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“Lohengrin’s story will be told”
As he awaits the swan to pull him into another new production, Klaus Florian Vogt reflects on Lohengrin and his other Wagner roles.
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A birthday bouquet for the Wiener Staatsoper’s 150th
With six new opera productions, including a world première, and two Wiener Staatsballett premières, the 2018-19 season at the Wiener Staatsoper is an enticing prospect.
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From Straussian pyrotechnics to Mozartian Enlightenment
The Festival d'Aix-en-Provence presents a diverse programme of operatic fare to idyllic settings.
Interview
Barbara Hannigan on tailor-made roles
We meet the Canadian soprano as she prepares for the world première of George Benjamin's new opera, Lessons in Love and Violence at the Royal Opera House.
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LeipzigDie Zauberflöte

© Tom Schulze
Mozart: Die Zauberflöte (The Magic Flute)
Christoph Gedschold; Oper Leipzig; Yadegar Asisi; Claudia Rühle; Magdalena Hinterdobler; Danae Kontora

BrnoAntonín Dvořák – The Devil and KateNew production

Antonín Dvořák – The Devil and Kate
Dvořák: The Devil and Kate (Cert a Kácal)
Jiří Heřman; Janáček Opera NTB; Pavel Svoboda; Alexandra Grusková

ValenciaThe Damnation of Faust (La Damnation de Faust)New Production

© Francesco Calgagnini
Berlioz: The Damnation of Faust (La Damnation de Faust)
Roberto Abbado; Damiano Michieletto; Palau de Les Arts Reina Sofia; Celso Albelo; Rubén Amoretti; Orquestra de la Comunitat Valenciana

AmsterdamOctavia E. Butler’s Parable of the Sower

Octavia E. Butler’s Parable of the Sower
Reagon: Octavia E. Butler's Parable of the Sower
Eric Ting; Arnulfo Maldonado; Dede Ayite; Christopher Kuhl

MinneapolisWest Side Story

Bernstein: West Side Story
Unknown; Guthrie Opera Theatre Company

BudapestBilly Elliot: The Musical

Billy Elliot: The Musical
John: Music from Billy Elliot
István Silló; Hungarian State Opera; Géza Köteles

MunichRigoletto

Rigoletto
Verdi: Rigoletto
Daniele Callegari; Árpád Schilling; Bavarian State Opera; Márton Ágh; Markus Brück; Rosa Feola

LondonKiss me, Kate

Kiss me, Kate
Porter: Kiss me, Kate
James Holmes; Jo Davies; Opera North; Oliver Rundell; Colin Richmond; Quirijn de Lang
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Tannhäuser's long and tortuous journey of the spirit

Sophie Koch (Venus) and Stephen Gould (Tannhäuser) © Zsófia Pályi, Müpa Budapest
Stephen Gould is less than convincing in the lead role of Tannhäuser, but excellent ensemble work under Ádám Fischer's inspired direction offers compensations.
****1
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Songs of innocence and experience: Falstaff at Garsington

Henry Waddington (Falstaff) © Clive Barda
Bruno Ravella's fast-paced Falstaff for Garsington still has crucial space for pathos amid the comedy, with a notably subtle central performance from Henry Waddington.  
****1
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La bohème at ROH: a simple tragedy, heart-rendingly told

Maria Agresta (Mimì), Matthew Polenzani (Rodolfo) in Act 4 © ROH | Catherine Ashmore
A committed cast make this  a beautifully performed ensemble piece in which the tragedy of young love cut short by untimely disease is compellingly put across.
****1
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Kosky's Nose comes home to Komische Oper

Günter Papendell (Platon Kuzmich Kovalyov) © Iko Freese | drama-berlin.de
Shostakovich's early masterpiece is fêted at the Komische Oper Berlin
****1
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The ultimate love story: Wagner’s Tristan und Isolde in Budapest

Allison Oakes (Isolde) and Peter Seiffert (Tristan) © Zsófia Pályi, Müpa Budapest
As part of the annual Wagner festival in the Hungarian capital, Peter Seiffert and Allison Oakes star as the doomed lovers.
****1
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Exhilarating storm-tossed evening in the Cotswolds

Kirstin Sharpin (Senta) and Jonathan Stoughton (Erik) © Matthew Williams-Ellis
With a glinting voice of a youthful sheen, like bracing Nordic air, Kirstin Sharpin was entirely convincing as the obsessed dreamer, Senta.
***11
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Acis and Galatea for the social media age

Lucy Hall (Galatea) © Dani Harvey
An intimate setting for the 18th-century work do from hell.
****1
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Carry on Cleo: Joélle Harvey triumphs at Glyndebourne

Sarah Connolly (Giulio Cesare) and Joélle Harvey (Cleopatra) © Bill Cooper
Interviewed at the time of this production's first outing, McVicar declared that “Entertainment is not a dirty word”. His Giulio Cesare remains a hugely entertaining opera production.
****1
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