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HannoverWest Side Story

Bernstein: West Side Story
Mark Rohde; Matthias Davids; Staatsoper Hannover; Stella Motina; Michael Pflumm; Maaike Schuurmans; Taddeo Pellegrini

DortmundWest Side Story

Bernstein: West Side Story
Philipp Armbruster; Gil Mehmert; Theater Dortmund; Jens Kilian; Falk Bauer; Irena Flury; Philipp Büttner

PhiladelphiaA Midsummer Night's Dream

A Midsummer Night's Dream
Britten: A Midsummer Night's Dream
Corrado Rovaris; Robert Carsen; Opera Philadelphia; Michael Levine; Tim Mead; Anna Christy

LeedsThe Rite of Spring / Gianni Schicchi

The Rite of Spring / Gianni Schicchi
Puccini, Stravinsky
Garry Walker; Christopher Alden; Opera North; Charles Edwards; Doey Lüthi; Richard Burkhard; Tereza Gevorgyan

ZürichHäuptling Abendwind

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

SalfordThe Rite of Spring / Gianni Schicchi

The Rite of Spring / Gianni Schicchi
Puccini, Stravinsky
Garry Walker; Christopher Alden; Opera North; Charles Edwards; Doey Lüthi; Richard Burkhard; Tereza Gevorgyan

BudapestJános Vitéz (John the Valiant)

© Attila Nagy
Kacsóh: János Vitéz (John the Valiant)
Márton Rácz; Sándor Palcsó; Hungarian State Opera; Attila Csikós; Judit Beda; Gergely Ujvári; Eszter Zavaros
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Violetter Schnee: Snowy apocalypse at the Staatsoper Berlin

Violetter Schnee © Monika Rittershaus

The world is sinking in "Violet Snow", as the opera by Beat Furrer, directed by Claus Guth, is given its world premiere at the Staatsoper unter den Linden. 

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Sensuality and solidarity in Zurich's new Così

Andrei Bondarenko (Guglielmo), Ruzan Mantashyan (Fiordiligi) and Francesco Guglielmino (“Sempronio”) © Monika Rittershaus
If ever a new production of a Mozart opera had a riveting backstory, this one is it. 
*****
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Idiomatic Bluebeard's Castle from the Hungarians in New York

András Palerdi (Bluebeard) and Ildikó Komlósi (Judith) © Attila Nagy | Hungarian State Opera
Powerful and evocative imagery, both literal and implied, lingered on beyond the drop of the curtain.
****1
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The Wizard of Oz arrives at Komische Oper

Christoph Späth (Scarecrow), Tom Erik Lie (Tin Man), Alma Sadé and Carsten Sabrowski (Lion) © Jaro Suffner
Pierangelo Valtinoni’s take on the classic story is a charming introduction to opera for children. 
****1
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An intense Jeanne d'Arc au bûcher in Amsterdam

Stéphane Denève © SWR | Villa Berg
Stéphane Denève and the RCO gave a powerful, meticulously prepared performance of Honegger’s dramatic oratorio about Joan of Arc.
*****
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West Side Story in Kansas City: Broadway flair meets opera style

Vanessa Becerra (Maria) and Andrew Bidlack (Tony) © Elise Bakketun
Zambello's politically re-'woke' West Side Story comes to Kansas.
***11
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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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