Opera

From the Royal Opera in London to the Metropolitan Opera in New York, read the latest opera reviews from around the world and find world class opera performances near you. Our listings let you search for the top opera houses and the stars of today, to small venues showcasing new opera talent and just one click away you can book tickets from the Opera Houses themselves. Read a range of singers interviews, previews and articles.
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Reviewed in Vienna

A vocally strong Lulu in Vienna

Vienna staged the first three-act performance of Lulu with Willy Decker adding to his 2000 production, with excellent singing contributing to its success.
****1
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Reviewed in Milan

Tradition triumphs at La Scala

The big season opener at La Scala offers few surprises in a traditional staging, although Yusif Eyvazov proved his worth in the title role. 
***11
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Reviewed in Berlin

Sweet nothings: a disappointing Hänsel und Gretel

Achim Freyer's production robs Humperdinck's fairy tale of heart and drama at the Lindenoper.
**111
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Interview

John Nelson on an epic operatic undertaking

There’s nobody on the planet who’s conducted Berlioz’s epic opera The Trojans more than John Nelson.
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. 
Interview

Singing the unhinged: Stuart Skelton

Stuart Skelton doesn't think he's an actor – but he does push audiences to the limit of their emotional pain threshold. Ahead of singing Otello in Bergen, Skelton tells us how and why. 
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.
Interview

Dominique Meyer innovates at Wiener Staatsoper

The Director of the Vienna Staatsoper discusses using technology for the benefit of the art form.
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.
Interview

Prospecting for operatic gold: John Adams

Adams's new opera Girls of the Golden West could not be more different from the (nearly) eponymous Puccini favourite. Adams talks to us about the Gold Rush, the opera and new music in general.
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.
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.
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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

BarcelonaTristan and Isolde

Wagner: Tristan und Isolde
Josep Pons; Àlex Ollé; Gran Teatre del Liceu; Alfons Flores; Josep Abril; Iréne Theorin; Stefan Vinke

ValenciaDon Carlo

Verdi: Don Carlo(s)
Ramón Tebar; Marco Arturo Marelli; Palau de Les Arts Reina Sofia; Dagmar Niefind; Alexander Vinogradov; Andrea Carè; Plácido Domingo

BerlinThe Town Musicians of Bremen | Bremen MızıkacılarıNew Production

Şendil: The Town Musicians of Bremen | Bremen Mızıkacıları
Ivo Hentschel; Tobias Ribitzki; Komische Oper Berlin; Alfred Peter; Kathrin-Susann Brose

ManchesterRNCM Opera: Cinderella (Cendrillon) by Jules Massenet

Massenet: Cendrillon (Cinderella)
Martin André; Olivia Fuchs; Royal Northern College of Music; Yannis Thavoris

ViennaLuluNew production

Berg: Lulu
Ingo Metzmacher; Ruth Orthmann; Vienna State Opera; Wolfgang Gussmann; Susana Mendoza; Agneta Eichenholz; Angela Denoke

MunichLucia di Lammermoor

Donizetti: Lucia di Lammermoor
Antonino Fogliani; Barbara Wysocka; Bavarian State Opera; Barbara Hanicka; Julia Kornacka; Ludovic Tézier; Adela Zaharia

ZürichRonja RäubertochterNew Production

Carrie-Ann Matheson; Marie-Ève Signeyrole; Zurich Opera; Fabien Teigné; Yashi; Philharmonia Zürich; Chorzuzüger der Oper Zürich
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Met's revival of Figaro as relevant today as ever

Under elegant leadership of conductor Harry Bicket, the Met's revival of the "Marriage of Figaro" succeeds with a strong ensemble of cast.
****1
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A Mimì to die for: La bohème in Adelaide

Co-Opera have discovered some treasures of young talent in this carefully crafted La bohème, none more so than Victoria Coxhill, who sang an outstanding Mimì.
****1
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Sweet nothings: a disappointing Hänsel und Gretel

Achim Freyer's production robs Humperdinck's fairy tale of heart and drama at the Lindenoper.
**111
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Tradition triumphs at La Scala

The big season opener at La Scala offers few surprises in a traditional staging, although Yusif Eyvazov proved his worth in the title role. 
***11
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A vocally strong Lulu in Vienna

Vienna staged the first three-act performance of Lulu with Willy Decker adding to his 2000 production, with excellent singing contributing to its success.
****1
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A mighty second cast for Met’s Norma revival

The winter revival of the Met’s opening night Norma brought a new conductor and new stars in the main two female roles.
****1
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Laufenberg’s Elektra a disappointment in Vienna

German theatre director Uwe Eric Laufenberg freely incorporates some of Stanley Kubrik’s horror story concepts into his Elektra, but in ignoring both Sophocles and Strauss, is a long way from shining.  
***11
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Dreams and reality: a brilliant Daphne in Vienna

The Wiener Staatsoper revives a beautiful production of Daphne that juxtaposes myth, dream and reality, with brilliant vocal performances by the two leads.
****1
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