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Instrument: Bass-baritone

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Santa FeDoctor AtomicNew production

Doctor Atomic
Adams: Doctor Atomic
Matthew Aucoin; Peter Sellars; Santa Fe Opera; David Gropman; Julia Bullock; Ryan McKinny; Daniel Okulitch

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

New York CityBernstein's Mass

Bernstein: Mass
Mostly Mozart Festival Orchestra; Louis Langrée; Davóne Tines; Elkhanah Pulitzer; Concert Chorale of New York; Unknown

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

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

BuxtonIdomeneo, rè di Creta

Paul Nilon (Idomeneo) © Richard Hubert Smith
Mozart: Idomeneo, rè di Creta
Nicholas Kok; Stephen Medcalf; Buxton Festival Chorus; Isabella Bywater; Paul Nilon; Rebecca Bottone; Heather Lowe
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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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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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A game of two halves: Ariadne auf Naxos at Longborough

Clare Presland (Composer) © Matthew Williams-Ellis
Ariadne auf Naxos shines in an ultra-contemporary world of high net worth tantrums at Longborough Festival Opera, complete with glam rock fairies, giant string, and glorious music. 
****1
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Tosca finally set in its own time and place

Brian Jagde (Cavaradossi) and Ainhoa Arteta (Tosca) © Luciano Romano
After a number of eccentric stagings, Mario Pontiggia's traditional production is a hit in Naples. 
***11
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Sir John in Love: the fat knight returns to Covent Garden

Sir Bryn Terfel (Falstaff) and Rupert © ROH | Catherine Ashmore
Sir Bryn Terfel’s Falstaff is still a cherishable rogue as he takes on the title role in Robert Carsen’s joyous staging at the Royal Opera. 
****1
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Staging, spectacle, singing: three-card trick at Savonlinna

Misha Didyk (Hermann) © Valtteri Hirvonen
This was more stadium rock than stuffy opera house, lighting as ‘metaphor made real’ as the lovers were – literally – star-struck, blinded by love.
****1
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Monsters of the mind: Idomeneo at the Buxton Festival

Paul Nilon (Idomeneo) © Richard Hubert Smith
Stephen Medcalf directs a coherent staging of Mozart’s opera seria in which Idomeneo’s inner demons are to be battled. 
***11
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