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AmsterdamDie Zauberflöte

Stanislas de Barbeyrac (Tamino) © Michel Schnater
Mozart: Die Zauberflöte (The Magic Flute)
Antonello Manacorda; Simon McBurney; Dutch National Opera; Michael Levine; Nicky Gillibrand; Dimitry Ivashchenko; Stanislas de Barbeyrac

ViennaLa traviata

Verdi: La traviata
Evelino Pidò; Jean-François Sivadier; Vienna State Opera; Alexandre de Dardel; Virginie Gervaise; Albina Shagimuratova; Pavol Breslik

GenevaCarmenNew production

Ekaterina Sergeeva (Carmen) devant Ildebrando d'Arcangelo (Escamillo) © Magali Dougados
Bizet: Carmen
John Fiore; Reinhild Hoffmann; Grand Théâtre de Genève; Andrea Schmidt-Futterer; Ekaterina Sergeeva; Héloïse Mas; Sébastien Guèze

MilanErnaniNew Production

Ernani
Verdi: Ernani
Ádám Fischer; Sven-Eric Bechtolf; Teatro alla Scala; Julian Crouch; Kevin Pollard; Francesco Meli; Ailyn Pérez

ViennaDon Pasquale

Donizetti: Don Pasquale
Evelino Pidò; Irina Brook; Vienna State Opera; Nöelle Ginefri-Corbel; Sylvie Martin-Hyszka; Ambrogio Maestri; Andrea Carroll

VeniceFocus Contrabbasso - Florentin Ginot

Saunders, Lim, Aperghis, Rivas
Florentin Ginot; Olivier Defrocourt; Marie-Hélène Pinon; Jacques Bouault

RigaČiurlionis

Čiurlionis
Čiurlionis
Giedrius Kuprevičius; Lietuvas Nacionala Opera un Baleta Treatra Viesirade; Juozas Mantas Jauniškis; Robertas Servenikas; Diana Marszałek; Julia Skrzynecka
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Guth's FroSch arrives at Unter den Linden

Sarah Grether (Weiße Gazelle) and Camilla Nylund (Die Kaiserin) © Hans Jörg Michel (2017)
Guth's incisive staging of Strauss and Hofmannsthal's grandest opera proves a moving and detailed experience at its transfer to the reopened Staatsoper. 
****1
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Irish National Opera's futuristic Hoffmann

Claudia Boyle (Olympia) © Pat Redmond
Tom Creed's take on Offenbach's opéra fantastique works best in the Olympia act in this new production in Dublin. 
***11
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In Amsterdam, McBurney's Die Zauberflöte continues to delight

Stanislas de Barbeyrac (Tamino) © Michel Schnater
Back for its third run at Dutch National Opera, with a satisfying cast, McBurney's staging wins new converts. 
****1
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Are they all like that? Staatsoper Hamburg's new Così

Maria Bengtsson Fiordiligi) and Ida Aldrian (Dorabella) © Jörn Kipping
Hamburg State Opera launches its new season with a visually overpowering but musically satisfying Così fan tutte.
****1
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A giggle a minute: Il turco in Italia in Sydney

Stacey Alleaume (Fiorilla) and Paolo Bordogna (Selim) © Keith Saunders
Turco inspired many a great opera director in the past; understandably, as it offers plenty of splendid comic situations. Simon Phillips' hilarious 2014 production is revived by Opera Australia.
****1
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Sins of the fathers: Le Cid at Dorset Opera Festival

Leonardo Capalbo (Rodrigue) and Dorset Opera Chorus © Fritz Curzon
Dorset Opera Festival's bold decision to programme Massenet's obscure opera about a medieval Castilian hero proves to be a major success.
****1
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Pagliacci comes to Paisley’s operatic Big Top

Anna Patalong (Nedda) © James Glossop
Scottish Opera brings opera to the people on a huge scale in a promenade production of Pagliacci.  
***11
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