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LondonProm 72: Symphonie Fantastique

Prom 72: Symphonie Fantastique
Berlioz: Symphonie fantastique (orchestral theatre staging)
Aurora Orchestra; Nicholas Collon; Mathew Baynton; Blind Summit Theatre

ViennaMadama ButterflyNew production

Puccini: Madama Butterfly
Philippe Jordan; Anthony Minghella; Vienna State Opera; Michael Levine; Han Feng; Asmik Grigorian; Freddie De Tommaso

ZürichDas tapfere SchneiderleinNew production

Das tapfere Schneiderlein
Mitterer: Das tapfere Schneiderlein
Ann-Katrin Stöcker; Kai Anne Schuhmacher; Zurich Opera; Tobias Flemming; Luca Bernard; Nathan Haller

ViennaMadama ButterflyNew production

Puccini: Madama Butterfly
Philippe Jordan; Anthony Minghella; Vienna State Opera; Ramón Tebar; Michael Levine; Han Feng; Asmik Grigorian

ViennaMadama ButterflyNew production

Puccini: Madama Butterfly
Joana Mallwitz; Anthony Minghella; Vienna State Opera; Michael Levine; Han Feng; Hui He; Roberto Alagna

CardiffThe Nightingale | Bluebeard's CastleNew production

Stravinsky, Bartók
Tomáš Hanus; David Pountney; Welsh National Opera; Niki Turner; Olga Pudova; Benjamin Hulett

LondonThe Nightingale | Bluebeard's CastleNew production

Stravinsky, Bartók
Tomáš Hanus; David Pountney; Welsh National Opera; Niki Turner; Olga Pudova; Benjamin Hulett
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Pulling the heart strings: Madam Butterfly returns to ENO

Natalya Romaniw (Cio-Cio-san) © Jane Hobson
Anthony Minghella's classic production of Madam Butterfly makes a welcome return with a sensational role debut by Natalya Romaniw as Cio-Cio-san.
****1
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Met’s family-friendly Magic Flute vanquishes the forces of darkness

David Portillo (Tamino) © Karen Almond | Met Opera
New York City's Metropolitan Opera restages its shorter, family-friendly version of Mozart's The Magic Flute with great music and delightful visuals.
*****
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A good Madama Butterfly from Hui He at The Met

Hui He (Cio-Cio-San) © Richard Termine | Met Opera
Anthony Minghella's production remains a feast for the eyes, but this performance failed to gel into a dramatic whole. 
***11
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Prom 72: Aurora takes a trip with Berlioz

Aurora Orchestra © BBC | Mark Allan
Berlioz on acid: Nicholas Collon and Mathew Baynton lead the Proms audience through the streets of Paris before a wild ride through the Symphonie fantastique.
*****
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A vibrant, urgent Ariodante at Lyric Opera of Chicago

Brenda Rae (Ginevra) and Kyle Ketelsen (King of Scotland) © Cory Weaver
A revival of Richard Jones’ production of Handel’s emotionally probing opera. 
*****
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Hagoromo: a Tale of Heaven and Humanity

Wendy Whelan is proving that there’s plenty of life for older dancers if there are new works that can make use of their special abilities and lifetime of experience.
***11
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At the World's Edge with London Sinfonietta in Spitalfields

It’s all about puppets at the moment, from War Horse to Madama Butterfly – even Studio Ghibli’s complicated cult film Princess Mononoke has had the puppet treatment – and the latest musical project to do the string thing, so to speak, is from the London Sinfonietta.
***11
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