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ZürichIdomeneoNew Production

Joseph Kaiser (Idomeneo) and Anna Stéphany (Idamante) © Monika Rittershaus
Mozart: Idomeneo, rè di Creta
Giovanni Antonini; Jetske Mijnssen; Zurich Opera; Gideon Davey; Dieuweke van Reij; Joseph Kaiser; Anna Stéphany

MilanSimon Boccanegra

Dmitry Belosselskiy (Fiesco) and Leo Nucci (Simon Boccanegra) © Brescia & Amisano | Teatro alla Scala
Verdi: Simon Boccanegra
Myung-whun Chung; Federico Tiezzi; Teatro alla Scala; Pier Paolo Bisleri; Giovanna Buzzi; Leo Nucci; Krassimira Stoyanova

MunichLes Vêpres siciliennesNew Production

Les Vêpres siciliennes
Verdi: Les Vêpres siciliennes
Omer Meir Wellber; Antú Romero Nunes; Bavarian State Opera; Stefan Soltesz; Victoria Behr; George Petean; Bryan Hymel

LyonDon CarlosNew production

Verdi: Don Carlo(s)
Daniele Rustioni; Christophe Honoré; Opéra de Lyon; Alban Ho Van; Pascaline Chavanne; Michele Pertusi; Sergey Romanovsky

BudapestThe Karamazovs

The Karamazovs
Various: The Karamazovs
Boris Eifman; Hungarian National Ballet; Gergely Kesselyák; Vyacheslav Okunev

ViennaParsifal

Wagner: Parsifal
Semyon Bychkov; Alvis Hermanis; Vienna State Opera; Kristīne Jurjāne; Jochen Schmeckenbecher; Boaz Daniel

HoustonWest Side Story

West Side Story
Bernstein: West Side Story
Timothy Myers; Francesca Zambello; Houston Grand Opera; Peter J. Davison; Jessica Jahn; Andrea Carroll; Norman Reinhardt
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Modified rapture: Tcherniakov's new Tristan

Andreas Schager (Tristan) and Anja Kampe (Isolde) © Monika Rittershaus
A passionless staging of Wagner's masterpiece throws cold water on Barenboim's fiery conducting at the Staatsoper.
***11
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Chung's Simon Boccanegra is worth a watch

Dmitry Belosselskiy (Fiesco) and Leo Nucci (Simon Boccanegra) © Brescia & Amisano | Teatro alla Scala
If Chung is sometimes hailed as the greatest living conductor of Verdi, here was a performance to support that claim.
***11
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Minimalistic new production of Idomeneo in Zurich

Joseph Kaiser (Idomeneo) and Anna Stéphany (Idamante) © Monika Rittershaus
In Jetske Mijnssen’s new production of Idomeneo, all order of human entanglements, sorrows and pain run rampant.
***11
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La Fenice's superb new Widow is always Merry, even without sequins and ostrich feathers

Christoph Pohl (Count Danilo) © Michele Crosera
Damiano Michieletto's new production in Venice sets the operetta in the 1950s. 
*****
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Gauthier Dance: Nijinsky (Marco Goecke)

Rosario Guerra and Luke Prunty in Goecke's Nijinsky © Regina Brocke Klein
It is an excellent start for the Stuttgart based company, Gauthier Dance,  for the first time in Berlin, with Nijinsky by Marco Goecke.
****1
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Words or music? Collaboration or resistance? A new Capriccio in Frankfurt

Camilla Nylund (The Countess) © Monika Rittershaus
Camilla Nylund’s rich, ample voice bloomed in the glorious setting of the sonnet, cosseted by burnished horn playing, in Strauss' unsurpassed operatic farewell to the soprano voice.
****1
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Tristan und Isolde smoulders at Dutch National Opera

Stephen Gould (Tristan), Ricarda Merbeth (Isolde) © DNO 2018
A strong cast, a lyrically simmering orchestra and lucid staging make this a Tristan und Isolde to treasure.
****1
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