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ZürichDas tapfere SchneiderleinNew production

Das tapfere Schneiderlein
Mitterer: Das tapfere Schneiderlein
Ann-Katrin Stöcker; Kai Anne Schuhmacher; Zurich Opera; Tobias Flemming; Luca Bernard; Nathan Haller

ZürichL'elisir d'amore

L'elisir d'amore © Judith Schlosser (2014/15)
Donizetti: L'elisir d'amore
Nikolas Nägele; Grischa Asagaroff; Zurich Opera; Tullio Pericoli; Mané Galoyan; Mauro Peter

AmsterdamLe nozze di Figaro

Dutch National Opera (De Nationale Opera)
Mozart: Le nozze di Figaro (The Marriage of Figaro)
Riccardo Minasi; David Bösch; Dutch National Opera; Patrick Bannwart; Meentje Nielsen; Davide Luciano; Ruzan Mantashyan

PragueThe Cunning Little VixenConcert performance

© Sim Canetty-Clarke
Janáček: The Cunning Little Vixen
Sir John Eliot Gardiner; Jan Martiník; Elena Tsallagova; Kateřina Kněžíková; Jarmila Balážová

ZürichSimon BoccanegraNew production

Simon Boccanegra
Verdi: Simon Boccanegra
Fabio Luisi; Andreas Homoki; Zurich Opera; Christian Schmidt; Christian Gerhaher; Christof Fischesser

MadridDon Giovanni

Don Giovanni
Mozart: Don Giovanni
Ivor Bolton; Claus Guth; Teatro Real; Christian Schmidt; Christopher Maltman; Adrian Eröd

LondonLSO/Rattle: The Dream of Gerontius

© London Symphony Orchestra
Elgar: The Dream of Gerontius, Oratorio for soloists chorus and orchestra, Op.38
London Symphony Orchestra; Simon Halsey; Stuart Skelton; Alice Coote; John Relyea; London Symphony Chorus
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In the footsteps of Hafez: exploring Persian poetry at Oxford Lieder

Ian Bostridge © Oxford Lieder
A deep-dive into the world of 14th-century Persian poet, Hafez, and his influence on song across the centuries. 
****1
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An engaging revival of Simon Boccanegra at the Wiener Staatsoper

Najmiddin Mavlyanov (Gabriele), Plácido Domingo (Boccanegra) and Hibla Gerzmava (Amelia) © Michael Pöhn | Wiener Staatsoper GmbH
Tragic love, deceit, retribution... and Plácido Domingo. Despite its darkness, the Wiener Staatsoper's revival of Simon Boccanegra makes for an enjoyable evening. 
****1
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Macerata's Don Giovanni: a yellow cab to hell

Tommaso Barea (Leporello), Mattia Olivieri (Don Giovanni) and Valentina Mastrangelo (Donna Elvira) © Tabocchini Zanconi
Livermore's staging implies two different storylines – do we only see the result of Don Giovanni's hallucinations?
****1
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A defiant Deutsche Oper's reduced open-air Rheingold

Padraic Rowan (Donner/Froh), Tobias Kehrer (Fafner), A. Schlicht (Fricka), Flurina Stucki (Freia) © Bernd Uhlig
Deutsche Oper Berlin returns in rousing style with a pared-down, open-air Rheingold on its “Parkdeck”.
****1
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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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