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BerlinLes Contes d'Hoffmann

© Monika Rittershaus
Offenbach: Les Contes d'Hoffmann (The Tales of Hoffmann)
Alevtina Ioffe; Barrie Kosky; Komische Oper Berlin; Katrin Lea Tag; Diego Leetz; Ulrich Lenz

BerlinMy Fair Lady

© Iko Freese
Loewe: My Fair Lady
Peter Christian Feigel; Andreas Homoki; Komische Oper Berlin; Frank Philipp Schlößmann; Mechthild Seipel; Arturo Gama; Franck Evin

ZürichDas tapfere SchneiderleinNew production

Das tapfere Schneiderlein
Mitterer: Das tapfere Schneiderlein
Ann-Katrin Stöcker; Kai Anne Schuhmacher; Zurich Opera; Tobias Flemming; Luca Bernard; Nathan Haller

BerlinKatya KabanovaNew production

© Jan Windszus Photography
Janáček: Katya Kabanova
Giedrė Šlekytė; Jetske Mijnssen; Komische Oper Berlin; Julia Katharina Berndt; Dieuweke van Reij; Mark Vandenesse; Simon Berger

BerlinLa traviata

© Iko Freese
Verdi: La traviata
Ainārs Rubiķis; Nicola Raab; Komische Oper Berlin; Madeleine Boyd; Annemarie Woods; Linus Fellbom; Simon Berger

ZürichDornröschenNew production

William Moore (Carabosse) © Gregory Batardon
Tchaikovsky: The Sleeping Beauty
Christian Spuck; Ballett Zürich; Ballett Zürich Junior Company; Robertas Šervenikas; Rufus Didwiszus; Buki Shiff; Martin Gebhardt

BerlinDie Zauberflöte

© Iko Freese
Mozart: Die Zauberflöte (The Magic Flute)
Jordan De Souza; Suzanne Andrade; Komische Oper Berlin; Esther Bialas; Barrie Kosky; Paul Barritt
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Royal Opera's A New Dark Age is a powerful cantata for our time

Peter Brathwaite in The Knife of Dawn © ROH | Tristram Kenton
The Royal Opera House responds to current global turmoil with a double bill by four women composers. Baritone Peter Brathwaite delivers a tour de force in The Knife of Dawn and A New Dark Age is a powerful emotional journey.
***11
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Damiano Michieletto's youthful Barbiere returns to Florence

Ruzil Gatin (Almaviva), Carlo Lepore (Bartolo) and Vasilisa Berzhanskaya (Rosina) © Michele Monasta
Three Russian singers star in a revival of the Italian director's academy production from 2003. 
***11
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Embracing the unfinished: a compelling Zaide in Rome

Juan Francisco Gatell (Gomatz) and Chen Reiss (Zaide) © Yasuko Kageyama
Graham Vick's new staging of Mozart's unfinished Singspiel marks a welcome, exciting reopening of Teatro Costanzi after the Covid-19 shutdown.
****1
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Double vision in Wiener Staatsoper's Entführung

Christian Nickel (Bassa Selim) and Lisette Oropesa (Konstanze) © Michael Pöhn | Wiener Staatsoper GmbH
Actors double up with singers in Hans Neuenfels' innovative production of Die Entführung aus dem Serail in Vienna. 
*****
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Christian Spuck’s new Sleeping Beauty runs into overdrive in Zurich

William Moore (Carabosse) © Gregory Batardon

Against all the odds, and despite Corona restrictions, Zurich Ballet launches a new production of The Sleeping Beauty by Christian Spuck.

**111
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Konwitschny’s controversial Don Carlos a must-see in Vienna

Malin Byström (Elisabeth de Valois) and Jonas Kaufmann (Don Carlos) © Michael Pöhn | Wiener Staatsoper GmbH
A five-hour operatic marathon as the full, five-act French version of Verdi's epic Don Carlos returns to the Staatsoper after a seven-year hiatus. 
*****
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Die Csárdásfürstin in Zürich: acerbic wit and winning music

Annette Dasch (Sylva) © Toni Suter
Kálmán's operetta brilliantly updated to the super-rich of today, with starry singing from Annette Dasch and Pavol Breslik.
****1
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