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MinneapolisWest Side Story

Bernstein: West Side Story
Unknown; Guthrie Opera Theatre Company

Vienna120 Jahre Volksoper Wien

Benatzky, Bernstein, Gershwin, Loewe, Lortzing, Millöcker, Offenbach, Puccini
Orchestra of the Vienna Volksoper; Alfred Eschwé; Chorus of the Vienna Volksoper; Christoph Wagner-Trenkwitz; Johanna Arrouas; Daniela Fally

LondonThe Second Violinist

Dennehy: The Second Violinist
Ryan McAdams; Enda Walsh; Irish National Opera; Crash Ensemble; Irish National Opera Chorus; Aaron Monaghan; Máire Flavin

SaarbrückenWest Side Story

Bernstein: West Side Story
Stefan Neubert; Armin Kerber; Saarländisches Staatstheater; Jann Messerli; Catherine Voeffray; Herdís Anna Jónasdóttir; Angelo Samartzis

RotterdamSleeping Beauty (4+)

Tchaikovsky: Sleeping Beauty: excerpts
Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra; Jonathon Heyward; Unknown

ZürichHäuptling Abendwind

Häuptling Abendwind
Offenbach: Evening Breeze, or the Horrible Feast
Thomas Barthel; Rüdiger Burbach; Zurich Opera; Anja Furthmann; Katharina von Bock; Fabienne Hadorn

GenevaThe Beggar's Opera

The Beggar's Opera
Gay: The Beggar's Opera
William Christie; Robert Carsen; Grand Théâtre de Genève; James Brandily; Petra Reinhardt; Olivia Brereton; Kate Batter
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Baroque meets jukebox musical: The Beggar’s Opera

The Beggar's Opera © Patrick Berger
A wry and topical new version of The Beggar’s Opera from Robert Carsen and Ian Burton from Théâtre des Bouffes du Nord is energetic, fun and amusing. Les Arts Florissants provide colourful Baroque accompaniment.
****1
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Superlative playing from the John Wilson Orchestra

Mikaela Bennett and Ross Lekites © BBC | Chris Christodoulou
The effervescent John Wilson and his orchestra make Bernstein's musical sparks fly.
***11
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Seattle Opera's Porgy and Bess is a vocal and dramatic stunner

Angel Blue (Bess) and Alfred Walker (Porgy) © Philip Newton
Seattle Opera's memorable Porgy and Bess excels with an exceptional cast who performed with utmost sympathy for their roles.
****1
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Ariadne aus Glasgow: a few twists at Opera Holland Park

Jennifer France (Zerbinetta) © Robert Workman
A spirited and seamless production of Strauss’s Ariadne is aided by some excellent singing and playing at London’s premier summer opera festival.
****1
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A game of two halves: Ariadne auf Naxos at Longborough

Clare Presland (Composer) © Matthew Williams-Ellis
Ariadne auf Naxos shines in an ultra-contemporary world of high net worth tantrums at Longborough Festival Opera, complete with glam rock fairies, giant string, and glorious music. 
****1
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Blissful soprano singing: Ariadne in Aix

Rupert Charlesworth (Dancing Master), Sabine Devieilhe (Zerbinetta) and troupe © Pascal Victor / Artcompress
Lise Davidsen and Sabine Devieilhe produce soprano heaven in their contrasting vocal styles. Katie Mitchell’s staging feels disappointingly familiar.
***11
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A knockabout Seraglio at Grange Festival

Jonathan Lemalu (Osmin) and Paul Curievici (Pedrillo) © Simon Annand
Directing Entführung at the grand old age of 85, John Copley gives us plenty of fun in the Pasha's palace. 
***11
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