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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

Santa FeThe Italian Girl in Algiers

The Italian Girl in Algiers
Rossini: L'italiana in Algeri (The Italian Girl in Algiers)
Corrado Rovaris; Shawna Lucey; Santa Fe Opera; Robert Innes Hopkins; David C. Woolard; Daniela Mack; Jack Swanson

LondonProm 11: Mahler Symphony of a Thousand

Mahler: Symphony no. 8 in E flat major "Symphony of a Thousand"
BBC National Orchestra of Wales; Thomas Søndergård; Tamara Wilson; Camilla Nylund; Joélle Harvey; Christine Rice

BrugesFrauenliebe und -leben

Schumann, Mendelssohn-Hensel
Wiebke Lehmkuhl; Ulrike Payer

LucerneLondon Symphony Orchestra and Chorus

Ravel
Sir Simon Rattle; Magdalena Kožená; Jane Archibald; Marie-Nicole Lemieux; Anna Stéphany

ZürichLa verità in cimento, RV 739

La verità in cimento, RV 739
Vivaldi: La verità in cimento, RV 739
Ottavio Dantone; Jan Philipp Gloger; Zurich Opera; Ben Baur; Karin Jud; Julie Fuchs; Liliana Nikiteanu

OxfordYoung Artist Platform: Jessica Dandy & Dylan Perez

Young Artist Platform: Jessica Dandy & Dylan Perez
Schubert, Brahms, Wolf, Tchaikovsky, Montsalvatge
Jessica Dandy; Dylan Perez
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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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A metaphor for the modern world in Zurich

Julie Fuchs (Poppea) © Monika Rittershaus
Calixto Bieito sets Monteverdi’s L’incoronazione di Poppea in a hedonist, decadent society whose citizens are defined by their egotism, ambition and sexual exploits.
****1
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Kosky's Nose comes home to Komische Oper

Günter Papendell (Platon Kuzmich Kovalyov) © Iko Freese | drama-berlin.de
Shostakovich's early masterpiece is fêted at the Komische Oper Berlin
****1
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Cardillac at the Maggio Musicale Fiorentino

Cardillac © Michele Borzoni | TerraProject/Contrasto
The in-house orchestra played out of its skin under Fabio Luisi.
****1
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A warm, but basic Figaro from ETO

Rachel Redmond (Susanna) and Nadine Benjamin (Countess) © Jane Hobson
ETO's production of Mozart's nuptial comedy, being performed in towns across the country, lacks depth but has some terrific singing with a particularly fine Susanna from Rachel Redmond.
***11
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Romaniw thrills in Scottish Opera’s epic Eugene Onegin

Natalya Romaniw (Tatyana) © James Glossop
Director Oliver Mears turns Scottish Opera’s Eugene Onegin into a memory play, with fine singing from a strong cast starring Natalya Romaniv as a thrilling Tatyana.  
****1
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Starry performance can’t lift Caldara’s Planets to the skies

Andrea Marcon © Marco Borggreve
Accomplished performances from the cast and La Cetra Baroque Orchestra can’t fully compensate the shortcomings of Caldara’s Harmony of the Planets.
***11
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