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BerlinLes Contes d'Hoffmann

© Monika Rittershaus
Offenbach: Les Contes d'Hoffmann (The Tales of Hoffmann)
Alevtina Ioffe; Barrie Kosky; Komische Oper Berlin; Katrin Lea Tag; Diego Leetz; Ulrich Lenz

BerlinMy Fair Lady

© Iko Freese
Loewe: My Fair Lady
Peter Christian Feigel; Andreas Homoki; Komische Oper Berlin; Frank Philipp Schlößmann; Mechthild Seipel; Arturo Gama; Franck Evin

ZürichDas tapfere SchneiderleinNew production

Das tapfere Schneiderlein
Mitterer: Das tapfere Schneiderlein
Ann-Katrin Stöcker; Kai Anne Schuhmacher; Zurich Opera; Tobias Flemming; Luca Bernard; Nathan Haller

BerlinKatya KabanovaNew production

© Jan Windszus Photography
Janáček: Katya Kabanova
Giedrė Šlekytė; Jetske Mijnssen; Komische Oper Berlin; Julia Katharina Berndt; Dieuweke van Reij; Mark Vandenesse; Simon Berger

BerlinPierrot LunaireNew production

Pierrot Lunaire: Dagmar Manzel © Monika Rittershaus
Schoenberg: Pierrot Lunaire
Christoph Breidler; Barrie Kosky; Komische Oper Berlin; Valentin Mattka; Katrin Kath; Dagmar Manzel; Ulrich Lenz

BerlinLa traviata

© Iko Freese
Verdi: La traviata
Ainārs Rubiķis; Nicola Raab; Komische Oper Berlin; Madeleine Boyd; Annemarie Woods; Linus Fellbom; Simon Berger

BerlinDie Zauberflöte

© Iko Freese
Mozart: Die Zauberflöte (The Magic Flute)
Jordan De Souza; Suzanne Andrade; Komische Oper Berlin; Esther Bialas; Barrie Kosky; Paul Barritt

BerlinEine Frau, die weiß, was sie will!

© Iko Freese
Straus: Eine Frau, die weiss, was sie will (A woman who knows what she wants)
Adam Benzwi; Barrie Kosky; Komische Oper Berlin; Pavel B. Jiracek; Katrin Kath; Diego Leetz; Dagmar Manzel
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Royal Opera's A New Dark Age is a powerful cantata for our time

Peter Brathwaite in The Knife of Dawn © ROH | Tristram Kenton
The Royal Opera House responds to current global turmoil with a double bill by four women composers. Baritone Peter Brathwaite delivers a tour de force in The Knife of Dawn and A New Dark Age is a powerful emotional journey.
***11
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Damiano Michieletto's youthful Barbiere returns to Florence

Ruzil Gatin (Almaviva), Carlo Lepore (Bartolo) and Vasilisa Berzhanskaya (Rosina) © Michele Monasta
Three Russian singers star in a revival of the Italian director's academy production from 2003. 
***11
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Embracing the unfinished: a compelling Zaide in Rome

Juan Francisco Gatell (Gomatz) and Chen Reiss (Zaide) © Yasuko Kageyama
Graham Vick's new staging of Mozart's unfinished Singspiel marks a welcome, exciting reopening of Teatro Costanzi after the Covid-19 shutdown.
****1
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A live audience returns to Covent Garden

Jonathan McGovern in Apollo and Daphne © ROH | Tristram Kenton
Christine Rice gives an astonishingly performance in an evening of four powerful chamber pieces.
****1
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Puccini's La rondine is back in her nest in Naples

Ailyn Pérez © Luciano Romano
One of Puccini's less renowned works returns to the Teatro San Carlo after over thirty years away.
****1
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Double vision in Wiener Staatsoper's Entführung

Christian Nickel (Bassa Selim) and Lisette Oropesa (Konstanze) © Michael Pöhn | Wiener Staatsoper GmbH
Actors double up with singers in Hans Neuenfels' innovative production of Die Entführung aus dem Serail in Vienna. 
*****
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Operetta is back at Glyndebourne: Offenbach's Mesdames de la Halle

In the market for love © Richard Hubert Smith
Glyndebourne welcome audiences back into the house with a one hour Offenbach operetta whose comedy and plot lines are thin but which still delights.
***11
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A triumphant Aida in concert at La Scala to defy the pandemic

Saioa Hernández © Marco Brescia & Rudy Amisano | Teatro alla Scala
Riccardo Chailly leads a splendid cast in Verdi’s masterpiece as La Scala leads the way in these troubled times, when the opera world is so volatile and fragile, by focusing on the music, holding onto artistic values. 
*****
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