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MulhouseLa divisione del mondo

La divisione del mondo
Legrenzi: La divisione del mondo
Christophe Rousset; Jetske Mijnssen; Opéra National du Rhin; Herbert Murauer; Julia Katharina Berndt; Soraya Mafi; Ada Elodie Tuca

GenevaDas Rheingold

Das Rheingold
Wagner: Das Rheingold
Georg Fritzsch; Dieter Dorn; Grand Théâtre de Genève; Jürgen Rose; Tomás Tómasson; Stephan Rügamer

WashingtonEugene Onegin

Tchaikovsky: Eugene Onegin
Robert Trevino; Robert Carsen; Washington National Opera; Michael Levine; Anna Nechaeva; Lindsay Ammann; Alexey Dolgov

ColmarLa divisione del mondo

La divisione del mondo
Legrenzi: La divisione del mondo
Christophe Rousset; Jetske Mijnssen; Opéra National du Rhin; Herbert Murauer; Julia Katharina Berndt; Soraya Mafi; Ada Elodie Tuca

TokyoEine florentinische Tragödie / Gianni Schicchi

Eine florentinische Tragödie / Gianni Schicchi
Zemlinsky, Puccini
Ryusuke Numajiri; Aguni Jun; New National Theatre; Atsumi Yokota; Emi Masuda; Junko Saito; Vsevolod Grivnov

LiègeAnna BolenaNew production

Donizetti: Anna Bolena
Giampaolo Bisanti; Stefano Mazzonis di Pralafera; Opéra Royal de Wallonie-Liège; Gary McCann; Fernand Ruiz; Olga Peretyatko; Elaine Alvarez

BudapestTchaikovsky: Iolanta

Tchaikovsky: Iolanta
Tchaikovsky: Iolanta
Valery Gergiev; Mariinsky Opera; Irina Churilova; Stanislav Trofimov; Najmiddin Mavlyanov; Alexey Markov
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Stormy passions: The Red Priest and his Muses

Alina Pogostkina © Nikolaj Lund
Anna Maria della Pietà may not be the most celebrated violinists in history, but she inspired Antonio Vivaldi to write some of his finest concertos, two of which were heard in this tribute to three of the Red Priest's muses. 
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A finely gauged Walküre from Jurowski and the LPO

Ruxandra Donose and Stuart Skelton © Simon Jay Price
The chance to watch their finely gauged interpretation unfold on the Royal Festival Hall platform was a privilege.
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La Cetra dazzles in Juditha triumphans at Dutch National Opera

Gaëlle Arquez (Juditha) © Marco Borggreve

Floris Visser’s staging transforms Vivaldi’s biblical oratorio into a credible wartime drama. The young cast is proficient, and La Cetra Baroque Orchestra, conducted by Andrea Marcon, nothing short of miraculous.

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Blue is the new Violet: an outstanding Traviata debut

Angel Blue (Violetta Valéry) © ROH | Catherine Ashmore
On her house debut, in Covent Garden's second cast of the year, Angel Blue is completely convincing as Verdi's doomed courtesan; Benjamin Bernheim is an unconventional but compelling Alfredo; Simone Piazzola a persuasive Germont père.
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A pale Rheingold begins Teatro Real's revival of Carsen’s Ring

Greer Grimsley (Wotan) and Sophie Bevan (Freia) © Javier del Real | Teatro Real
Carsen's scaled-down Ring makes a timely comeback with a melancholy message of decay.
***11
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The lights are out in Allemonde: Pelléas at the Met

Isabel Leonard (Mélisande) © Karen Almond | Metropolitan Opera
Yannick Nézet-Séguin’s proves the highlight of a frustrating evening at The Metropolitan Opera
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Ermonela Jaho makes a haunting return to Covent Garden’s Traviata

Ermonela Jaho (Violetta) © ROH | Catherine Ashmore
The Albanian soprano, who made a spectacular jump-in for her house debut in Richard Eyre's production in 2008, makes a splendid return. 
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