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Verdi: Falstaff
Corrado Rovaris; Sir Jonathan Miller; New National Theatre; Isabella Bywater; Peter Petschnig; Tokyo Symphony Orchestra

DallasWagner's Das RheingoldNew production

Wagner: Das Rheingold
Emmanuel Villaume; Tomer Zvulun; Dallas Opera; Erhard Rom; Mattie Ullrich; Dallas Opera Orchestra; Nicholas Brownlee

BambergLe sacre du printemps

Dukas, Berlioz, Stravinsky
Bamberg Symphony; Krzysztof Urbański; Katharina Magiera

LeedsThe Cunning Little Vixen

Janáček: The Cunning Little Vixen
Garry Walker; David Pountney; Opera North; Maria Bjornson; Nick Chelton; Elin Pritchard

MadridSatélite 13: Florilegio - Madrigales del siglo XX

Pizzetti, Nees, Musgrave, Dallapiccola, Rousseau, Lauridsen
Alfonso Martín González; Paloma Friedhoff; Rosa Miranda; Marta Caamaño; Marta de Andrés


Dvořák: Rusalka
Adolf Melichar; Zdeněk Troška; Prague State Opera; Milan Ferenčík; Josef Jelínek; Prague State Opera Orchestra; Prague State Opera Chorus

SalfordThe Cunning Little Vixen

Janáček: The Cunning Little Vixen
Garry Walker; David Pountney; Opera North; Maria Bjornson; Nick Chelton; Elin Pritchard
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Picture perfect: a fine triple bill from the Guildhall School

Massenet, Smyth and Rota are unlikely bedfellows, but in the Guildhall School's Autumn production, a one-act opera by each contributed to a most convincing triple bill, all set around the La Scala Picturehouse in the 1920s.
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Mahler’s “Symphony of a Thousand” raises the Royal Albert Hall roof

A cast of hundreds – if not a thousand – assembles under Vasily Petrenko for a performance of grandeur and power in the Royal Albert Hall. 

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Experiment Rheingold: Tcherniakov’s new Ring at the Staatsoper Berlin

Thielemann and Tcherniakov forge a new Ring at the Berlin Staatsoper and raise great cheer.

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Waxing lyrical: rare Offenbach proves a hit

A human waxwork, a lottery win and circus buffoonery combine in a long-neglected Offenbach operetta, given a fizzing performance by the forces of Opera Rara and the London Philharmonic.
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Ball im Savoy: a spirited tribute to a forgotten composer in Prague

“An eye for an eye, a kiss for a kiss,” declares Madeleine in the knock-down battle of the sexes that is Paul Abraham's rarely staged operetta. 
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Lauren Fagan and Kang Wang excel in Adelaide's new Traviata

Sarah Giles directs a no-frills production for the State Opera of South Australia, but one that brims with emotion. 

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Season finale: a disappointing ending to Bayreuth's Götterdämmerung

Despite many perceptive details, Bayreuth's new Ring culminates in a rather damp squib of an ending.
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