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LeipzigDer fliegende Holländer

Der fliegende Holländer
Wagner: Der fliegende Holländer (The Flying Dutchman)
Ulf Schirmer; Michiel Dijkema; Oper Leipzig; Christoph Gedschold; Jula Reindell; Iain Paterson

LeipzigDie Zauberflöte

© Tom Schulze
Mozart: Die Zauberflöte (The Magic Flute)
David Reiland; Ralf Nürnberger; Oper Leipzig; Yadegar Asisi; Claudia Rühle; Matthias Stier; Patrick Vogel

MunichAlceste

Alceste
Gluck: Alceste
Antonello Manacorda; Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui; Bavarian State Opera; Henrik Ahr; Jan-Jan Van Essche; Stanislas de Barbeyrac; Dorothea Röschmann

StockholmLa fanciulla del WestNew production

© Klara G
Puccini: La fanciulla del West
Alan Gilbert; Christof Loy; Royal Swedish Opera; Herbert Murauer; Malin Byström; Andrea Carè

LondonEugene OneginNew production

Eugene Onegin
Tchaikovsky: Eugene Onegin
Dane Lam; Julia Burbach; Opera Holland Park; takis; Samuel Dale Johnson; Anush Hovhannisyan

StockholmBeethoven 250: Missa Solemnis

Beethoven: Mass in D Major "Missa solemnis”, Op.123
Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra; Daniel Harding; Swedish Radio Choir; Mari Eriksmoen; Ann Hallenberg; Andrew Staples

StockholmBeethoven 250: Symphony no. 9

Beethoven: Symphony no. 9 in D minor "Choral", Op.125
Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra; Daniel Harding; Swedish Radio Choir; Mari Eriksmoen; Ann Hallenberg; Andrew Staples
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Beethoven keeps the flame burning

Esa-Pekka rehearses 1808 Reconstructed with the Philharmonia © Camilla Greenwell
Directed by Gerard McBurney, this concert recreated the marathon Akademie conducted by Beethoven in Vienna which saw the premieres of four major works. 
*****
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Aleksandra Kurzak impresses in latest Covent Garden Traviata revival

Aleksandra Kurzak taking her curtain call © Mark Pullinger
In its 25th anniversary season, Richard Eyre's production continues to attract the world's great sopranos to the role of Violetta, the latest being Aleksandra Kurzak. 
****1
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Wellber and the BBC Philharmonic mark Beethoven 250 in Manchester

Omer Meir Wellber © Jens Gerber
Taking snapshots from 1806 and 1807, the BBC Philharmonic present two works from Beethoven’s middle period, with high musical standards and the Dresden Chamber Choir on superb form.
****1
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An immensely dramatic opera: Le Prophète in Berlin

Gregory Kunde (Jean de Leyde), Deutsche Oper Berlin 2017 © Bettina Stöss
Meyerbeer's tale of the Anabaptist rebellion in the 16th-century religious wars proves to be a powerful thriller, with Clémentine Margaine and Gregory Kunde leading a very strong singing cast.
****1
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JPYA make a decent fist of Handel's Susanna in the Linbury Theatre

Patrick Terry (Joacim) and Masabane Cecilia Rangwanasha (Susanna) © ROH | Stephen Cummiskey
The evening’s most unbuttoned applause was reserved for two native anglophone artists, countertenor Patrick Terry and bass-baritone Michael Mofidian.
***11
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François Girard's new Fliegende Holländer disappoints at The Met

Evgeny Nikitin (Holländer) © Ken Howard | Met Opera
François Girard’s production presents the moody, stormy atmosphere of Norwegian seascapes with stunning visuals, but offers few fresh ideas on the doomed love between the Dutchman and Senta.
***11
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Astrid Kessler nails the title role in Arabella in Zurich

Julia Kleiter (Arabella), Aleksandra Kubas-Kruk (The Fiakermilli) and chorus © Toni Suter
Using the Nazi regime as his Leitmotif, Canadian director Robert Carsen brings Richard Strauss’ Arabella to the Zurich stage. 
***11
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