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PhiladelphiaA Midsummer Night's Dream

Tim Mead (Oberon) and Miltos Yerolemou (Puck) © Kelly & Massa for Opera Philadelphia
Britten: A Midsummer Night's Dream
Corrado Rovaris; Robert Carsen; Opera Philadelphia; Michael Levine; Tim Mead; Anna Christy

ChicagoElektra

Michaela Martens (Klytaemnestra) and Nina Stemme (Elektra) © Cory Weaver
Strauss R.: Elektra
Donald Runnicles; Sir David McVicar; Lyric Opera of Chicago; John Macfarlane; Nina Stemme; Michaela Martens

WashingtonEugene Onegin

Tchaikovsky: Eugene Onegin
Robert Trevino; Robert Carsen; Washington National Opera; Michael Levine; Anna Nechaeva; Lindsay Ammann; Alexey Dolgov

VilniusMadama Butterfly

© Martynas Aleksa
Puccini: Madama Butterfly
Martynas Staškus; Anthony Minghella; Lithuanian National Opera and Ballet Theatre; Michael Levine; Han Feng; Sandra Janušaitė; Kristian Benedikt

ChicagoMadama Butterfly

Puccini: Madama Butterfly
Henrik Nánási; Michael Grandage; Lyric Opera of Chicago; Christopher Oram; Ana María Martínez; Lianna Haroutounian

ChicagoThe Queen of SpadesNew production

Tchaikovsky: The Queen of Spades (Pique Dame)
Sir Andrew Davis; Richard Jones; Lyric Opera of Chicago; John Macfarlane; Brandon Jovanovich; Sondra Radvanovsky; Elizabeth DeShong

BolognaSalome

Strauss R.: Salome
Juraj Valčuha; Gabriele Lavia; Teatro Comunale di Bologna; Alessandro Camera; Andrea Viotti; Aušrinė Stundytė; Madina Karbeli
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Elektra: Great success for Nina Stemme’s Lyric Opera debut

Michaela Martens (Klytaemnestra) and Nina Stemme (Elektra) © Cory Weaver

The Lyric revives Sir David McVicar’s production of Strauss’ horrific tale with a superb cast led by Swedish “helden-soprano” Nina Stemme.

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Carsen's Dream conquers a new fan base in Philadelphia

Tim Mead (Oberon) and Miltos Yerolemou (Puck) © Kelly & Massa for Opera Philadelphia
The director's world-renowned 1991 conception of Benjamin Britten's 1960 operaA Midsummer Night's Dream finally makes it to America. 
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Opera Australia revives spectacular storybook Turandot

Dancers in Opera Australia's Turandot © Keith Saunders
Amber Wagner delivers a thrilling performance in Opera Australia's revival of Graeme Murphy's Turandot – a spectacular feast for both the ears and eyes.
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Tristan und Isolde arrives in Linz from Bayreuth

Heiko Börner (Tristan) and Annemarie Kremer (Isolde) © Reinhard Winkler
25 years after its creation in Bayreuth, Director Heiner Müller's legendary production of Tristan und Isolde was recreated and presented in Linz with committed performers with great success.
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Yoncheva and Dudamel shine in a blazing Otello at the Met

Sonya Yoncheva (Desdemona) © Ken Howard | Metropolitan Opera
When it comes to the title role, Bartlett Sher's non-interventionist production misses the core of the character. 
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Kàt’a Kabanova takes flight in Naples

Káťa Kabanová © Luciano Romano
A terrific staging of Janáček's opera is successfully revived at the Teatro di San Carlo.
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A house debut to savour: Natalya Romaniw in ENO's Bohème

Natalya Romaniw (Mimì) © Robert Workman
Jonathan Miller's production of La bohème is revived by ENO and features an important house debut. 
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