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RigaDon PasqualeNew Production

Don Pasquale
Donizetti: Don Pasquale
Mārtiņš Ozoliņš; Latvian National Opera; Francesco Esposito; Rihards Mačanovskis; Krišjānis Norvelis

ZürichTurandot

Turandot
Puccini: Turandot
Fabio Luisi; Giancarlo del Monaco; Zurich Opera; Peter Sykora; Martina Serafin; Aleksandrs Antonenko

ToulouseMacbeth

Vitaliy Bilyy (Macbeth), Béatrice Uria-Monzon (Lady Macbeth) © Patrice Nin
Verdi: Macbeth
Michele Gamba; Jean-Louis Martinoty; Théâtre du Capitole; Alfonso Caiani; Bernard Arnould; Daniel Ogier; Vitaliy Bilyy

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

AntwerpLa clemenza di TitoNew Production

© Kati Heck | Courtesy Tim Van Laere Gallery, Antwerp
Mozart: La clemenza di Tito
Stefano Montanari; Michael Hampe; Opera Vlaanderen; German Droghetti; Anat Edri; Agneta Eichenholz

GranadaLa novena de Beethoven

La novena de Beethoven
Beethoven: Symphony no. 9 in D minor "Choral", Op.125
Orquesta Ciudad de Granada; Andrea Marcon; Berna Perles; Karina Demurova; Airam Hernandez; Sebastià Peris i Marco

ViennaSamson et DalilaNew production

Elīna Garanča (Dalila) and Roberto Alagna (Samson) © Wiener Staatsoper | Michael Pöhn
Saint-Saëns: Samson et Dalila (Samson and Delilah)
Marco Armiliato; Alexandra Liedtke; Vienna State Opera; Raimund Orfeo Voigt; Su Bühler; Elīna Garanča; Roberto Alagna
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Patriotic fervour in Florence's La battaglia di Legnano

Giuseppe Gipali (Arrigo), Giuseppe Altomare (Rolando) and Vittoria Yeo (Lida) © Camilla Riccò | TerranovaProject Contrasto
Marco Tullio Giordana's new production at the Maggio Musicale may be static, but musically there's much to enjoy in this rare slice of middle-period Verdi.
****1
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Capriccio: Strauss’ swansong at the Staatsoper

Daniela Fally (Italian Singer) © Wiener Staatsoper | Michael Poehn
Vienna State Opera offered a solid production in which precious little gleamed.
***11
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Cynicism reigns in Katharina Wagner’s Fidelio in Tokyo

Michael Kupfer-Radecky (Don Pizarro), Ricarda Merbeth (Leonore) and Stephen Gould (Florestan) © Masahiko Terashi | New National Theatre, Tokyo
The most talked about new production in the New National Theatre Tokyo’s 20th anniversary season undercuts Beethoven’s idealism.
****1
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Seriously funny: Glyndebourne's Rosenkavalier

Rachel Willis-Sørensen (The Marschallin) © Robert Workman | Glyndebourne Festival 2018
Strauss' mix of bedroom farce, comedy of manners and bittersweet musing about aging is acted and sung superbly in this revival of Richard Jones' production.
*****
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Minnesota Opera's Thaïs: a bright star in Massenet’s galaxy of women

Lucas Meachem (Athanaël) © Cory Weaver
In a highly effective stage presentation, the Minnesota Opera tells Jules Massenet’s story of two personalities whose spiritual journeys are like two ships passing in the night.
****1
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A vibrant Street Scene in Glasgow

Street Scene © Robbie McFadzean | Royal Conservatoire of Scotland
Weill’s New York Street Scene is a successful ensemble end of year piece for the students of RCS, ably directed by Alexandra Spencer-Jones, Robert Houssart conducting with the orchestra on top form.
****1
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Tears on the picnic lawn: Madama Butterfly at Glyndebourne

Olga Busuioc (Cio-Cio San) © Robbie Jack
After dipping its toe in the cherry blossom for Glyndebourne's Tour in 2016, Annilese Miskimmon's staging of Puccini's gut-wrencher hits the main festival.
***11
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TobiasKellner, PeterKiechle, AlexanderKim, Byung GilKim, Hyun-SeokKim, JihoonKirof, GiorgiKiss, András KáldiKissin, YuriKlemm, StephanKnight, AlexanderKocán, ŠtefanKonieczny, LukaszKonieczny, TomaszKooij, PeterKorotkov, OlegKovács, IstvánKováts, KolosKowaljow, VitalijKristinsson, JóhannKrál, TomášKubo, KazunoriKubota, MasumiKudryavtsev, FelixKupfer, JochenKuroda, HiroshiKutny, AdamKuypers, TimKwon, YoungKöfler, FlorianKönig, Hans-PeterKöninger, DominikKöse, ÖnayLanchas, ValerianoLarsen, JensLaske, ThomasLavoie, TomislavLe Poidevin, MartinLee, Dong-HwanLefèvre, AimeryLegoux, NicolasLehman, ThomasLehner, Karl-HeinzLeigh, DavidLemalu, JonathanLeoni, LucianoLepore, CarloLi, LiangLloyd, RobertLobert, PeterLorentzson, AndersLuongo, AlessandroLuttinen, SamiLászló, SzentimreiMakarov, DenisManukyan, SurenMarsden, AdamMartiník, JanMartirossian, TigranMartín-Royo, JoanMastroni, AndreaMasu, TakashiMaxwell, DonaldMayer, Thomas CMayr, ReinhardMačanovskis, RihardsMbia, FlorentMcKay, 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LeventeQuiza, BorjaRabec, HugoRadó, Fernando JavierRak, TomaszRamón, Josep MiquelRea, BarnabyRichardson, StephenRieger, ChristianRiihonen, TimoRobinson, DeanRobinson, MorrisRomano, Marco FilippoRosalen, AbramoRose, MatthewRose, PeterRosen, AlexRosenius, ErikRosiello, MarcelloRoslavets, AlexanderRumetz, PaoloRutherford, JamesRydl, KurtRácz, IstvánRóbertsson, Andri BjörnRönnebeck, TilmannSagona, GabrieleSanderson, CarlScandiuzzi, RobertoScheeben, ChristophSchelomianski, MischaSchmidt, DirkSchmutzhard, DanielSchubert, RolandSchwandtke, FelixSchwarz, GottholdSchwinghammer, WilhelmSchöne, WolfgangSebestyén, MiklósSelig, Franz-JosefSevenich, StefanShapovalov, ViktorSherratt, BrindleyShibambu, SimonShimura, FumihikoShipley, DavidShishlyaev, AlexeyShkarupa, GrigoryShokalo, YevhenShtonda, TarasSiljanov, MilanSilvestrelli, AndreaSim, In-SungSim, KihwanSinger, LucasSivko, AnatoliSiwek, RafałSmiljanić, BožidarSnell, MartinSoar, DavidSoasepp, KoitSong, IldoSooster, EvertSoulès, SébastianSpehar, MarkoSpotti, MarcoSpångberg, NiklasStainsby, JonStainsby, JonathanStanchev, IvoStavinsky, EvgenySteffens, DavidStoker, LukeSuihkonen, MarkusSulženko, JiříSumegi, DanielSvetlov, MikhailSzabó, BálintSzvétek, LászlóSzüle, TamásSâmpetrean, AdrianSöderlund, NicholasTBCTagliavini, RobertoTalos, BogdanTeeuwen, HarryTeitgen, JeanTesté, NicolasThirion, IvanTimoshenko, MikhailTinkler, AndrewTittoto, LucaTomlinson, Sir JohnTrofimov, StanislavTsaousidis, DionysiosTsibulko, OlegTsumaya, HidekazuTsymbalyuk, AlexanderTómasson, TomásUlivieri, NicolaUlyanov, DmitryUlybin, RomanUnderwood, GilesUnknownUrbanowicz, BartoszValentiy, AndreiVan Mellaerts, JulienVarnier, JérômeVele, LuděkVelev, DenisVemic, SavaVerna, AlessioVieweg, MatthiasVinogradov, AlexanderVolle, MichaelWaddington, HenryWaldig, JensWallace, MichaelWallington, LawrenceWalshe, RichardWand, UlrichWard, John TaylorWatson, KeelWelton, DerekWernstedt, FrankWhelan, PaulWhite, JeremyWilcox, PhilipWilde, ScottWilliams, DouglasWilmering, MichaelWinslade Anderson, RobertWitczak, DavidWoldt, LarsWolf, AndreasWolff, KonstantinWoodley, ArthurWorms, GuilhemWörner, DominikYandell, DingleYeo, ShinYoun, KwangchulYılmaz, OğulcanZahradníček, FrantišekZanellato, RiccardoZeppenfeld, GeorgZhang, WenweiZielke, PatrickZsigmond, Gézade Lavignere, Louisdi Stefano, Donatovon Schulman, HenningŠťáva, Jan