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MunichLe nozze di FigaroNew production

Le nozze di Figaro
Mozart: Le nozze di Figaro (The Marriage of Figaro)
Constantinos Carydis; Christof Loy; Bavarian State Opera; Johannes Leiacker; Klaus Bruns; Markus Eiche; Federica Lombardi

MilanIl pirataNew Production

Sonya Yoncheva (Imogene) © Brescia & Amisano | Teatro alla Scala
Bellini: Il pirata
Riccardo Frizza; Emilio Sagi; Teatro alla Scala; Daniel Bianco; Pepa Ojanguren; Sonya Yoncheva; Roberta Mantegna

GlyndebourneGiulio Cesare

Sarah Connolly (Giulio Cesare) and Joélle Harvey (Cleopatra) © Bill Cooper
Handel: Giulio Cesare in Egitto, (Julius Caesar in Egypt) HWV 17
William Christie; Sir David McVicar; Glyndebourne Festival Opera; Jonathan Cohen; Robert Jones; Brigitte Reiffenstuel; Dame Sarah Connolly

MunichLes Vêpres siciliennesNew Production

Les Vêpres siciliennes
Verdi: Les Vêpres siciliennes
Omer Meir Wellber; Antú Romero Nunes; Bavarian State Opera; Victoria Behr; George Petean; Bryan Hymel; Rachel Willis-Sørensen

PaisleyPagliacci

Pagliacci
Leoncavallo: Pagliacci
Stuart Stratford; Bill Bankes-Jones; Scottish Opera; Tim Meacock; Anna Patalong; Ronald Samm

MunichAus einem TotenhausNew Production

Aus einem Totenhaus
Janáček: From the House of the Dead
Simone Young; Frank Castorf; Bavarian State Opera; Aleksandar Denić; Adriana Braga Peretzki; Evgeniya Sotnikova; Manuel Günther

BrugesIn My End is My Beginning

Zuidam
Lore Binon; Bobby Mitchell; Sofie vanden Eynde; Anouk De Clercq & Tom Callemin
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The Skating Rink: Shivers up and down the spine

Alice Poggio (Skater) © Johan Persson
Tough, thrilling, ambitious and new: The Skating Rink is an exciting new major commission by Garsington, and its world première delivered on every level.
*****
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Sonya Yoncheva triumphs in Il pirata at La Scala

Sonya Yoncheva (Imogene) © Brescia & Amisano | Teatro alla Scala
Yoncheva passed the test in style, providing a scintillating delivery that drew feverish approval from the public.
****1
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Mad scenes in Sydney for Jessica Pratt’s Lucia

Jessica Pratt (Lucia) and ensemble © Prudence Upton
With her signature role’s coloratura fireworks and dramatic nuance, Jessica Pratt’s Sydney Opera House debut is one to remember.
*****
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No protests required: Deborah Warner's Fidelio returns to La Scala

Stuart Skelton (Florestan) and Ricarda Merbeth (Leonore) © Brescia & Amisano | Teatro alla Scala
Chung's mastery of orchestral colour and texture came into its own, the brooding introduction to Act 2 making for a harrowingly apocalyptic representation of tyranny.
****1
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Sparks fail to fly at the Staatsoper Berlin's new Macbeth

Plácido Domingo (Macbeth) and Anna Netrebko (Lady Macbeth) © Bernd Uhlig
Anna Netrebko shines opposite Plácido Domingo in Harry Kupfer's uncertain new production.
***11
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Valkyries parachute into San Francisco

Iréne Theorin (Brünnhilde) and her Valkyrie sisters © Cory Weaver | San Francisco Opera
San Francisco Opera's Die Walküre overcame a disappointing first act, winning the audience over with excellent singing and playing and impressive stage effects.
****1
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Songs of innocence and experience: Falstaff at Garsington

Henry Waddington (Falstaff) © Clive Barda
Bruno Ravella's fast-paced Falstaff for Garsington still has crucial space for pathos amid the comedy, with a notably subtle central performance from Henry Waddington.  
****1
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