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LondonAriadne auf Naxos

Jennifer France (Zerbinetta) © Robert Workman
Strauss R.: Ariadne auf Naxos
Brad Cohen; Antony McDonald; Opera Holland Park; Mardi Byers; Kor-Jan Dusseljee; Jennifer France

BarcelonaLa favorite

© Antoni Bofill
Donizetti: La Favorite
Patrick Summers; Ariel García Valdés; Gran Teatre del Liceu; Jean-Pierre Vergier; Ksenia Dudnikova; Stephen Costello

SavonlinnaQueen of SpadesNew production

Misha Didyk (Hermann) © Valtteri Hirvonen
Tchaikovsky: The Queen of Spades (Pique-Dame)
Alexander Vedernikov; Jere Erkkilä; Jani Uljas; Yulia Mazurova; Melis Jaatinen; Irina Churilova

Aix-en-ProvenceDie Zauberflöte

Trial by water: Stanislas de Barbeyrac (Tamino), Mari Eriksmoen (Pamina) © Pascal Victor | artcompress
Mozart: Die Zauberflöte (The Magic Flute)
Raphaël Pichon; Simon McBurney; Michael Levine; Nicky Gillibrand; Stanislas de Barbeyrac; Mari Eriksmoen

SnappertunaWest Side Story

Bernstein: West Side Story
Patricia Borgman; Sixten Lundberg; Unknown; Petri Horttana; Vilma Eklöv

Moreton-in-MarshAriadne auf Naxos | Longborough Festival Opera

Clare Presland (Composer) © Matthew Williams-Ellis
Strauss R.: Ariadne auf Naxos
Anthony Negus; Alan Privett; Longborough Festival Opera; Faye Bradley; Helena Dix; Jonathan Stoughton; Robyn Allegra Parton

MinneapolisWest Side Story

Bernstein: West Side Story
Unknown; Guthrie Opera Theatre Company
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Ariadne aus Glasgow: a few twists at Opera Holland Park

Jennifer France (Zerbinetta) © Robert Workman
A spirited and seamless production of Strauss’s Ariadne is aided by some excellent singing and playing at London’s premier summer opera festival.
****1
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Petrenko and a luxury cast graces Il trittico in Munich

Ermonela Jaho (Suor Angelica) © Wilfired Hösl
Petrenko's Puccini is bracingly alert, filled with colour and has a romantic sweep that is utterly transporting.
*****
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Mascagni's Isabeau at Opera Holland Park

Anne Sophie Duprels (Isabeau) © Ali Wright
An embarrassingly trite libretto proves unsalvageable, even with a committed cast of singers.
*1111
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A solid, dramatic staging for Rigoletto in Naples

Saimir Pirgu (The Duke of Mantua) and Nino Surguladze (Maddalena) © Francesco Squeglia
A trusty and convincing version of the masterpiece, with a cast of well-matched singers.
****1
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Jürgen Flimm's farewell to the Staatsoper Berlin

Laura Aikin (Singer) © Clärchen und Matthias Baus
Jürgen Flimm bowed out of his role as Intendant of the Berlin State Opera with the German premiere of Salvatore Sciarrino's Ti vedo, ti sento, mi perdo.
***11
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A game of two halves: Ariadne auf Naxos at Longborough

Clare Presland (Composer) © Matthew Williams-Ellis
Ariadne auf Naxos shines in an ultra-contemporary world of high net worth tantrums at Longborough Festival Opera, complete with glam rock fairies, giant string, and glorious music. 
****1
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Pelléas et Mélisande: Kosky's sleep-talking, nightmare

Pelléas et Mélisande © Monika Rittershaus
There’s no doubt that Mélisande endeavours to escape past troubles when she first appears in Barrie Kosky’s production of Debussy’s opera, yet Nadja Mchantaf is no reticent, wispy maiden. Every vocal and physical gesture – always precise and penetrating – displays an atypically forthright quest for vitality, something that Arkel’s chauvinistic world does not readily offer.
*****
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