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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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Stefan Vinke (Siegfried), Gerhard Siegel (Mime) © ROH 2018 | Bill Cooper
London

A fantastic tale, an outstanding cast: Siegfried at the Royal Opera

By , 29 September 2018
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Stuart Skelton (Siegmund) © ROH | Bill Cooper
London

Skelton and Anger set the scene for Stemme in Covent Garden's superb Walküre

By , 26 September 2018
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Lauren Fagan, Angela Simkin, Christina Bock, Johannes Martin Kränzle © ROH 2018 | Bill Cooper
London

The assault on Valhalla begins: Das Rheingold at the Royal Opera

By , 24 September 2018
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Sir Antonio Pappano conducts the Orchestra dell'Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia © BBC | Chris Christodoulou
London

Prom 37: Saluti da Roma as Pappano conducts Bernstein and Mahler

By , 10 August 2018
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Ian Bostridge © Sim Canetty-Clarke
Berlin

Restless spirits: Pappano conducts Britten's War Requiem in Berlin

By , 26 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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Diana Damrau © Rebecca Fay
London

Heavenly Strauss from Damrau, but leaden-footed Brahms from the LPO

By , 03 March 2018
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Alice Sara Ott © Jonas Becker
London

Infernal Liszt: Alice Sara Ott, Antonio Pappano and a Faustian pact

By , 26 November 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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Barbara Hannigan, Antonio Pappano and the Orchestra dell'Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia © Chris Lee
New York City

Mahler and Sciarrino from Antonio Pappano and the Santa Cecilians at Carnegie Hall

By , 21 October 2017
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Martha Argerich and the Orchestra dell'Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia © Chris Lee
New York City

A glorious return to Carnegie Hall for Martha Argerich

By , 20 October 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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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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Sir Antonio Pappano © Riccardo Musacchio & Flavio Ianniello
London

There’s no place like Rome: Pappano and the Santa Cecilians dazzle in Respighi

By , 11 May 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
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Karita Mattila © Marica Rosengard
London

Sensational Mattila, restrained Kaufmann in the LSO's exceptional Walküre Act 1

By , 08 February 2017
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Antonio Pappano © Musacchio Ianniello | EMI Classics
London

Italian Passion ignites a blazing Inextinguishable Symphony at the Barbican

By , 05 February 2017
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Sir Antonio Pappano and Gerald Finley © Mark Allan | Barbican
London

Sensitive artistry from Gerald Finley in recital with Antonio Pappano at the Barbican

By , 10 December 2016
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Sir Antonio Pappano © Musacchio & Ianniello | EMI
London

Natural wonders: Pappano and the LSO scale Strauss' Alpine odyssey

By , 24 November 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
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Ian Bostridge © Sim Canetty-Clarke
London

“Hey, nonny no!” Bostridge's Shakespeare Songs at Wigmore Hall

By , 14 November 2016
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Rachel Willis-Sørensen, Simon O'Neill and Sir Antonio Pappano © Riccardo Musacchio & Flavio Ianniello
Rome

Pappano releases the shackles: an uplifting Fidelio in Rome

By , 22 October 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
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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
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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
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Sir Antonio Pappano © Musacchio Ianniello | Warner Classics
Wrocław

Sir Antonio Pappano and the LSO shine in superb Polish acoustics

By , 25 May 2016
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Sir Antonio Pappano © Musacchio Ianniello | Warner Classics
London

Pappano and the LSO's Mahler 6: competent but missing the mark

By , 19 May 2016
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Sir Antonio Pappano © Musacchio Ianniello | EMI Classics
Cleveland

Antonio Pappano leads a high-octane Heldenleben with The Cleveland Orchestra

By , 28 April 2016
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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
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Sir Antonio Pappano © ROH | Clive Barda
London

Russian Roulette: Pappano’s spin through the Mighty Handful at Covent Garden

By , 08 February 2016
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Lise de la Salle © Lynn Goldsmith
London

Roman delights, or is it Hollywood? Pappano and the LSO play Respighi

By , 31 January 2016
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Carmen Giannattasio (Nedda) © ROH | Catherine Ashmore
London

Passion Plays: Michieletto’s interwoven Cavalleria rusticana and Pagliacci

By , 03 December 2015
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Antonio Pappano © Musacchio Ianniello | EMI
Milan

Classical creativity: Beethoven and Spontini from Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia

By , 11 October 2015
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Gerald Finley (Guillaume Tell) © Clive Barda | ROH
London

Hitting the rocks: Damiano Michieletto's Guillaume Tell at Covent Garden

By , 29 June 2015
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Sir Antonio Pappano © Musacchio & Ianniello | EMI Classics
London

Sun worship: ecstatic playing from the Orchestra of the Royal Opera House

By , 04 May 2015
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Mariusz Kwiecień (Roger) © Bill Cooper | ROH
London

Exploring the inner levels of the mind: Szymanowski's Król Roger at the Royal Opera

By , 01 May 2015
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Stephen Gould as Tristan, Nina Stemme as Isolde © ROH / Clive Barda
London

Stemme and Gould light up Tristan und Isolde at the Royal Opera

By , 05 December 2014
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Piotr Anderszewski © MG de Saint Venant | Virgin Classics
London

Anniversary composers Panufnik and Strauss celebrated by Pappano and the LSO

By , 19 October 2014
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Sir Antonio Pappano © Musacchio & Ianniello | EMI Classics
London

Charmless fairy tales: Pappano and the LSO

By , 16 October 2014
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Eva-Maria Westbroek (Anna Nicole) © Bill Cooper
London

ROH comeback for Anna Nicole, but do shock tactics dull with repetition?

By , 11 September 2014
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Karita Mattila (Ariadne) © Catherine Ashmore
London

Naxos capitulates, Mattila’s Ariadne reigns

By , 25 June 2014
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Sir Antonio Pappano © Musacchio & Ianniello | EMI Classics
London

Italian blood and thunder in the most operatic of Requiems

By , 18 May 2014
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Sir Antonio Pappano © Musacchio & Ianniello | EMI
London

Hope, tragedy and redemption: the Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia at Royal Festival Hall

By , 17 May 2014
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Michael Francis © Chris Christodoulou
London

London Symphony Orchestra begin Panufnik centenary celebrations at the Barbican

By , 05 February 2014
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Maxim Vengerov
London

The LSO give a moving première of Peter Maxwell Davies' tenth symphony

By , 02 February 2014
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Janine Jansen © Harald Hoffmann / Decca
London

Pappano and Jansen a perfect match with the LSO

By , 30 January 2014
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Antonio Pappano with the Orchestra dell’Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia  © Michael Größinger
Salzburg

Salzburg Festival: The Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia and Pappano celebrate Britten with War Requiem

By , 18 August 2013
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