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GhentPelléas et MélisandeNew Production

© Kati Heck | Courtesy Tim Van Laere Gallery, Antwerp
Debussy: Pelléas et Mélisande
Alejo Pérez; Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui; Opera Vlaanderen; Marina Abramović; Mari Eriksmoen; Jacques Imbrailo; Leigh Melrose

BudapestCosì fan tutte

Così fan tutte
Mozart: Così fan tutte
Péter Halász; Miklós Szinetár; Hungarian State Opera; Gábor Forray; Judit Schäffer; Klára Kolonits; Mária Celeng

CardiffTosca

Claire Rutter (Tosca) and Mark S Doss (Scarpia) © Richard Hubert Smith
Puccini: Tosca
Carlo Rizzi; Michael Blakemore; Welsh National Opera; Timothy Burke; Ashley Martin-Davis; Claire Rutter; Mary Elizabeth Williams

BerlinDie Zauberflöte

© Bettina Stöß
Mozart: Die Zauberflöte (The Magic Flute)
Ido Arad; Günter Krämer; Deutsche Oper Berlin; Nikolas Nägele; TBC; Andreas Reinhardt

KarlsruheSemele

Handel: Semele
Christopher Moulds; Floris Visser; Gideon Davey; Anna Devin; Alexandra Kadurina; Yang Xu

ZürichIdomeneoNew Production

Joseph Kaiser (Idomeneo) and Anna Stéphany (Idamante) © Monika Rittershaus
Mozart: Idomeneo, rè di Creta
Giovanni Antonini; Jetske Mijnssen; Zurich Opera; Gideon Davey; Dieuweke van Reij; Joseph Kaiser; Anna Stéphany

LeedsDon Giovanni

Elizabeth Atherton (Donna Elvira) and John Savournin (Leporello) © Bill Cooper
Mozart: Don Giovanni
Christoph Altstaedt; Alessandro Talevi; Opera North; Madeleine Boyd; William Dazeley; John Savournin
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Funny blends with sinister: witty Don Giovanni revival

Elizabeth Atherton (Donna Elvira) and John Savournin (Leporello) © Bill Cooper
Alessandro Talevi's production of Don Giovanni, conducted by Christoph Altstaedt, receives a welcome revival at the Grand Theatre, Leeds. 
****1
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Crime, punishment, forgiveness, redemption: Dead Man Walking finally reaches London

Michael Mayes (Joseph de Rocher) © Mark Allan | Barbican
Jake Heggie's spectacular vocal writing combine with Terence McNally's perfectly paced libretto to provide intense music drama which forces you to confront darkness.
*****
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A gaudy stand-and-sing Semiramide at the Met

Angela Meade (Semiramide) © Ken Howard | Metropolitan Opera
Despite a great cast, the Metropolitan Opera's revival of Semiramide bores with tacky costumes and no direction.
**111
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Baroque bawdiness at Komische Oper Berlin

Stephanie Houtzeel (Xerses), Nina Bernsteiner (Romila) and Nora Friedrichs (Atalanta) © Jaro Suffner
With many costume changes, notably into a Sun-King with very prominent phalic sunburst, Houtzeel held centre-stage in the title role.
****1
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Salonen revives Wing On Wing... and it flies!

Esa-Pekka Salonen © Clive Barda
Salonen's tribute to Gehry, Yasuhisa Toyota and Deborah Borda seems to come more from his brilliant visual palette than his emotional heart. 
****1
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Turin's Salome devoid of lunar magic

Erika Sunnegårdh (Salome) © Rammella & Giannese/Piva | Teatro Regio Torino
With so little of worth happening onstage, this performance requires a unanimously strong set of performances from the main cast.
**111
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New York Philharmonic shines in a concert performance of Die Walküre

Simon O'Neill © Askonas Holt
New York Philharmonic, under the strong leadership of its incoming music director, demonstrated that they can perform opera as well as symphonies in an impressive performance of Act 1 of Die Walküre.
***11
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