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LondonEsa-Pekka Salonen: Gurrelieder

© Minna Hatinen
Schoenberg: Gurrelieder
Philharmonia Orchestra; Esa-Pekka Salonen; Alwyn Mellor; Michelle DeYoung; Robert Dean Smith; Wolfgang Ablinger-Sperrhacke

LeipzigDer Freischütz

Der Freischütz
Weber: Der Freischütz
Oper Leipzig; Dieter Richter; Jessica Karge; Magdalena Hinterdobler; Thomas Mohr

Mézidon-Canon350ème anniversaire de la naissance de François Couperin

Couperin, Dandrieu
Béatrice Martin; Olivier Baumont; Emmanuel Pleintel

HoulgateThéâtre musical

Debussy: Children's Corner, suite
Marie-Pascale Talbot; Emmanuel Pleintel

ViennaAriadne auf Naxos

Strauss R.: Ariadne auf Naxos
Patrick Lange; Sven-Eric Bechtolf; Vienna State Opera; Rolf Glittenberg; Marianne Glittenberg; Adrianne Pieczonka; Daniela Fally

LeipzigDer Freischütz

© Ida Zenna
Weber: Der Freischütz
Felix Bender; Christian von Götz; Oper Leipzig; Dieter Richter; Jessica Karge; Gal James; Magdalena Hinterdobler

BergenBluebeard's Castle

Haydn, Bartók
Edward Gardner; Michelle DeYoung; John Relyea; Paul Mácsai; Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra
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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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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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