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Instrument: Opera Company

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LondonLa traviata

La traviata
Verdi: La traviata
Samuel Evans; Sophie Gilpin; Hampstead Garden Opera; Julia Bachmann; Eleanor Ross; Alexander Aldren; Sergio Augusto

ZürichTurandot

Turandot
Puccini: Turandot
Fabio Luisi; Giancarlo del Monaco; Zurich Opera; Peter Sykora; Martina Serafin; Aleksandrs Antonenko

ViennaSamson et DalilaNew production

Elīna Garanča (Dalila) and Roberto Alagna (Samson) © Wiener Staatsoper | Michael Pöhn
Saint-Saëns: Samson et Dalila (Samson and Delilah)
Marco Armiliato; Alexandra Liedtke; Vienna State Opera; Raimund Orfeo Voigt; Su Bühler; Elīna Garanča; Roberto Alagna

ToulouseMacbeth

Vitaliy Bilyy (Macbeth), Béatrice Uria-Monzon (Lady Macbeth) © Patrice Nin
Verdi: Macbeth
Michele Gamba; Jean-Louis Martinoty; Théâtre du Capitole; Alfonso Caiani; Bernard Arnould; Daniel Ogier; Vitaliy Bilyy

RigaDon PasqualeNew Production

Don Pasquale
Donizetti: Don Pasquale
Mārtiņš Ozoliņš; Latvian National Opera; Francesco Esposito; Rihards Mačanovskis; Krišjānis Norvelis

BerlinBluebeardNew Production

Wolfgang Ablinger-Sperrhacke (Barbe-bleue) © Iko Freese | drama-berlin.de
Offenbach: Barbe-bleue
Stefan Soltesz; Stefan Herheim; Komische Oper Berlin; Christof Hetzer; Esther Bialas; Wolfgang Ablinger-Sperrhacke; Peter Renz

HalleFestliche Eröffnung der Händel-Festspiele

Handel: Berenice, regina d'Egitto
Jörg Halubek; Jochen Biganzoli; Oper Halle; Wolf Gutjahr; Katharina Weissenborn; Händelfestspielorchester Halle
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Patriotic fervour in Florence's La battaglia di Legnano

Giuseppe Gipali (Arrigo), Giuseppe Altomare (Rolando) and Vittoria Yeo (Lida) © Camilla Riccò | TerranovaProject Contrasto
Marco Tullio Giordana's new production at the Maggio Musicale may be static, but musically there's much to enjoy in this rare slice of middle-period Verdi.
****1
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Capriccio: Strauss’ swansong at the Staatsoper

Daniela Fally (Italian Singer) © Wiener Staatsoper | Michael Poehn
Vienna State Opera offered a solid production in which precious little gleamed.
***11
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Cynicism reigns in Katharina Wagner’s Fidelio in Tokyo

Michael Kupfer-Radecky (Don Pizarro), Ricarda Merbeth (Leonore) and Stephen Gould (Florestan) © Masahiko Terashi | New National Theatre, Tokyo
The most talked about new production in the New National Theatre Tokyo’s 20th anniversary season undercuts Beethoven’s idealism.
****1
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Minnesota Opera's Thaïs: a bright star in Massenet’s galaxy of women

Lucas Meachem (Athanaël) © Cory Weaver
In a highly effective stage presentation, the Minnesota Opera tells Jules Massenet’s story of two personalities whose spiritual journeys are like two ships passing in the night.
****1
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Seriously funny: Glyndebourne's Rosenkavalier

Rachel Willis-Sørensen (The Marschallin) © Robert Workman | Glyndebourne Festival 2018
Strauss' mix of bedroom farce, comedy of manners and bittersweet musing about aging is acted and sung superbly in this revival of Richard Jones' production.
*****
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A vibrant Street Scene in Glasgow

Street Scene © Robbie McFadzean | Royal Conservatoire of Scotland
Weill’s New York Street Scene is a successful ensemble end of year piece for the students of RCS, ably directed by Alexandra Spencer-Jones, Robert Houssart conducting with the orchestra on top form.
****1
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Tears on the picnic lawn: Madama Butterfly at Glyndebourne

Olga Busuioc (Cio-Cio San) © Robbie Jack
After dipping its toe in the cherry blossom for Glyndebourne's Tour in 2016, Annilese Miskimmon's staging of Puccini's gut-wrencher hits the main festival.
***11
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Performers
Association Musiques au Pays de Pierre LotiAustin Lyric OperaBallet PécsBampton Classical OperaBavarian State OperaBergen National OperaBuxton Festival ChorusCanadian Opera CompanyChelsea Opera GroupClassical OperaDe Munt | La MonnaieDe Warme WinkelDeutsche Oper BerlinDeutsche Oper am RheinDiva OperaDresden State OperaDutch National OperaEarly Opera CompanyEnglish National OperaEnglish Touring OperaEnsemblemitglieder der Oper FrankfurtGarsington Opera CompanyGlyndebourne Festival OperaGran Teatre del LiceuGrand Théâtre de GenèveGrange Park OperaGuildhall School of Music and DramaGöteborg OperaHamburg State OperaHampstead Garden OperaHungarian National BalletHungarian Opera of KolozsvárHungarian State OperaIford ArtsInternationales Opernstudio Unter den LindenIrish National OperaJanáček Opera NTBKARASKomische Oper BerlinLA OperaLandestheater LinzLatvian National OperaLongborough Festival OperaLyric Opera of ChicagoMetropolitan OperaMinnesota OperaNational Changgeuk Company of KoreaNational Theatre Opera Orchestra and ChorusNationaltheater MannheimNevill Holt OperaNew National TheatreNew York City OperaNew Zealand OperaNorwegian National OperaNova Music OperaNovaya OperaOn Site OperaOper FrankfurtOper GrazOper HalleOper KölnOper LeipzigOper StuttgartOpera AnywhereOpera Atelier TorontoOpera AustraliaOpera Holland ParkOpera NorthOpera SettecentoOpera VlaanderenOpera dei LumiOpera di FirenzeOpéra ComiqueOpéra Grand AvignonOpéra National de BordeauxOpéra National du RhinOpéra Royal de Wallonie-LiègeOpéra Théâtre Metz MétropoleOpéra de DijonOpéra de LausanneOpéra de LyonOpéra de MarseilleOpéra de MontréalOpéra de ParisOpéra de Rouen Haute NormandiePOSKPalau de Les Arts Reina SofiaPinchgut OperaPolish National OperaPop-Up OperaPrague National Theatre OperaProject: OperaPuccini FestivalRegents OperaRoyal Conservatoire of ScotlandRoyal Danish OperaRoyal OperaRoyal Swedish OperaRussian State OperaSamling Academy OperaSan Carlo TheatreSan Francisco OperaSanta Fe OperaScottish OperaStaatsoper BerlinStaatsoperette DresdenStaatstheater NürnbergStadttheater BernStanislavsky OperaTeatro Comunale di BolognaTeatro La FeniceTeatro RealTeatro Regio di ParmaTeatro Regio di TorinoTeatro alla ScalaTeatro dell'Opera di RomaThe Grange FestivalTheater an der WienTheatron OneironThéâtre du CapitoleUnknownVienna State OperaWashington National OperaWexford Festival OperaZurich Opera