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Reviewed at Glyndebourne

Getting to the heart of Don Alfonso

In Nicholas Hytner's chocolate box production, lovingly revived by Bruno Ravella for Glyndebourne's tour, Alfonso is the most charismatic character on the stage.
****1
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Reviewed in Vienna

A flawless Wozzeck for Theater an der Wien

Without glitz, extravagance or the need to be expressly shocking, Robert Carsen's new production of Wozzeck at the Theater an der Wien is exceptional.
*****
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Reviewed in Berlin

“To infinity and beyond! ”Cosmic Mondparsifal

After Jonathan Meese's Parsifal staging was rejected by Bayreuth, he channelled his frustrations into an "arch-Parsifal" which shoots the titular hero into space, with a musical re-imagining of Wagner’s score by Austrian composer Bernhard Lang.
*****
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Interview

“It’s a balls-buster!” Latonia Moore on tackling Aida

With a hundred performances under her belt, Latonia Moore discusses the challenges of singing Aida as she rehearses Phelim McDermott’s new staging for ENO.
Season preview

Netrebko headlines new La Scala season

Few opera singers capture the public imagination like Anna Netrebko. And there are few more glittering occasions in the opera calendar than the opening night of the season at the Teatro alla Scala.
Interview

Breathing life into The Snow Maiden

Ahead of her Paris Opéra debut in a new production of Rimsky-Korsakov's The Snow Maiden, we speak to Aida Garifullina about Operalia and her favourite Russian repertoire. 
Interview

Ermonela Jaho on her heartbreaking soprano roles

Albanian soprano Ermonela Jaho is renowned for heartfelt performances as some of opera's most tortured soprano roles, especially Violetta in La traviata, the opera in which she sprang to fame in London when she jumped in for an indisposed Anna Netrebko. 
Interview

Creating opera roles: Stéphane Degout

With two new role creations in progress, baritone Stéphane Degout will be back this summer to the Aix Festival for the world première of Pinocchio. He talks to us about the process of creating new opera roles.
Interview

Kate Lindsey on Così fan tutte in Aix

For mezzo-sopranos, playing boys comes with the job. Kate Lindsey is no different, but it's the –very feminine – role of Dorabella we spend much time discussing. 
Season Preview

Bluebeard’s Castle crowns Hungarian Opera season

100 years after the première of Bluebeard's Castle, the Hungarian State Opera celebrates with not one, but four different productions of Bartók’s opera.
Interview

A childhood drama queen: Aleksandra Kurzak

Aleksandra Kurzak tells us about making ten role debuts in a year as her voice shifts from bel canto to the dramatic repertoire she has been dreaming about since childhood.
Interview

“It’s not a Cinderella story”: Kristine Opolais

Latvian soprano Kristine Opolais shot to international fame in 2010 in Dvořák’s Rusalka at the Bavarian State Opera. She talks to us having recently performed the role in Mary Zimmerman’s much anticipated new production at The Met.
Interview

Ferruccio Furlanetto on a lifetime with Philip II

The great Italian bass talks about his relationship with Philip II in Verdi's Don Carlos, and about other seminal roles.
Interview

“Violetta is my life's work”: Corinne Winters

Corinne Winters shot to fame when she starred in Peter Konwitschny’s controversial staging of La traviata at ENO and it’s the character of Violetta which is the focus of our conversation.
Interview

Crossing borders: Roberto Alagna

Ahead of Vienna's première of Il trovatore, the tenor who crosses borders between France and Italy, opera and popular song, spoke to us about the roles of Manrico and Cyrano, being a gypsy, a hero, returning to Italy, about family and more.
Festival preview

Eclectic in August: Opera In The City

London's latest festival of small scale opera offers four very different shows, with music from Rimsky to Kurtág, and styles from schmaltz to avant-garde.
Season preview

Carry on Cleo: ETO's Baroque autumn

When it is not digging up Donizetti rarities, English Touring Opera can often be found performing Baroque opera. Artistic Director James Conway has decided on a return to the Baroque for its autumn season. 
Interview

Brian Jagde on flawed characters

American tenor Brian Jagde discusses two key roles in his career so far, Don José in Carmen and Pinkerton in Madama Butterfly.
Interview

No cookie cutter soprano: Joyce El-Khoury

Joyce El-Khoury discusses her long-awaited Covent Garden debut and the role Violetta has played in her career. 
Interview

Stuart Skelton on tackling Tristan

The Australian Heldentenor shares his preparations for learning Tristan, his thoughts on opera productions and his passionate views about the current state of Opera Australia and ENO.
Interview

Interview: Saimir Pirgu

Albanian tenor Saimir Pirgu, a protégé of Luciano Pavarotti, has steadily built a strong international career, performing with the world’s leading opera companies. He describes his inspirations on the road to “tenordom”, the importance of Mozart in building his career, maintaining good health, and which baritone roles he would sing in the shower!  
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BerlinLa traviata

Verdi: La traviata
Ido Arad; Götz Friedrich; Deutsche Oper Berlin; Carlo Montanaro; Frank Philipp Schlössmann; Klaus Bruns; Salome Jicia

AmsterdamNTR Zaterdagmatinee: Sunken Garden

van der Aa: Sunken Garden
André de Ridder; Roderick Williams; Katherine Manley; Claron McFadden; Jonathan McGovern

ZürichTosca

Puccini: Tosca
Paolo Carignani; Robert Carsen; Zurich Opera; Anthony Ward; Anja Harteros; Brian Jagde

BerlinPelléas et MélisandeNew Production

Debussy: Pelléas et Mélisande
Jordan De Souza; Barrie Kosky; Komische Oper Berlin; Klaus Grünberg; Dinah Ehm; Nadja Mchantaf; Dominik Köninger

LondonThe Life to Come - a new opera by Louis Mander and Stephen Fry

Mander: The Life To Come
Jonathan Butcher; Surrey Opera; Jill Wilson; Martin Lindau; Themba Mvula

BuxtonGiulio Cesare: Cleopatra's NeedleNew Production

Handel: Giulio Cesare in Egitto, (Julius Caesar in Egypt) HWV 17
Jonathan Peter Kenny; James Conway; English Touring Opera; Cordelia Chisholm; Christopher Ainslie; Soraya Mafi

ViennaWozzeckNew Production

Berg: Wozzeck
Leo Hussain; Robert Carsen; Theater an der Wien; Gideon Davey; Lise Lindstrom; John Daszak; Florian Boesch

LondonTosca

Puccini: Tosca
Becca Marriott; Philippa Boyle; Roger Paterson; Martin Lindau
Latest reviewsSee more...

Lise Davidsen utterly captivating as Medea at Wexford Festival

A fascinating modern production of Cherubini's masterpiece Medea. Lise Davidsen is especially noteworthy while the rest of the cast give luminous performances. 
****1
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Paula Murrihy a fantastic Sesto in Concertgebouw Clemenza

Kenneth Montgomery leads the Orchestra of the 18th Century and a fine team of young soloists in a swift, finely detailed interpretation of La clemenza di Tito.
****1
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Giulio Cesare in concert: Lawrence Zazzo and Emőke Baráth came, saw and conquered Vienna

An outstanding cast under Ottavio Dantone at the Theater an der Wien was headed by Lawrence Zazzo and Emőke Baráth.
****1
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Natalya Romaniw an imperious Tatyana

The cavernous Mayflower pit eats singers for breakfast and only Natalya Romaniw’s full-blooded Tatyana escaped its jaws unmarked
***11
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Dyka and Antonenko shine in an extravagant Turandot at the Met

The Met succeeded in casting two strong singers for the difficult lead roles of Puccini's final opera. 
***11
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A flawless Wozzeck for Theater an der Wien

Without glitz, extravagance or the need to be expressly shocking, Robert Carsen's new production of Wozzeck at the Theater an der Wien is exceptional.
*****
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A dark and brooding Pelléas et Mélisande at the Komische Oper

Introspected and atmospheric, this late romantic opera appeals to the psychotherapists within us.
****1
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“To infinity and beyond! ”Cosmic Mondparsifal

After Jonathan Meese's Parsifal staging was rejected by Bayreuth, he channelled his frustrations into an "arch-Parsifal" which shoots the titular hero into space, with a musical re-imagining of Wagner’s score by Austrian composer Bernhard Lang.
*****
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