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PragueAn Orchestra Rehearsal

© Petra Hajska
Franck, Prokofiev, Dvořák
Czech Philharmonic; Petr Altrichter; Marek Eben; Alice Nellis

Monte-CarloCarmen

Bizet: Carmen
Frédéric Chaslin; Jean-Louis Grinda; Opéra de Monte-Carlo; Rudy Sabounghi; Françoise Raybaud Pace; Laurent Castaingt; Aude Extrémo

DresdenDie Fledermaus

Strauss II: Die Fledermaus
Nikolaj Szeps-Znaider; Günter Krämer; Dresden State Opera; Gisbert Jäkel; Falk Bauer; Hans-Joachim Ketelsen; Annette Dasch

MunichDie Zauberflöte

© Wilfried Hösl
Mozart: Die Zauberflöte (The Magic Flute)
Antonello Manacorda; August Everding; Bavarian State Opera; Jürgen Rose; Martin Mitterrutzner; Christiane Karg

AmsterdamIngo Metzmacher & Tabea Zimmermann

© Markus Werner
Bach, Höller, Zimmermann
Radio Filharmonisch Orkest; Ingo Metzmacher; Tabea Zimmermann; Georg Nigl; Thomas Thieme
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Pure melody and riotous entertainment: ENO's Paul Bunyan

Elgan Llŷr Thomas (Johnny Inkslinger) © Lloyd Winters
The American Dream hits Ally Pally in a vivacious performance of Britten's eclectic operetta, headlined by an ENO chorus who knock it out of the park.
****1
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A miraculous Ariadne auf Naxos in Dresden

Krassimira Stoyanova (Ariadne) and Stephen Gould (Bacchus) © Ludwig Olah
Christian Thielemann led a memorable performance of Strauss's chamber opera Ariadne auf Naxos with a strong cast in a new straightforward production by David Hermann.
*****
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Fingerlos and El Mouissi perform Schumann’s Dichterliebe at Lucerne

Sascha El Mouissi and Rafael Fingerlos © Lucerne Festival | Peter Fischli
The gifted baritone Rafael Fingerlos lit up Lucerne’s Lukaskirche with Dichterliebe, the song cycle of 16 poems by Heinrich Heine.
***11
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A thrilling Gurrelieder from the Philharmonia

Esa-Pekka Salonen and Camilla Tilling © Camilla Greenwell | Philharmonia Orchestra
This was a superbly assured performance in which Esa-Pekka Salonen marshalled his forces with a clear-sighted vision to carve out an account brimming with intensity, energy and commitment.
****1
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Spectacular Gurrelieder revived at Dutch National Opera

Burkhard Fritz (Waldemar) © DNO 2018
An exemplary cast, an opulent orchestra and unforgettable images in Arnold Schoenberg’s Gurrelieder.
****1
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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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