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LondonLa bohème

Puccini: La bohème
Russell Keable; Monica McGhee; Hazel McBain; Nico Darmanin; Nicholas Morris

AmsterdamLa clemenza di TitoNew Production

Florian Schuele and Ekaterina Scherbachenko (Vitellia) © Ruth Walz
Mozart: La clemenza di Tito
Teodor Currentzis; Peter Sellars; Dutch National Opera; George Tsypin; Robby Duiveman; Russell Thomas; Ekaterina Scherbachenko

MunichAus einem TotenhausNew Production

Aus einem Totenhaus
Janáček: From the House of the Dead
Simone Young; Frank Castorf; Bavarian State Opera; Aleksandar Denić; Adriana Braga Peretzki; Evgeniya Sotnikova; Manuel Günther

GlyndebourneMadama ButterflyNew production

Olga Busuioc (Cio-Cio San) © Robbie Jack
Puccini: Madama Butterfly
Omer Meir Wellber; Annilese Miskimmon; Glyndebourne Festival Opera; Benjamin Glassberg; Nicky Shaw; Olga Busuioc

LeedsKiss me, Kate

Kiss me, Kate
Porter: Kiss me, Kate
James Holmes; Jo Davies; Opera North; Oliver Rundell; Colin Richmond; Quirijn de Lang

TokyoFidelioNew Production

Fidelio
Beethoven: Fidelio
Taijiro Iimori; Katharina Wagner; New National Theatre; Julius Semmelmann; Thomas Kaiser; Stephen Gould; Hiroshi Kuroda

ExeterIl tabarro & Gianni Schicchi

© Richard Hubert Smith
Puccini
Michael Rosewell; James Conway; English Touring Opera; Neil Irish; Craig Smith; Sarah-Jane Lewis; Charne Rochford
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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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A religious experience at Prague Spring

Mary Bevan © Petra Hajská
Sir John Eliot Gardiner and his Baroque specialists continue their crusade to bring Bach's church cantatas to the modern world.
****1
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Alexander Balus: a wonderful performance

© Arianna Vendittelli
Why is Handel's wonderful oratorio Alexander Balus so rarely performed?  A performance at Herzfeld am Harz, as part of the Göttingen Handel festival, was musically splendid, despite cuts.
****1
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Thunder and lightning put an end to love in Komische Oper’s Semele

Nicole Chevalier (Semele), Katarina Bradić (Ino) and Ezgi Kutlu (Juno) © Monika Rittershaus
Handel’s Semele is presented as a flashback at the Komische Oper in Berlin. 
****1
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Eyvazov a magnificent Cavardossi in Philadelphia

Jennifer Rowley (Tosca) and Ambrogio Maestri (Scarpia) © Jessica Griffin | Philadelphia Orchestra
The Philadelphia Orchestra's superb semi-staged production of Tosca
*****
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A beautiful but infuriating Clemenza in Amsterdam

Florian Schuele and Ekaterina Scherbachenko (Vitellia) © Ruth Walz
The transfer of last year's Clemenza di Tito from Salzburg delights and irritates in equal measure.
***11
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A visually stunning Aida at Seattle Opera

Gordon Hawkins (Amonasro) and Leah Crocetto (Aida) © Philip Newton
Francesca Zambello's hip-hop graffiti staging of Aida comes to Seattle. 
***11
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Performers
Arthur, JudAyault, OlivierBakó, AntalBarberi, DominicBayley, CliveBeadle, IanBerg, NathanBest, MatthewBlackwell, PatrickBloom, JoshuaBouley, NoelBrook, MatthewBurns, MatthewBurton, DashonBuswell, MatthewCarico, SethCedel, BrandonCrawley, NicholasCrossley-Mercer, EdwinDahlmann, ThiloDawkins, TimothyDe Michelis, FedericoDürr, Karl-FriedrichFlor, KristianGabrielian, VartanGay, PaulGilfry, RodneyGleadow , RobertHambleton, TristanHeld, AlanHeurard, GeoffroyHolte, RaimundHughes, EvanJuzuitis, RaimundasKarnolsky, NicolaiKeightley, Paull-AnthonyKiria, MikheilKleeman, JeremyKlorek, KristofKokora, JouniKupfer, MichaelKupfer-Radecky, MichaelLapich, IlyaLavoie, TomislavLoges, StephanLong, FrederickLorentzson, AndersLutze, MatthiasMarabelli, EnricoMargheri, GianlucaMarquardt, MarkusMayer, FranzMcKinny, RyanMiroslaw, DanielMofidian, MichaelMolloy, JohnMorris, JamesMouret, Jean-BaptisteNaassy, CesarNelson, TimothyNikitin, EvgenyOkulitch, DanielOtsuka, HiroakiOwston, PatrickPaterson, IainPlachetka, AdamPomakov, RobertPrýgl, BorisPursell, ChristianPushniak, OleksandrReiter, AlfredRelyea, JohnRiches, AshleySaks, GidonSchmeckenbecher, JochenSchrott, ErwinSchwartz, MarkusSheehan, PaulShenyangShishlyaev, AlexeySilins, EgilsSingletary, DonovanSlater, AndrewSly, PhilippeSmoriginas, KostasSykes, JubilantSylvestre, AlexandreSándor, CsabaTerfel, Sir BrynThorpe, CallumTikhomirov, AlexeyTines, DavóneTravis, DaleTréguier, ChristianUnknownVan Horn, ChristianVolle, DietrichWagner, JosefWalker [Bass-baritone], PeterWalker, AlfredWeisser, JohannesWhite, Sir WillardWörner, DominikYoun, SamuelZaraev, AntonZwarg, Oliverde Lang, Quirijndi Pierro, Nahuel