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MinneapolisWest Side Story

Bernstein: West Side Story
Unknown; Guthrie Opera Theatre Company

BarcelonaManon LescautNew production

Gregory Kunde (Des Grieux) and Liudmyla Monastyrska (Manon) © A. Bofill
Puccini: Manon Lescaut
Emmanuel Villaume; Davide Livermore; Gran Teatre del Liceu; Giusi Giustino; Liudmyla Monastyrska; Gregory Kunde

SnappertunaWest Side Story

Bernstein: West Side Story
Patricia Borgman; Sixten Lundberg; Unknown; Petri Horttana; Vilma Eklöv

ManchesterThe Hallé - Magical Journeys

© The Hallé
Zimmer, Horner, Gregson-Williams, Sherman, Bennett, Williams, Gregson
The Hallé; Stephen Bell; Hallé Children's Choir; Unknown

BerlinBluebeardNew Production

Wolfgang Ablinger-Sperrhacke (Barbe-bleue) © Iko Freese | drama-berlin.de
Offenbach: Barbe-bleue
Stefan Soltesz; Stefan Herheim; Komische Oper Berlin; Christof Hetzer; Esther Bialas; Wolfgang Ablinger-Sperrhacke; Peter Renz

SnargateNever Such Innocence

Never Such Innocence
Unknown; Gamal Khamis

LondonAriadne auf Naxos

Ariadne auf Naxos
Strauss R.: Ariadne auf Naxos
Brad Cohen; Antony McDonald; Opera Holland Park; Mardi Byers; Kor-Jan Dusseljee; Jennifer France
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A forlorn Manon Lescaut arrives in Barcelona

Gregory Kunde (Des Grieux) and Liudmyla Monastyrska (Manon) © A. Bofill
Barcelona’s Gran Teatre del Liceu stages Puccini’s first great success as an operatic composer, Manon Lescaut with the stage direction of Davide Livermore. 
***11
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Truth and Wisdom: a searching Zauberflöte at Garsington

Louise Alder (Pamina) with Lucas Rebato, Frederick Jemison, Dionysios Sevastakis (Three Boys) © Johan Persson
A twist on the usual Enlightenment path, this is an admirable production, excellently executed.
****1
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Tuckett's Elisabeth is revived at the Barbican

Yury Yanowsky and Zenaida Yanowsky in Elizabeth © ROH | Tristram Kenton
Tuckett's richly-integrated Elizabeth contains some superb performances but is often overwhelmed in this transition to a much larger space 
***11
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On the female condition: two 20th-century operas in Turin

Anna Caterina Antonacci (Susanna) and Bruno Danjoux (Servant) © Rammella & Giannese/Piva | Teatro Regio Torino
Two different variations of the female conditions: one of 1909 and now utterly out-of-date, the second of 1959 much more ut-to-date.
****1
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Glittering Candide: a celebration at Carnegie Hall

Erin Morley (Cunegonde) © Chris Lee
Candide is a witty satiric fable, intelligent, literary but not to a fault, and vastly entertaining. Created by a team of collaborators who fell out at different times in the work’s 52 year history – at one point or another, Lillian Hellman, Richard Wilbur, John Latouche, Dorothy Parker, Stephen Sondheim and, of course, composer Leonard Bernstein had a hand in it – it is unique in the operat
*****
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Disappointing Candide in Auckland

Robert Tucker (supporting roles) and Amelia Berry (Cunegonde) © Simon Watt
Though occasionally entertaining, this production was ultimately unsatisfying as a stage presentation of Bernstein’s work. 
**111
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A boisterous romp at the Komische Oper

Wolfgang Ablinger-Sperrhacke (Barbe-bleue) © Iko Freese | drama-berlin.de
Stefan Herheim packs puns and gags into a three-hour long show, but less could have been more. 
***11
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