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MadridStreet SceneNew Production

Joel Prieto (Sam) and Mary Bevan (Rose) © Javier del Real | Teatro Real
Weill: Street Scene
Tim Murray; John Fulljames; Teatro Real; Dick Bird; Geoffrey Dolton; Jeni Bern

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

BudapestCosì fan tutte

Così fan tutte
Mozart: Così fan tutte
Péter Halász; Miklós Szinetár; Hungarian State Opera; Gábor Forray; Judit Schäffer; Klára Kolonits; Mária Celeng

MunichL'Elisir d'Amore

L'Elisir d'Amore
Donizetti: L'elisir d'amore
Stefano Ranzani; David Bösch; Bavarian State Opera; Patrick Bannwart; Falko Herold; Ekaterina Siurina; Pavol Breslik

BerlinDie Gezeichneten (The Branded)New Production

Michael Nagy (Count Tamare) and Peter Hoare (Alviano) © Iko Freese | drama-berlin.de
Schreker: Die Gezeichneten (The Branded)
Stefan Soltesz; Calixto Bieito; Komische Oper Berlin; Rebecca Ringst; Ingo Krügler; Ausrine Stundyte; Peter Hoare

ViennaLe nozze di Figaro

Mozart: Le nozze di Figaro (The Marriage of Figaro)
Sascha Goetzel; Jean-Louis Martinoty; Vienna State Opera; Hans Schavernoch; Sylvie de Segonzac; Simon Keenlyside; Olga Bezsmertna

GenevaFaustNew production

John Osborn, Ruzan Mantashyan, Marina Viotti, Adam Palka © GTG | Magali Dougados
Gounod: Faust
Michel Plasson; Georges Lavaudant; Grand Théâtre de Genève; Jean-Pierre Vergier; Ruzan Mantashyan; John Osborn
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A vivid Street Scene at the Teatro Real

Joel Prieto (Sam) and Mary Bevan (Rose) © Javier del Real | Teatro Real
Weill's neglected "American Opera" opens in Madrid with a refurbished production by John Fulljames and a strong cast led by Patricia Racette.
***11
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Kosky's Carmen fails to light fires

Jacquelyn Stucker (Frasquita), Anna Goryachova (Carmen) and Aigul Akhmetashina (Mercédès) © ROH | Bill Cooper
Interesting ideas and a brilliant orchestral performance aren't enough to overcome a visually dull staging, predictable choreography and a lack of chemistry between the protagonists.
**111
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A colourful, exuberant riot: ENO's Iolanthe

ENO Chorus © Clive Barda/ArenaPAL
Cal McCrystal goes long on the ham and keeps the gags flowing in a visually stunning production that will delight G&S lovers.
****1
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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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Traetta's Antigona a forceful Baroque drama in Amsterdam

Erika Simons (Antigona) © Jörg Landsberg
Tommaso Traetta’s Antigona is given a powerful staging, although not all the voices proved big enough for its mythical subject.
***11
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An uncomplicated, thrilling Tosca from WNO

Claire Rutter (Tosca) and Mark S Doss (Scarpia) © Richard Hubert Smith
Carlo Rizzi conducts WNO's Tosca revival in Cardiff.
****1
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Respighi rarity a riotous romp at Opéra de Lyon

Nikoleta Kapetanidou (The princess) and Grégoire Mour (The Prince) © Blandine Soulage
L’Opéra de Lyon’s new production of Respighi’s La bella dormente nel bosco was an operatic pastiche with fairy tale fantasy and foxtrots thrown in for good measure.   
***11
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Performers
Academy of Sacred DramaBampton Classical OperaBavarian State OperaBergen National OperaBolshoi OperaBoston Lyric OperaBuxton Festival ChorusCambridge Handel Opera CompanyCanadian Opera CompanyChelsea Opera GroupClassical OperaCurtis Opera TheatreDallas OperaDe Munt | La MonnaieDe Nederlandse ReisoperaDe Warme WinkelDeutsche Oper BerlinDeutsche Oper am RheinDresden State OperaDutch National OperaEarly Opera CompanyEllen Kent Opera and BalletEnglish National OperaEnglish Touring OperaEnsemblemitglieder der Oper FrankfurtFinnish National OperaGarsington Opera CompanyGlyndebourne Festival OperaGran Teatre del LiceuGrand Théâtre de GenèveGrange Park OperaGuildhall School of Music and DramaGöteborg OperaHamburg State OperaHouston Grand OperaHungarian State OperaIford ArtsInternational Opera StudioInternationales Opernstudio Unter den LindenIrish National OperaJanáček Opera NTBKomische Oper BerlinLA OperaLandestheater LinzLongborough Festival OperaLos LadronesLyric Opera of ChicagoMariinsky OperaMerry OperaMerry Opera CompanyMetropolitan OperaMid Wales OperaMidsummer OperaMikhailovsky OperaMinnesota OperaMuziektheater TransparantNaples OperaNational Changgeuk Company of KoreaNational Theatre Opera Orchestra and ChorusNationaltheater MannheimNeue Oper WienNew National TheatreNew Zealand OperaNorwegian National OperaOn Site OperaOper FrankfurtOper GrazOper HalleOper KölnOper LeipzigOper StuttgartOpera Atelier TorontoOpera AustraliaOpera Holland ParkOpera NorthOpera ParallèleOpera PhiladelphiaOpera SettecentoOpera VlaanderenOpera di FirenzeOperaUpCloseOpéra ComiqueOpéra Grand AvignonOpéra National de BordeauxOpéra National du RhinOpéra Royal de Wallonie-LiègeOpéra de DijonOpéra de LausanneOpéra de LyonOpéra de MarseilleOpéra de MontréalOpéra de ParisOpéra de Rouen Haute NormandieOpéra national Montpellier OccitaniePOSKPalau de Les Arts Reina SofiaPalm Beach OperaPinchgut OperaPolish National OperaPrague National Theatre OperaPrague State OperaRemix Ensemble Casa da MúsicaRoyal Academy OperaRoyal Conservatoire of ScotlandRoyal Danish OperaRoyal Northern College of MusicRoyal OperaRoyal Swedish OperaSan Carlo TheatreSan Francisco OperaSanta Fe OperaSarasota OperaScottish OperaSeattle OperaStaatsoper BerlinStaatsoper HannoverStaatsoperette DresdenStaatstheater NürnbergStadttheater BernStanislavsky OperaStreetwise OperaSwansea City OperaTeatro Comunale di BolognaTeatro La FeniceTeatro RealTeatro Regio Torino OperaTeatro Regio di ParmaTeatro alla ScalaTeatro comunale di ModenaTeatro dell'Opera di RomaThe Grange FestivalThe Opera StoryTheater BaselTheater an der WienThéâtre du CapitoleUnknownUtah OperaVancouver OperaVienna State OperaWashington National OperaWelsh National OperaWest Edge OperaWexford Festival OperaZurich Opera