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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.
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MinneapolisWest Side Story

Bernstein: West Side Story
Unknown; Guthrie Opera Theatre Company

Santa FeThe Italian Girl in Algiers

The Italian Girl in Algiers
Rossini: L'italiana in Algeri (The Italian Girl in Algiers)
Corrado Rovaris; Shawna Lucey; Santa Fe Opera; Robert Innes Hopkins; David C. Woolard; Daniela Mack; Jack Swanson

GlyndebourneVanessaNew Production

Virginie Verrez (Erika), Emma Bell (Vanessa) © Tristram Kenton
Barber: Vanessa
Jakub Hrůša; Keith Warner; Glyndebourne Festival Opera; Ashley Martin-Davis; Emma Bell; Virginie Verrez

SalzburgSalomeNew Production

Asmik Grigorian (Salome) © Ruth Walz
Strauss R.: Salome
Franz Welser-Möst; Romeo Castellucci; Asmik Grigorian; Malin Byström

SalzburgThe Queen of Spades (Pique-Dame)New Production

Evgenia Muraveva (Lisa) and Brandon Jovanovich (Hermann) © Monika Rittershaus
Tchaikovsky: The Queen of Spades (Pique-Dame)
Mariss Jansons; Hans Neuenfels; Christian Schmidt; Reinhard von der Thannen; Brandon Jovanovich; Vladislav Sulimsky

Santa FeMadame Butterfly

Madame Butterfly
Puccini: Madama Butterfly
John Fiore; Matthew Ozawa; Santa Fe Opera; Jean-Marc Puissant; Brigitte Reiffenstuel; Kelly Kaduce; Ana María Martínez

SalzburgL'incoronazione di PoppeaNew Production

Kate Lindsey (Nerone) and Sonya Yoncheva (Poppea) © Salzburger Festspiele | Maarten Vanden Abeele
Monteverdi: L'incoronazione di Poppea, SV 308
William Christie; Jan Lauwers; Lemm & Barkey; Sonya Yoncheva; Kate Lindsey

GlyndebourneSaul

Karina Gauvin (Merab), Anna Devin (Michal), Iestyn Davies (David) and Allan Clayton (Jonathan) © Bill Cooper
Handel: Saul
Laurence Cummings; Barrie Kosky; Glyndebourne Festival Opera; Katrin Lea Tag; Markus Brück; Iestyn Davies
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Larcher's The Hunting Gun premieres in Bregenz

Robin Tritschler (Poet) © Bregenzer Festspiele | Anja Köhler
The restrained pacing of Larcher's opera suited the intimate setting of the Werkstattbühne.
****1
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Adina in Wonderland: Lisette Oropesa shines in Pesaro

Adina in Pesaro © Studio Amatio Bacciardi
The delightful farce in one act in a new, imaginative production inspired by Lewis Carroll.
***11
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Ricciardo e Zoraide: Orientalism at the Rossini Opera Festival

Juan Diego Flórez (Ricciardo) and Pretty Yende (Zoraide) © Studio Amatio Bacciardi
A stellar cast and a new, old-fashioned production bring back Ricciardo e Zoraide to Pesaro after 22 years.
****1
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Sacrifice to passion: L’incoronazione di Poppea in Salzburg

Kate Lindsey (Nerone) and Sonya Yoncheva (Poppea) © Salzburger Festspiele | Maarten Vanden Abeele
A wonderful cast conducted by William Christie in a new production of L’incoronazione di Poppea at the Salzburg Festival. 
****1
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Superlative playing from the John Wilson Orchestra

Mikaela Bennett and Ross Lekites © BBC | Chris Christodoulou
The effervescent John Wilson and his orchestra make Bernstein's musical sparks fly.
***11
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Seattle Opera's Porgy and Bess is a vocal and dramatic stunner

Angel Blue (Bess) and Alfred Walker (Porgy) © Philip Newton
Seattle Opera's memorable Porgy and Bess excels with an exceptional cast who performed with utmost sympathy for their roles.
****1
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A giggle a minute: Il turco in Italia in Sydney

Stacey Alleaume (Fiorilla) and Paolo Bordogna (Selim) © Keith Saunders
Turco inspired many a great opera director in the past; understandably, as it offers plenty of splendid comic situations. Simon Phillips' hilarious 2014 production is revived by Opera Australia.
****1
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Jansons trumps Neuenfels' tame Pique Dame in Salzburg

Evgenia Muraveva (Lisa) and Brandon Jovanovich (Hermann) © Monika Rittershaus
Mariss Jansons and the Vienna Philharmonic do the real storytelling as Hans Neuenfels' staging underwhelms.
***11
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