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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


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


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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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