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GothenburgAriadne auf Naxos

Ariadne auf Naxos
Strauss R.: Ariadne auf Naxos
Patrik Ringborg; Rodula Gaitanou; Göteborg Opera; George Souglides; Annalena Persson; Sofie Asplund

LondonThe Marriage of FigaroNew Production

© Jane Hobson
Mozart: Le nozze di Figaro (The Marriage of Figaro)
Christopher Stark; Blanche McIntyre; English Touring Opera; Neil Irish; Dawid Kimberg; Nadine Benjamin; Ross Ramgobin

LiverpoolMozart's Requiem

Mozart's Requiem
Haydn, Mozart
Maxim Emelyanychev; Ruby Hughes; Claudia Huckle; Thomas Walker; Darren Jeffery

LeipzigCinderella

© Kirsten Nijhof
Rossini: La Cenerentola (Cinderella)
Anthony Bramall; Lindy Hume; Oper Leipzig; Dan Potra; Magdalena Hinterdobler; Wallis Giunta; Sandra Janke

TruroThe Marriage of FigaroNew Production

© Jane Hobson
Mozart: Le nozze di Figaro (The Marriage of Figaro)
Christopher Stark; Blanche McIntyre; English Touring Opera; Neil Irish; Dawid Kimberg; Nadine Benjamin; Ross Ramgobin

HannoverCandide

Bernstein: Candide
Cameron Burns; Matthias Davids; Staatsoper Hannover; Mathias Fischer-Dieskau; Susanne Hubrich; Ania Vegry; Diane Pilcher

PooleThe Marriage of FigaroNew Production

© Jane Hobson
Mozart: Le nozze di Figaro (The Marriage of Figaro)
Christopher Stark; Blanche McIntyre; English Touring Opera; Neil Irish; Dawid Kimberg; Nadine Benjamin; Ross Ramgobin
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Götterdämmerung splutters to a tepid conclusion in Dresden

Andreas Schager (Siegfried) and Petra Lang (Brünnhilde) © Klaus Gigga
With a plethora of theatre seats, stools and benches it was as if Willy Decker and Wolfgang Gussman had been elected ‘Chair-men of the bored”.
***11
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Valkyries scramble over theatre seats

Vitalij Kowaljow (Wotan) and Petra Lang (Brünnhilde) © Klaus Gigga
Christian Thielemann and the Staatskapelle Dresden orchestra are let down by sub-optimal singers in Willy Deckers chair-laden production of  Die Walküre
***11
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All hands on Decker for Das Rheingold in Dresden

Albert Dohmen (Alberich) © Klaus Gigga
Wagner demands vocal resilience from the large cast of singers in Das Rheingold, but Willy Decker wants strong thigh muscles as well.
***11
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"It must be so": Handel's Jephtha

Ian Bostridge (Jephtha) and Katherine Watson (Iphis) © Monika Rittershaus | Opéra national de Paris
Claus Guth's production of Handel's last oratorio lands in Paris, where William Christie leads Les Arts Florissants and a stellar cast. 
****1
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Tradition triumphs at La Scala

Anna Netrebko (Maddalena) and Yusif Eyvazov (Andrea Chénier) © Brescia/Amisano | Teatro alla Scala
The big season opener at La Scala offers few surprises in a traditional staging, although Yusif Eyvazov proved his worth in the title role. 
***11
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As English as roast beef: YNS and OM in Paris

Marie-Nicole Lemieux and Yannick Nézet-Séguin © François Goupil
On the last leg of their first international tour, the Orchestre Métropolitain and Yannick Nézet-Séguin fully embraced Elgar after a francophone first half of Berlioz and Saint-Saëns. 
****1
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Cavalli's Erismena charms in Versailles

Andrea Bonsignore (Agrippo), Jakub Józef Orliński (Orimeno) and Francesca Aspromonte (Erismena) © Pascal Victor
A young, vibrant cast brings to life a rarely performed Baroque opera, in the production from the Festival d'Aix-en-Provence.
***11
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