 2: Royal Opera's spine-tingling Boris Godunov transfers to the Proms

By , 16 July 2016
****1
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"Di due figli": Maurizio Muraro as Ferrando and chorus © ROH / Clive Barda
London

Love, fire and death on the Eastern Front: Royal Opera's new Il trovatore

By , 02 July 2016
***11
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Vittorio Grigolo (Werther) and Joyce DiDonato (Charlotte) © ROH | Bill Cooper
London

Grigolo and DiDonato light up the Royal Opera's Werther

By , 19 June 2016
***11
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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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Hubert Francis (Laïos), Nicolas Courjal (Theban High Priest) and Sarah Connolly (Jocaste) © ROH | Clive Barda
London

Visually spectacular, musically even more so: Enescu's Oedipe at the Royal Opera

By , 23 May 2016
*****
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Aleksandra Kurzak (Lucia) and Rachael Lloyd (Alisa) © ROH | Stephen Cummiskey
London

Returning to the crime scene: fresh blood improves Royal Opera's Lucia di Lammermoor

By , 11 May 2016
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Diana Damrau (Lucia) and Charles Castronovo (Edgardo) © ROH | Stephen Cummiskey
London

Flawed and floored: Katie Mitchell delivers a powerful Lucia at Covent Garden

By , 07 April 2016
***11
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Ain Anger (Pimen) and Bryn Terfel (Boris Godunov) © ROH | Catherine Ashmore
London

Boris Godunov at the Royal Opera: competent, but missing the mark

By , 14 March 2016
***11
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Lucio Gallo (Gianni Schicchi) and Susanna Hurrell (Lauretta) © Bill Cooper | ROH
London

Jaho and Larsson break hearts, Gallo and Hurrell mend them in The Royal Opera's Trittico

By , 25 February 2016
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Chris Addison (Smith) and Kate Lindsey (Lazuli) © ROH | Bill Cooper
London

L'Étoile proves a disappointingly flat foray into opéra-bouffe for the Royal Opera

By , 01 February 2016
**111
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