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BerlinCarmen

Carmen
Bizet: Carmen
Stephan Zilias; Ole Anders Tandberg; Deutsche Oper Berlin; Jacques Lacombe; Erlend Birkeland; Maria Geber; Irene Roberts

BudapestLucia di Lammermoor

Lucia di Lammermoor
Donizetti: Lucia di Lammermoor
Balázs Kocsár; Máté Szabó; Hungarian State Opera; Peter Valentovic; Balázs Cziegler; Ildikó Tihanyi; Csaba Szegedi

TorontoCosì fan tutte

Così fan tutte © Michael Cooper
Mozart: Così fan tutte
Bernard Labadie; Atom Egoyan; Canadian Opera Company; Debra Hanson; Kirsten MacKinnon; Emily D'Angelo

LeipzigLucia di Lammermoor

© Kirsten Nijhof
Donizetti: Lucia di Lammermoor
Anthony Bramall; Katharina Thalbach; Oper Leipzig; Momme Röhrbein; Angelika Rieck; Mathias Hausmann; Bianca Tognocchi

PhiladelphiaA Midsummer Night's Dream

Tim Mead (Oberon) and Miltos Yerolemou (Puck) © Kelly & Massa for Opera Philadelphia
Britten: A Midsummer Night's Dream
Corrado Rovaris; Robert Carsen; Opera Philadelphia; Michael Levine; Tim Mead; Anna Christy

ZürichHänsel und GretelNew production

Marina Prudenskaya (Witch) © T+T/Tanja Dorendorf
Humperdinck: Hänsel und Gretel
Markus Poschner; Robert Carsen; Zurich Opera; Fabio Luisi; Michael Richter; Gideon Davey

GenevaGötterdämmerung

Götterdämmerung
Wagner: Götterdämmerung
Georg Fritzsch; Dieter Dorn; Grand Théâtre de Genève; Alan Woodbridge; Jürgen Rose; Petra Lang
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Young Mozart returns to Venice: Il sogno di Scipione

Il sogno di Scipione © Michele Crosera
Three sopranos and three tenors express a catalogue of "affections" in musical numbers full of coloratura and virtuosic effects that are already 100% Mozart despite the young age of the composer.
****1
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Elektra: Great success for Nina Stemme’s Lyric Opera debut

Michaela Martens (Klytaemnestra) and Nina Stemme (Elektra) © Cory Weaver

The Lyric revives Sir David McVicar’s production of Strauss’ horrific tale with a superb cast led by Swedish “helden-soprano” Nina Stemme.

****1
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Mesmerising Akhnaten returns to ENO

Anthony Roth Costanzo (Akhnaten) © Jane Hobson
Philip Glass' hypnotic opera returns in Phelim McDermott's outstanding production that respects the solemn, statuesque grandeur and epic ritual of the score. 
*****
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Outstanding singing in COC’s Così fan tutte

Così fan tutte © Michael Cooper
Despite an abundance of incongruous symbols, this Toronto performance was remarkable for its outstanding singing.
****1
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Ballo II, the American cut: an indigestible staging at WNO

Gwyn Hughes Jones (Riccardo) and Mary Elizabeth Williams (Amelia) © Bill Cooper
Musically, WNO gets it right. Straightforward brilliance is the order of the day, and plenty of it.
***11
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Carsen's Dream conquers a new fan base in Philadelphia

Tim Mead (Oberon) and Miltos Yerolemou (Puck) © Kelly & Massa for Opera Philadelphia
The director's world-renowned 1991 conception of Benjamin Britten's 1960 operaA Midsummer Night's Dream finally makes it to America. 
*****
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Anne Sofie von Otter dominates the scene in Stockholm's Carmélites

Anne Sofie von Otter (Madame de Croissy) © Micke Sandström | Kungliga Operan

The Royal Swedish Opera revives Garpe’s production of Poulenc’s Dialogues des Carmélites with a committed cast.

***11
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VincentHull, NathanHume, LindyHörnig, KristinIorio, SimonJones, RichardJoosten, GuyJoël, NicolasJun, AguniKaegi, DieterKahn, MarielleKaraman, ImmoKazaras, PeterKelo, AnnaKent, JonathanKentridge, WilliamKerényi, Miklós-GáborKessler, AnneKimmig, StephanKirchner, AlfredKlepper, FlorentineKnabe, TilmanKokkos, YannisKonchalovsky, AndreiKonwitschny, PeterKosky, BarrieKovalik, BalázsKramer, DanielKratzer, TobiasKrenn, Philipp M.Krief, DenisKriegenburg, AndreasKrämer, GünterKuntze, KayKupfer, HarryKuriyama, TamiyaKušej, MartinKáel, CsabaKöhler, AxelKöpplinger, Josef ErnstLahti, KatariinaLaidet, PaulineLamm, EllenLane, AmyLang, DavidLangridge, StephenLanik, TinaLao, EduardoLaufenberg, Uwe-EricLauwers, JanLavia, GabrieleLawless, StephenLee, BaayorkLenz, UlrichLepage, RobertLesort, ValérieLetellier, OlivierLigorio, CeciliaLivermore, DavideLloyd-Evans, MartinLohner, HelmutLopez, MathildeLoschky, NadjaLoy, ChristofLubek, JulienLund, PeterLuscombe, ChrisLychagina, IrinaLópez, EmilioMadia, GiorgioMarchment, EllaMarelli, Marco ArturoMarthaler, ChristophMartinoty, Jean-LouisMarton, DavidMartone, MarioMaunder, StuartMayer, MichaelMazzonis di Pralafera, StefanoMcAdam, LynneMcBurney, SimonMcDermott, PhelimMcDonald, AntonyMcKneely, JoeyMcQuilken, MichaelMcSweeny, EthanMcVicar, Sir DavidMedcalf, StephenMehmert, GilMeyer, RobertMeyer-Oertel, FriedrichMicheli, FrancescoMichieletto, DamianoMielitz, ChristineMijnssen, JetskeMiller, JennyMiller, Sir JonathanMinghella, AnthonyMitchell, KatieMontavon, GuyMorabito, SergioMorassi, BepiMorell, PurniMorrissey, AnnaMorávek, VladimírMoses, AndreaMoshinsky, ElijahMottl, BerndMoulds, ChristopherMuller, LouisaMumford, PeterMurphy, GraemeMuscato, LeoMärki, StephanMørk-Eidem, AlexanderMüller-Brandes, HolgerNaamat, NoaNagy, ViktorNaletova, LudmilaNegrin, FranciscoNekvasil, JiříNellis, AliceNemirova, SonjaNemirova, VeraNeumeier, JohnNewbury, KevinNiermeyer, AmélieNoble, AdrianNorton-Hale, RobinNürnberger, RalfO'Brien, JackOberfrank, PálOida, YoshiOllé, ÀlexOstermann, IsabelOzawa, MatthewOzpetek, FerzanPadrissa, CarlusPalcsó, SándorPasca, Daniele FinziPascual, LluísPazos, MartaPelly, LaurentPeters-Messer, JakobPetersen, ErikPetton, LucPfluger, DanielPilavachi, AnthonyPisarev, EvgenyPizzech, AlessioPizzi, Pier LuigiPlatt, OliverPlaza, José CarlosPleger, RalfPoda, StefanoPodalydès, DenisPommerat, JoëlPonnelle, Jean-PierrePountney, DavidPrice, LonnyProschka, UlrichPulitzer, ElkhanahPy, OlivierPölzgutter, JohannesRaab, NicolaRader-Shieber, ChasRadok, DavidRanisch, AxelRathke, JoachimRatmansky, AlexeiRavella, BrunoRechi, Joan AntonReinhardt, ThiloRennert, GüntherRenshaw, JeanRibitzki, TobiasRichter, Hans WalterRitschel, SebastianRobinson, JamesRohbeck, PatrickRomaní, AnnaRonconi, LucaRootering, GeorgRosa, Andrea deRose, JürgenRosich, MarcRosner, TalRoubaud, CharlesRoussat, CécileRuf, Jean-YvesRupprecht, GabrieleRussi, NinaRäth, ChristianSKUTR (Martin Kukučka and Lukáš Trpišovský)Sagi, EmilioSanzol, AlfredoSchaaf, 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ZdeněkTulassay, ÁdámTurner, LyndseyTurturro, JohnTóth, GézaUnknownVerstraeten, ThomasVick, GrahamVidnyánszky, AttilaViebrock, AnnaVilla, ValentinoVillazón, RolandoVinck, MarieVirsaladze, SimonVisser, FlorisVizioli, StefanoVizváry, RadimVontobel, RogerVěžník, VáclavWagemakers, MoniqueWagner, CarlosWagner, KatharinaWagner, WolfgangWake-Walker, FredericWallmann, MargaretheWalsh, EndaWarlikowski, KrzysztofWarner, DeborahWarner, KeithWay, JustinWebster, MaxWeinachter, SolèneWeiss, ManfredWeiss, MarekWeitz, Pierre-AndréWertmüller, LinaWesterbarkei, PhilippWieler, JossiWiesler, MonikaWild, MatthewWilkie, JohnWilson, RobertWinston, NickWise, RachelWojciechowski, TadeuszWoods, EmmaWysocka, BarbaraZambello, FrancescaZeffirelli, FrancoZholdak, AndrijZimmermann, MaryZvulun, Tomerde Beer, Lottede Carpentries, Francoisdel Monaco, Giancarlovan Hove, Ivovan Rensburg, Kobievan Walsum, Tatyanavan der Spuy, Jean-Pierrevon Götz, Christianvon Mayenburg, MaximilianČičvák, MartinŠtorman, MarcoŠvecová, 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