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Bachtrack top ten: Verdi choruses
It's Verdi all the way for our latest playlist: Mark and Elisabeth's favourite choruses from his best operas... with a surprise late entry.
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Our editors dry their tears and share their top ten operatic farewells. Handkerchiefs at the ready...
Bachtrack top ten: Operatic deaths
Characters in opera are doomed to die – especially sopranos – but the variety of ways they are dispatched can be highly entertaining. Sit back and enjoy some of our favourites!
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Puccini: Turandot
Alpesh Chauhan; Chen Kaige; Palau de Les Arts Reina Sofia; Jennifer Wilson; Teresa Romano; Marco Berti; Amadi Lagha

AmsterdamJenůfaNew production

Evelyn Herlitzius (Kostelnička) and Annette Dasch (Jenůfa) © Ruth Walz
Janáček: Jenůfa
Tomáš Netopil; Katie Mitchell; Dutch National Opera; Lizzie Clachan; Annette Dasch; Evelyn Herlitzius

ZürichDie Gezeichneten (The Branded)New production

John Daszak Alviano) © Monika Rittershaus
Schreker: Die Gezeichneten (The Branded)
Vladimir Jurowski; Barrie Kosky; Zurich Opera; Giedrė Šlekytė; Rufus Didwiszus; Klaus Bruns; John Daszak

MunichIl trovatore

Il trovatore
Verdi: Il trovatore
Asher Fisch; Olivier Py; Bavarian State Opera; Pierre-André Weitz; Igor Golovatenko; Krassimira Stoyanova

ViennaLes TroyensNew production

Berlioz: Les Troyens (The Trojans)
Alain Altinoglu; Sir David McVicar; Vienna State Opera; Es Devlin; Moritz Junge; Joyce DiDonato; Brandon Jovanovich

BerlinLa Damnation de Faust

La Damnation de Faust
Berlioz: La Damnation de Faust
Donald Runnicles; Christian Spuck; Deutsche Oper Berlin; Emma Ryott; Irene Roberts; Klaus Florian Vogt

BarcelonaJuditha triumphans, de Vivaldi

© David Ignaszewski
Vivaldi: Juditha triumphans, RV 644
Le Concert des Nations; Lluis Vilamajó; Marianne Beate Kielland; Rachel Redmond; Marina de Liso; Lucía Martín-Cartón

MadridWest Side Story

Bernstein: West Side Story
Unknown; Ricardo Sánchez Cuerda
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Hamburg's Die Tote Stadt: excellent singing but muddled staging

Klaus Florian Vogt (Paul) © Bernd Uhlig (2015)
Hamburg's revival of a 2015 production is a musical success, but the director's concepts are sometimes too dense to tell a straightforward story.
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Overwrought and over-thought: Cendrillon

Alix Le Saux (Cendrillon) © Richard Hubert Smith
In her anxiety to be ‘new’, Shaw slaps a sackload of semi-comprehensible ideas onto a sort-of present day update.
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Closed doors, but a musically stunning Bluebeard's Castle

Joshua Bloom (Bluebeard) and Paula Murrihy (Judith) © Pat Redmond
Joshua Bloom and Paula Murrihy excel in Irish National Opera's staging of Bartók's opera, although director Enda Walsh takes too many liberties with the libretto. 
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Mané Galoyan steals the show in a Traviata for our age

Noel Bouley Germont) and Emanuele D’Aguanno (Alfredo) © Robert Workman
An emotionally intense Violetta from Mané Galoyan in Tom Cairns' darkly challenging La traviata launches Glyndebourne Tour's 50th season
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Porgy and Bess at ENO: Gershwin's music the winner

Nicole Cabell (Bess), Eric Greene (Porgy) © Tristram Kenton
Porgy and Bess isn’t a perfect opera, but English National Opera's new production is a strong one. 
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Vocal sparkle but a dull staging in the Liceu's Puritani

Pretty Yende (Elvira) © A. Bofill
I puritani returns to Barcelona’s Liceu with Annilese Miskimmon’s production. Javier Camerena and Pretty Yende lead the inauguration of the season with a fine example of romantic bel canto.
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In Turin's Trovatore, the women carry the day

Anna Maria Chiuri (Azucena) © Edoardo Piva | Teatro Regio Torino
Female voices dominate in the vocal cast: Rachel Willis-Sørensen debuts as Leonora and charms the audience; Anna Maria Chiuri has the temperament and rich vocality requested by the role of the gypsy.
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Bohlin's Tristessa premieres in Stockholm

Johanna Rudström (Young Tristessa) and Joel Annmo (Evelyn) © Sören Vilks
The Royal Swedish Opera produces a new work based on a 1977 novel by Angela Carter, brought to life by composer Jonas S. Bohlin, librettist Torbjörn Elensky and visual artist Ann-Sofi Sidén.