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 Strasbourg

“Gloire à DiDonato”: Les Troyens in Strasbourg

Nothing is better than when Berlioz ramps up the decibels. With a huge orchestra and choir and a deluxe starry cast assembled in Strasbourg, this was a special performance. 
*****
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Reviewed in Prague

In Prague, a sci-fi fantasy becomes real

Krakatit, an opera composed in the shadow of the Cold War, remains frighteningly relevant.
****1
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Reviewed in London

Adès brings The Exterminating Angel to opera

Luis Buñuel's derision at the sense of entitlement of over-privileged, self-righteous prigs shines through a high quality operatic adaptation.
****1
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Season preview

Deutsche Oper's new season

Deutsche Oper has a cornucopia in store for the new season. It promises some bold takes on the core repertoire, several enticing rarities, and a world premiere by the eminent German composer Aribert Reimann.
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. 
Liceu weekend

A weekend at Barcelona's Liceu

Of all European cities, one of the best for a weekend break has to be Barcelona. Head there in May and you can soak up a wonderful weekend at the Liceu, Barcelona’s opera house.
Interview

Interview: Saimir Pirgu

Albanian tenor Saimir Pirgu, a protégé of Luciano Pavarotti, has steadily built a strong international career, performing with the world’s leading opera companies. He describes his inspirations on the road to “tenordom”, the importance of Mozart in building his career, maintaining good health, and which baritone roles he would sing in the shower!  
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.
In Istanbul...

A Turkish première for Der Rosenkavalier

Every season the Borusan Istanbul Philharmonic Orchestra puts on an operatic performance to honour Turkish soprano Leyla Gencer. Sascha Goetzel explains why this year they're performing Der Rosenkavalier
Festivals

Guide to Opera Festivals 2017

Opera with the stars or under the stars? Country house picnics or rare repertoire in smaller venues? Our 2017 opera festivals guide has something for everyone!
Interview

Brian Jagde on flawed characters

American tenor Brian Jagde discusses two key roles in his career so far, Don José in Carmen and Pinkerton in Madama Butterfly.
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.
Interview

Sink or swim! Sydney Mancasola on Gilda

Last week, Sydney Mancasola made her UK debut singing the role of Gilda at ENO. During rehearsals, she talked about the role, her training and responding to pressure. 
In Los Angeles

Strong women, big voices at LA Opera

Los Angeles likes to think big and so does LA Opera. It attracts star singers and the second half of its season features some big female voices taking on some of opera’s strong women.
2016 in stats

Gergiev tops Bachtrack’s 2016 classical statistics

Some people crack open the Champagne to launch the New Year, but here at Bachtrack Towers the corks have barely popped before we dive into the classical music statistics for the year just ended.
Interview

Michael Chance on the new Grange Festival

Michael Chance tells us about planned improvements to the festival-going experience and tells us about the operas that will form part of the new festival.
New opera seasons

Insider Guide: New Seasons, New Listings

It’s the time of year when opera houses and concert halls begin to announce their new seasons and – where possible – we try and upload listings to Bachtrack quickly. So far, opera announcements have been made at Opéra de Paris, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Seattle and Dallas.
For Bachtrack members

Bachtrack Insider Guide: Opera House tips II

Want to know where to sit? When to book?Our reviewers offer an inside guide to some of the world's great opera houses. 
For Bachtrack members

Insider Guide: Key new opera productions in 2017

As another year dawns, it’s time to look ahead to some of the key highlights for 2017. Here is our selection of what to look out for, along with a couple of tips for new productions yet to be announced.
We preview

The Wiener Staatsoper's Live at Home

The Vienna State Opera's subscription service offers 45 live broadcasts a year for a monthly fee. The intention is to foster in your home a sense of the live occasion, as distinct from the mere provision of a video library.
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LeipzigDer FreischützNew production

Weber: Der Freischütz
Christoph Gedschold; Christian von Götz; Oper Leipzig; Dieter Richter; Jessica Karge; Gal James; Magdalena Hinterdobler

BudapestNabucco

Verdi: Nabucco
TBC; Gergely Kesselyák; Hungarian State Opera; Edit Zeke; Janó Papp; Alexandru Agache; Michele Kalmandy

New York CityAriodante

Handel: Ariodante
Harry Bicket; Mary Bevan; Christiane Karg; Joyce DiDonato; Sonia Prina

HoustonThe Abduction from the Seraglio

Mozart: Die Entführung aus dem Serail (The Abduction from the Harem)
Thomas Rösner; James Robinson; Houston Grand Opera; Allen Moyer; Anna R. Oliver; Albina Shagimuratova; Lawrence Brownlee

BudapestWerther

Massenet: Werther
Balázs Kocsár; János Szikora; Hungarian State Opera; Balázs Horesnyi; Yvette Alida Kovács; Ivan Magrì; Szabolcs Brickner

BrnoTurandot

Puccini: Turandot
Jiří Klecker; Jiří Nekvasil; Janáček Opera NTB; Daniel Dvořák; Simona Rybáková

BerlinBall im Savoy

Abraham: Ball im Savoy
David Cavelius; Barrie Kosky; Komische Oper Berlin; Klaus Grünberg; Esther Bialas; Otto Pichler

BerlinLa traviata

Verdi: La traviata
Nicholas Carter; Götz Friedrich; Deutsche Oper Berlin; Frank Philipp Schlössmann; Klaus Bruns; Patrizia Ciofi; Antonio Poli
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Fresh, funny, frivolous: Patience in Cambridge

A joyous explosion of tuneful Victorian satire provides an unlikely, yet ideal, contrast to English Touring Opera's Tosca as their Patience tours the UK in this finely-cast, period-perfect production.
****1
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Juilliard students put on Káťa Kabanová

Sung in English, a performance of Káťa Kabanová lacked the expressive power of the original, but exposed Juilliard Opera students to the marvels of Janáček’s musical style.
***11
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Death, destroyer of worlds

At the Barbican last night, Gerald Finley, John Adams and the BBC Symphony Orchestra combined to deliver the heaviest operatic punch I’ve been subjected to all year.
*****
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Sparkling Così fan tutte in Barcelona

Jacobs has found in the excellent musicians of this orchestra the perfect laboratory to explore his conception of Mozart.
****1
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Adès brings The Exterminating Angel to opera

Luis Buñuel's derision at the sense of entitlement of over-privileged, self-righteous prigs shines through a high quality operatic adaptation.
****1
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Komische Oper's Zauberflöte enchants Budapest

With a guest performance of the Komische Oper Berlin, Barrie Kosky's and Suzanne Andrade's magical production triumphs in Budapest.
****1
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In Prague, a sci-fi fantasy becomes real

Krakatit, an opera composed in the shadow of the Cold War, remains frighteningly relevant.
****1
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Quality performances of Cav and Pag

A remarkable performance for State Opera of South Australia from Rosario La Spina as Turiddu in Cavalleria rusticana and Canio in Pagliacci was evidence of the brilliant tenor he has become.
***11
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Opinion: Touting the ticket price myth

On Monday’s Today programme on BBC Radio 4, presenter John Humphrys boldly – deliberately even – stepped into an operatic minefield. It blew up in his face.

Opinion: Another Op'nin', Another Show

When is opera not opera? When companies wheel out a musical...

Opinion: Juggling the role of artistic director and artist

Yesterday, Benjamin Millepied stepped down as director of Paris Opéra Ballet, prompting the question: can the director of a large international company juggle a management role with the desire to create?