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Sir Thomas Allen with the Inquisition © Mark Allan
London

Missing too many bullseyes: Bernstein's Candide semi-staged by the LSO

By , 08 December 2018
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Laura Zigmantaite (Dryad), Mardi Byers (Ariadne), Elizabeth Cragg (Naiad) and Lucy Hall (Echo) © Richard Campbell
Glasgow

Scottish Opera’s Ariadne auf Naxos is witty and passionate

By , 24 March 2018
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Susan Graham (Hanna Glawari) © Marty Sohl | Metropolitan Opera
New York City

The Met's Merry Widow fails to convince

By , 16 December 2017
***11
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AJ Glueckert (Bacchus) © Robert Workman
Glyndebourne

Keep calm and carry on singing: love and art overcome wartime adversity in Glyndebourne’s Ariadne

By , 25 June 2017
****1
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The Hallé and Sir Mark Elder © The Hallé
Manchester

A shattering Gurre-Lieder from the Hallé, BBC Philharmonic and Sir Mark Elder

By , 04 June 2017
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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
****1
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Ben McAteer (Figaro) and Anna Devin (Susanna) © Bill Cooper
Glasgow

Borderline sumptuous: Scottish Opera revives The Marriage of Figaro

By , 12 October 2016
****1
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Anne Sofie von Otter, John Tomlinson, Christine Rice, Amanda Echalaz & David Adam Moore © Monika Rittershaus | Salzburger Festspiele
Salzburg

The Exterminating Angel: A Salzburg world première in a surreal atmosphere

By , 28 July 2016
****1
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Sir Thomas Allen © Sussie Ahlburg
Manchester

Sir Thomas Allen and Joseph Middleton: Echoes of a Mountain Song

By , 30 March 2016
*****
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Jane Archibald (Zerbinetta) and Karita Mattila (Prima donna) © Catherine Ashmore | ROH
London

Karita Mattila a peerless Ariadne at the Royal Opera

By , 10 October 2015
***11
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Aleksandra Kurzak (Fiorilla) © Tristram Kenton | ROH
London

Kurzak and Pidò inspire a rumbustious Turco in Italia in Caurier and Leiser's Dolce Vita production

By , 11 April 2015
****1
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Renée Fleming (Hanna Glawari) © Ken Howard | The Metropolitan Opera
New York City

Gala opening to The Merry Widow at The Metropolitan Opera

By , 31 December 2014
***11
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Sir Thomas Allen © Sussie Ahlburg
Gateshead

Britten in Gateshead: The North East's War Requiem

By , 08 November 2014
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Karita Mattila (Ariadne) © Catherine Ashmore
London

Naxos capitulates, Mattila’s Ariadne reigns

By , 25 June 2014
****1
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Sally Matthews (Blanche) © Stephen Cummisky
London

Minimalist intensity: Robert Carsen's Dialogues des Carmélites at Covent Garden

By , 29 May 2014
***11
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©  James Glossop 2013
Glasgow

Scottish Opera's sinister Venetian Don Giovanni suits the dark tale perfectly

By , 26 October 2013
***11
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Robin Ticciati  © Marco Borggeve
Edinburgh

Edinburgh International Festival: Scottish Chamber Orchestra play Fauré's Requiem led by Robin Ticciati

By , 17 August 2013
****1
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Ildebrando D'Arcangelo and Marlis Petersen  ©  Dan Rest
Chicago

Don Pasquale sparkles at the Lyric Opera of Chicago

By , 25 November 2012
****1
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Richard Burkhard as Papageno in Scottish Opera's The Magic Flute  ©  Ken Dundas
Glasgow

Scottish Opera's steampunk Magic Flute delights

By , 27 October 2012
****1
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Castronova as Ferrando and Bystrom as Fiordiligi  ©  ROH 2012 / Johan Persson
London

Miller's no-frills Mozart is back: Così fan tutte at the Royal Opera House

By , 27 January 2012
****1
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New York City

Ariadne auf Naxos

By , 10 May 2011
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Kathleen Kim as Zerbinetta  ©  Cory Weaver / Metropolitan Opera
New York City

Wacky Ariadne Marvels But Isn't Marvelous

By , 07 May 2011
****1
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Christine Rice as Hansel and Ailish Tynan as Gretel  ©  2010 The Royal Opera / Johan Persson
London

Hurrah! The Witch is Dead!

By , 29 December 2010
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