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GothenburgAriadne auf Naxos

Ariadne auf Naxos
Strauss R.: Ariadne auf Naxos
Patrik Ringborg; Rodula Gaitanou; Göteborg Opera; George Souglides; Annalena Persson; Sofie Asplund

ScottsdaleThe Festival Orchestra: Beethoven & Bernstein

The Festival Orchestra: Beethoven & Bernstein
Bernstein, Beethoven, Bates
Arizona MusicFest Orchestra; Arizona MusicFest Chorus; Mary Wilson; Jamie Bernstein

MemphisBernstein at 100

Bernstein
Memphis Symphony Orchestra; Robert Moody; Jamie Bernstein; Mary Wilson; Memphis Symphony Chorus; University of Memphis Chamber Choir

GermantownBernstein at 100

Bernstein
Memphis Symphony Orchestra; Robert Moody; Jamie Bernstein; Mary Wilson; Memphis Symphony Chorus; University of Memphis Chamber Choir

Miami BeachConcert for Kids: Bernstein's Birthday Bash!

Bernstein
New World Symphony; Dean Whiteside; Jamie Bernstein

ToulouseCarmen

Carmen
Bizet: Carmen
Andrea Molino; Jean-Louis Grinda; Théâtre du Capitole; Alfonso Caiani; Rudy Sabounghi; Françoise Raybaud Pace; Clémentine Margaine

AmsterdamGurre-Lieder

Gurre-Lieder
Schoenberg: Gurrelieder
Marc Albrecht; Pierre Audi; Dutch National Opera; Christof Hetzer; Burkhard Fritz; Emily Magee
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Savonlinna's Die Entführung aus dem Serail

Jyrki Korhonen (Osmin) and Tuomas Katajala (Belmonte) © Soila Puurtinen, Itä-savo
The opening production of the 2017 Savonlinna Opera Festival had an optimistic message, strongly delivered by a cast led by the exceptional Konstanze of Hulkar Sabirova.
****1
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Opera inside out: Ariadne auf Naxos

Karine Babajanyan (Ariadne) © Florian Merdes
A well-sung revival of a witty and supremely theatrical production of Strauss’ operatic exposé.
****1
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Magnificent music and opulent visuals

Michael Rotschopf (Arthur), Ferdinand Kraemer (Young Arthur) and Max Urlacher (Oswald) © Ruth Walz
Under the baton of René Jacobs, the Akademie für Alte Musik Berlin dazzles in the Staatsoper's production of Purcell's "dramatick opera". 
****1
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Washington National Opera's sparkling Daughter of the Regiment

Lisette Oropesa (Marie), Kevin Burdette (Sulpice) and Lawrence Brownlee (Tonio) © Scott Suchman
Robert Longbottom's take on Donizetti's Daughter of the Regiment captures the spirit of bel canto in Washington DC. 
****1
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Staging Purcell's Fairy Queen

Charles Daniels, Iestyn Davies and Ashley Riches © Ben Ealovega
Eschewing conventions throughout, Daisy Evans' production of The Fairy Queen walks boldly out of the woods into an exciting future for opera staging.
*****
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Ariadne’s centennial: a feast at Nederlandse Reisopera

Jennifer France (Zerbinetta) © Marco Borggreve | Nederlandse Reisopera
The Nederlandse Reisopera celebrates Ariadne auf Naxos’centennial with a superb new production directed by Laurence Dale which looks as laving as it is pleasing to the ear.
****1
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Prom 10: Frothy and fast-paced: Ten Pieces

The Ten Pieces Choir perform Verdi’s Dies irae and Tuba mirum © BBC | Guy Levy
Celebrating Youth, Music and Education in Roof-Raising Style: Ten Pieces Secondary comes to the BBC Proms 
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