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BerlinTosca

Tosca
Puccini: Tosca
Pier Giorgio Morandi; Boleslaw Barlog; Deutsche Oper Berlin; Ivan Repušić; Oksana Lyniv; Filippo Sanjust

GenevaL'elisir d'amore

Donizetti: L'elisir d'amore
Grischa Asagaroff; Grand Théâtre de Genève; Luigi Perego; Orchestra dell'Accademia Teatro alla Scala; Soloists of the Teatro alla Scala Academy

BerlinMy Fair Lady

© Iko Freese | drama-berlin.de
Loewe: My Fair Lady
Peter Christian Feigel; Andreas Homoki; Komische Oper Berlin; Arturo Gama; Chor der Komischen Oper Berlin; Orchester der Komischen Oper Berlin

MadridDas Rheingold

Das Rheingold
Wagner: Das Rheingold
Pablo Heras-Casado; Robert Carsen; Teatro Real; Patrick Kinmonth; Greer Grimsley; Raimund Holte

LeipzigDon Carlo

© Kirsten Nijhof
Verdi: Don Carlo(s)
Felix Bender; Jakob Peters-Messer; Oper Leipzig; Markus Meyer; Sven Bindseil; Riccardo Zanellato; Ievgen Orlov

LeedsDie Zauberflöte (The Magic Flute)New production

Die Zauberflöte (The Magic Flute)
Mozart: Die Zauberflöte (The Magic Flute)
Robert Howarth; James Brining; Opera North; Colin Richmond; Kang Wang; Vuvu Mpofu

VilniusMadama Butterfly

© Martynas Aleksa
Puccini: Madama Butterfly
Martynas Staškus; Anthony Minghella; Lithuanian National Opera and Ballet Theatre; Michael Levine; Han Feng; Sandra Janušaitė; Kristian Benedikt

StockholmBluebeard's Castle

Bluebeard's Castle
Schoenberg, Bartók
Sakari Oramo; Bengt Gomér; Katarina Karnéus; Johannes Martin Kränzle; Nina Stemme
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All the world's a stage: Xerxes as a comedy of backstage rivalry

Valer Barna-Sabadus (Xerxes) and Torben Jürgens (Ariodates) © Hans Jörg Michel
A revival of Stefan Herheim's production of Handel's Xerxes in Düsseldorf makes for a rip-roaring evening of theatrical comedy.
****1
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The lights are out in Allemonde: Pelléas at the Met

Isabel Leonard (Mélisande) © Karen Almond | Metropolitan Opera
Yannick Nézet-Séguin’s proves the highlight of a frustrating evening at The Metropolitan Opera
***11
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Opera Australia revives spectacular storybook Turandot

Dancers in Opera Australia's Turandot © Keith Saunders
Amber Wagner delivers a thrilling performance in Opera Australia's revival of Graeme Murphy's Turandot – a spectacular feast for both the ears and eyes.
****1
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Ermonela Jaho makes a haunting return to Covent Garden’s Traviata

Ermonela Jaho (Violetta) © ROH | Catherine Ashmore
The Albanian soprano, who made a spectacular jump-in for her house debut in Richard Eyre's production in 2008, makes a splendid return. 
****1
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Violetter Schnee: Snowy apocalypse at the Staatsoper Berlin

Violetter Schnee © Monika Rittershaus

The world is sinking in "Violet Snow", as the opera by Beat Furrer, directed by Claus Guth, is given its world premiere at the Staatsoper unter den Linden. 

****1
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Welser-Möst unveils a musically superb Ariadne auf Naxos

Tamara Wilson (Ariadne) and Andreas Schager (Bacchus) © Roger Mastroianni
Tamara Wilson was a top-notch Ariadne, supported by a strong cast, including Kate Lindsey as a passionate Composer, a thrilling Zerbinetta by Daniela Fally, and an unbeatable Bacchus in Andreas Schager.
****1
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A tale of many Tchaikovskys: The Queen of Spades at ROH

Vladimir Stoyanov (Yeletsky / Tchaikovsky) © ROH | Catherine Ashmore
Herheim places the composer at the centre of his opera in a staging that's clever and erudite but somewhat cold; musical performances are mixed.
***11
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Clash of religions, ardent spirits: Bellini’s Norma in Munich

Carmen Giannattasio (Norma) © Wilfried Hösl
While Bellini’s two-act opera Norma underscores the religious wars between the ancient Druids and Romans, it also highlights an emotive personal conflict that is veiled in deceit and cultural discrepancy.
****1
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