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AmsterdamDon Quichotte

Don Quichotte
Minkus: Don Quixote
Marius Petipa; Alexei Ratmansky; Dutch National Ballet; Marzio Conti; Jérôme Kaplan

BerlinFrankensteinWorld Première

Kampe: Frankenstein
Maximilian von Mayenburg; Deutsche Oper Berlin; Sophie du Vinage

CardiffTosca

Claire Rutter (Tosca) and Mark S Doss (Scarpia) © Richard Hubert Smith
Puccini: Tosca
Carlo Rizzi; Michael Blakemore; Welsh National Opera; Timothy Burke; Ashley Martin-Davis; Claire Rutter; Mary Elizabeth Williams

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

BerlinDie Zauberflöte

© Bettina Stöß
Mozart: Die Zauberflöte (The Magic Flute)
Ido Arad; Günter Krämer; Deutsche Oper Berlin; Nikolas Nägele; TBC; Andreas Reinhardt

LeedsDon Giovanni

Elizabeth Atherton (Donna Elvira) and John Savournin (Leporello) © Bill Cooper
Mozart: Don Giovanni
Christoph Altstaedt; Alessandro Talevi; Opera North; Madeleine Boyd; William Dazeley; John Savournin

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
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Funny blends with sinister: witty Don Giovanni revival

Elizabeth Atherton (Donna Elvira) and John Savournin (Leporello) © Bill Cooper
Alessandro Talevi's production of Don Giovanni, conducted by Christoph Altstaedt, receives a welcome revival at the Grand Theatre, Leeds. 
****1
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A gaudy stand-and-sing Semiramide at the Met

Angela Meade (Semiramide) © Ken Howard | Metropolitan Opera
Despite a great cast, the Metropolitan Opera's revival of Semiramide bores with tacky costumes and no direction.
**111
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Baroque bawdiness at Komische Oper Berlin

Stephanie Houtzeel (Xerses), Nina Bernsteiner (Romila) and Nora Friedrichs (Atalanta) © Jaro Suffner
With many costume changes, notably into a Sun-King with very prominent phalic sunburst, Houtzeel held centre-stage in the title role.
****1
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Sex, angels and cannibalism: Written on Skin

Anthony Roth Costanzo (The Boy) and Lauren Snouffer (Agnès) © Kelly & Massa for Opera Philadelphia
Written on Skin is a cold but effective opera full of musical and dramatic energy. Opera Philadelphia's new staging and talented young cast do it justice.
****1
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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 ballet for all seasons: The Winter’s Tale returns

Ryoichi Hirano (Leontes) and Lauren Cuthbertson (Hermione) © Tristram Kenton
A strongly cast revival of The Winter's Tale by The Royal Ballet confirms one of Shakespeare's "problem plays" as perhaps being best suited to dance. 
****1
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Performers
Aarfing, SteffenAberg, MagdalenaAbramović, MarinaAhr, HenrikAillaud, GillesAjdarpasic, RifailAmadei, DavideAndersen, VibekeArefiev, VladimirArienti, JustinArlaud, PhilippeArnould, BernardAscroft, LizAsisi, YadegarBadenhop, NielsBalo, MaurizioBannwart, PatrickBarbe, AndréBarkhin, SergeiBarritt, PaulBaselitz, GeorgBauer, RaimundBaur, BenBausor, JonBechtler, HildegardBecker, DirkBejer, SimonBelli, AndreaBeltrame, AlbertoBenois, NicolaBernard, ArnaudBerndt, FredBialas, EstherBird, DickBirkeland, ErlendBischoff, DuriBisleri, Pier PaoloBlak, SamalBoasso, ClaudiaBorn, AdolfBorovsky, AlexanderBorovsky, DavidBoruzescu, RaduBorzic, RolfBorák, PavelBosquet, ThierryBourdin, JérômeBovey, NicolasBoyd, MadeleineBradbury, MichelleBradley, FayeBrill, RobertBrown {designer}, PaulBrown, SaraBrusewitz, BjörnBueno, Avi YonaBuren, DanielButi, AldoBywater, IsabellaBönisch, JaroslavCaban, ŠimonCadle, GilesCamera, AlessandroCanevacci, MarcoCaron, AdelineCastells, LlucCastellucci, RomeoCazalet, PeterChambon, AlainChauvelot, SylvainChisholm, CordeliaCho, Myung HeeChocholoušek, MartinChristensen, MarenClachan, LizzieClark, HannahClarke, CamillaClous, EmmanuelConklin, JohnConnan, KatrinCoppens, ChristopheCousins, RobertCozzi, AndreaCpin, MarekCraig, RussellCremer, ChristofCrisman, LauroCrouch, JulianCrowley, BobCrowley, NathanCummins, AlysonCura, JoséCurry, MichaelDacheva, KonstantinaDahlstrom, RobertDamovsky, BerndDavey, GideonDavid, MilanDavison, Peter J.De Keersmaeker, Anne TeresaDekker, KesoDel Savio, RaffaeleDenić, AleksandarDentler, TimoDequivre, PierreDevlin, EsDidwiszus, RufusDijkema, MichielDobrosi, TamásDodge, AlexanderDomingo, MartaDonhauser, AndreasDrgáč, KarelDroghetti, GermanDugardyn, BenoitDugas, CamilleDunning, DaveDvořák, DanielDäßler, LisaEdwards, AndrewEdwards, CharlesEggert, FriedrichElstein, LorenEngels, JohanEvrard, FlorenceFantin, PaoloFarghali, Hafiz AbdelFarmer, PeterFavre, EmmanuelleFenouillat, ChristianFercioni, GianmaurizioFercioni, OliviaFerenčík, MilanFielding, DavidFillion, CarlFindlay, JimFiorato, GuidoFischer-Dieskau, MathiasFischler, RamyFiszer, MaciejFlemming, TobiasFloeren, ChristianFlores, AlfonsForma, GiòForman, MatějForray, GáborFoujita, TsugouharuFreibergs, AndrisFreyer, AchimFriedländer, ChristianFrigerio, EzioFritsch, HerbertFrosch, KathrinFteita, LeilaFunicello, RalphFurthmann, AnjaFülöp, ZoltánFürhofer, PhilippGalan, JulioGalloway, StephenGauci, GerardGehry, FrankGeorgiadis, NicholasGeorgiadis, NicolasGerstner, MurielGilhuus, ZuzanaGilliam, TerryGinefri-Corbel, NöelleGirard, ClaudeGlarner, KasparGlittenberg, RolfGordon, David PGower Taylor, JayGrasi, ItaloGropman, DavidGruber, ThomasGrussmann, WolfgangGrünberg, KlausGschwender, SusanneGussmann, WolfgangGut, MagdalenaGutjahr, WolfHaller, AnnikaHammer, BernhardHanicka, BarbaraHannak, SebastianHawkes, LauraHaß, KatjaHegi, LilotHeilein, PeterHeine, Leif-ErikHellenstein, KlausHenze, EnoHermanis, AlvisHernandez, RiccardoHerold, FalkoHetzer, ChristofHeyne, StefanHeřman, JiříHintermeier, VolkerHo Van, AlbanHoffmann, KatrinHoheisel, TobiasHohenstein, AdolfHopkins, Robert InnesHorgas, PéterHoward, NigelHowell, RobHuptych, MiroslavIonesco, PetrikaIrish, NeilIvschina, TatjanaJabares-Pita, Ana InésJacovskis, AdomasJapelj, MarkoJones, ChristineJones, NetiaJones, RobertJuellund, RikkeJurjāne, KristīneJäkel, GisbertKališ, MiloňKaplan, JérômeKawaguchi, NaojiKenny, SimonKentaurKilian, JensKimak, BridgetKinmonth, PatrickKirchner, LolaKirk, RogerKistner, BertKobozeva, SonyaKoolmees, ChrisKopecký, JakubKorins, DavidKrajc, VáclavKuchárek, JurajKudlička, BorisKuhn, AnneKurz, AnnetteLagattolla, TommasoLaimé, StéphaneLaing, StewartLamers, Jan JorisLamford, ChloeLancaster, OsbertLandreville, OlivierLauwers, JanLazaridis, StefanosLecat, Jean-GuyLecca, Marie-JeanneLee, Ming ChoLeiacker, JohannesLelli, CristinaLemaignen, AurélieLemaire, VincentLeventhal, ValeryLevine, MichaelLiang, Jo-ShanLibor, KatalinLieberman, AndrewLivermore, DavideLomakina, LarisaLoquasto, SantoLorry-Dupuy, MathieuLowery, NigelLynch, JulieLöhrer, MarcLösche, FlorianMacfarlane, JohnMaestre, AurélieMaier-Schriever, PiaMaldonado, ArnulfoManganelli, MonicaMarelli, Marco ArturoMaringola, CarmineMartin, RenataMartin-Davis, AshleyMatásek, PetrMayer, Siegfried E.Mayer, StefanMcCann, GaryMcDonald, AntonyMcKintosh, PeterMcVicar, Sir DavidMendez Casariego, DiegoMet, AnnaMeurer, SandraMeyer, HartmutMeyer, MarkusMichieletto, DamianoMori, MarikoMortimer, VickiMosk, TheunMoyer, AllenMurauer, HerbertMurphy, ConorMuñoz, TomásMyers, RalphMüer, JuliaMüller-Elmau, AlexanderMünzner, WolfNapier, JohnNeidhardt, MathisNeumann, BertNoll, LukasNoone, JamesNortham, TimNottrodt, KatrinO'Connor, FrancisOberle, Carl-FriedrichObolensky, ChloeOkunev, VyacheslavOlbeter, RolandOram, ChristopherOrlandi, WilliamOstling, DanielO’Connor, FrancisPabst, PeterPalli, MargheritaParolini, FedericaPartiot-Pieri, IsabellePastukh, SimonPaton, RuthPavelka, MichaelPeduzzi, LaurentPeduzzi, RichardPerego, LuigiPetrovic, DarkoPichat, LaurePiestrzyńska, JoannaPignon-Ernest, ErnestPilař, TomášPilz, GottfriedPizzi, Pier LuigiPluss, EtiennePolzin, AlexanderPonnelle, Jean-PierrePotra, DanPrattes, StephanPuissant, Jean-MarcPuppo, OriaPuś, WojciechPye, TomQuaranta, GianniRabasse, JeanRauch, NeoRechi, Joan AntonReed, TimReinhardt, AndreasReinhardt, PetraReppa, DavidReuther, ThiloRibeiro, PedroRicceri, LucianoRichter, DieterRiley, AndrewRingst, RebeccaRohner, ClaudiaRom, ErhardRose, JürgenRousseau, Pierre-EmmanuelRoy, EmmanuelleRoy, Émilie leRubertelli, NicolaRuf, ÉricRöhrbein, MommeSabounghi, RudySagi, EmilioSamaritani, Pier LuigiSanchi, EdoardoSanjust, FilippoSanti, TizianoSaunders, MattScarpitta, Jean-PaulSchavernoch, HansScheele, HeikeScheerer, SusanneSchenk, TomSchleich, MadeleineSchlipf, KatharinaSchlössmann, Frank PhilippSchmidt, ChristianSchmidt, Douglas W.Schneider-Siemssen, GüntherSchweikhardt, MichaelSchönebaum, UrsSchörghofer, HartmutSchütz, JohannesScott-Mitchell, MichaelScozzi, LauraScutt, TomSegna, MartinaSellmaier, RainerSemmelmann, JuliusShaw, NickyShibuya, DeanShilkrot, VictorSiercke, AlfredSinell, RainerSjöstedt, TomasSouglides, GeorgeSouthgate, JasonSoyer, ÉricSpangler, WaltSpazzi, MariaSquire, ElliottStaley, EarlStaufenbiel, BrianStefanutti, IvanSteffens, TiloSteinberg, PaulStensgaard, MiaStepanova, ElenaStuder, RichardStölzl, PhilippSvoboda, PavelSykora, PeterSzczęśniak, MałgorzataSzendrényi, ÉvaSánchez Cuerda, RicardoTabakoff, Christian AndreTag, Katrin LeaTaraborrelli, CristianTate, JennieTcherniakov, DmitriTeigné, FabienThavoris, YannisTheimer, IvanTheunissen, SabineThomas, ChantalThompson, MarkThomson, BrianThor, HaraldToffolutti, EzioTommasi, CarloTramonti, SergioTran-Duc, LaniTravers, LeslieTregubov, AlexejTsypin, GeorgeTylesova, GabrielaTzykun, VictoriaUbels, JanUljas, JaniUltzUnknownUrsprung, MariaUstinov, YuriVartan, JamieVasseur, AntoineVergier, Jean-PierreVersweyveld, JanViebrock, AnnaVinciguerra, PieroVirsaladze, SimonViskari, KimmoVoigt, Raimund OrfeoVoitenko, AndreiVollmer, HeikeVon Wahl, OlgaVychodil, LadislavWagner, WolfgangWalker, DavidWalker, KaraWalter, PaulWalther, ArneWaltz, SashaWard, AnthonyWebern, NikolausWeitz, Pierre-AndréWernicke, HerbertWilli, MagdaWilmer, Curt AllenWilson, RobertWoods, AnnemarieWögerbauer, FerdinandWöppermann​, KatharinaYeargan, MichaelZavarský, JánZeffirelli, FrancoZeger, RalphZehetgruber, MartinZielinski, JörgZoller, PaulZwimpfer, KasparZöldy, Gergelyde Ana, Hugode Dardel, Alexandrede Lavenère, Brunode Limburg, Barbaradu Vinage, SophiefettFILMrosalietakisvan Berckelaer, Roelvan Reij, Dieuwekevan Schayk, Toervon Grebmer, Dietrichvon Mechow, Ninavon der Thannen, ReinhardÁgh, MártonČerný, MartinČáp, VladimírĎurík, AndrejŠkandíková, Lucia