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BarcelonaLa favorite

© Antoni Bofill
Donizetti: La Favorite
Patrick Summers; Ariel García Valdés; Gran Teatre del Liceu; Jean-Pierre Vergier; Ksenia Dudnikova; Stephen Costello

Moreton-in-MarshAriadne auf Naxos | Longborough Festival Opera

Clare Presland (Composer) © Matthew Williams-Ellis
Strauss R.: Ariadne auf Naxos
Anthony Negus; Alan Privett; Longborough Festival Opera; Faye Bradley; Helena Dix; Jonathan Stoughton; Robyn Allegra Parton

Aix-en-ProvenceDie Zauberflöte

Trial by water: Stanislas de Barbeyrac (Tamino), Mari Eriksmoen (Pamina) © Pascal Victor | artcompress
Mozart: Die Zauberflöte (The Magic Flute)
Raphaël Pichon; Simon McBurney; Michael Levine; Nicky Gillibrand; Stanislas de Barbeyrac; Mari Eriksmoen

LondonAriadne auf Naxos

Jennifer France (Zerbinetta) © Robert Workman
Strauss R.: Ariadne auf Naxos
Brad Cohen; Antony McDonald; Opera Holland Park; Mardi Byers; Kor-Jan Dusseljee; Jennifer France

SavonlinnaQueen of SpadesNew production

Misha Didyk (Hermann) © Valtteri Hirvonen
Tchaikovsky: The Queen of Spades (Pique-Dame)
Alexander Vedernikov; Jere Erkkilä; Jani Uljas; Yulia Mazurova; Melis Jaatinen; Irina Churilova

BarcelonaLa favorite

© Antoni Bofill
Donizetti: La Favorite
Patrick Summers; Ariel García Valdés; Gran Teatre del Liceu; Jean-Pierre Vergier; Miren Urbieta Vega; Clémentine Margaine; Roger Padullés

Santa FeMadame Butterfly

Madame Butterfly
Puccini: Madama Butterfly
John Fiore; Matthew Ozawa; Santa Fe Opera; Jean-Marc Puissant; Brigitte Reiffenstuel; Kelly Kaduce; Ana María Martínez
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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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Riccardo Muti conducts a majestic Macbeth in Ravenna

Riccardo Muti conducting the Orchestra del Maggio Musicale Fiorentino © Silvia Lelli
Muti unlocks the immense dramatic potential of Verdi's revolutionary score, providing a wealth of colour and detail capable of conjuring mysterious Shakespearean worlds with no need for staging.
*****
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Petrenko and a luxury cast graces Il trittico in Munich

Ermonela Jaho (Suor Angelica) © Wilfired Hösl
Petrenko's Puccini is bracingly alert, filled with colour and has a romantic sweep that is utterly transporting.
*****
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Nelsons sheds light on Puccini's canvas

Jonathan Tetelman and Kristine Opolais © Hilary Scott
Under Andris Nelsons' baton, the musical canvas was remarkably supple with proper light shed on Puccini’s melodic inventiveness and wondrous orchestration.
****1
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Mascagni's Isabeau at Opera Holland Park

Anne Sophie Duprels (Isabeau) © Ali Wright
An embarrassingly trite libretto proves unsalvageable, even with a committed cast of singers.
*1111
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A solid, dramatic staging for Rigoletto in Naples

Saimir Pirgu (The Duke of Mantua) and Nino Surguladze (Maddalena) © Francesco Squeglia
A trusty and convincing version of the masterpiece, with a cast of well-matched singers.
****1
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Jürgen Flimm's farewell to the Staatsoper Berlin

Laura Aikin (Singer) © Clärchen und Matthias Baus
Jürgen Flimm bowed out of his role as Intendant of the Berlin State Opera with the German premiere of Salvatore Sciarrino's Ti vedo, ti sento, mi perdo.
***11
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