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 London

Excellent in parts: Meistersinger at Covent Garden

Holten's masonic lodge setting of Meistersinger gets a lot right but is occasionally uneven; Terfel and Hughes Jones are constantly good to listen to.
***11
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Reviewed in Bologna

Rossini's Turk given in memory of Alberto Zedda

In Livermore's staging the scheme becomes meta-cinematographic: the poet Prosdocimus here has Marcello Mastroianni's features in Fellini's film 8 ½.
***11
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Reviewed in San Francisco

Antonacci triumphs in La Voix humaine

Antonacci's voice shines even in the art songs that pad out the evening, but it's Poulenc's one-act opera that gives San Francisco Opera Lab's current offering dramatic weight (and makes it worth seeing).
****1
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Interview

Wigglesworth: Throwing paint at the canvas

In rehearsals at ENO, Ryan Wigglesworth discusses his first opera The Winter's Tale which opens on 27th February. 
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

“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
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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ZürichOrestNew production

Trojahn: Orest
Erik Nielsen; Hans Neuenfels; Zurich Opera; Katrin Connan; Andrea Schmidt-Futterer; Claudia Boyle; Claire de Sévigné

SarasotaL'italiana in Algeri (The Italian Girl in Algiers)

Rossini: L'italiana in Algeri (The Italian Girl in Algiers)
Anthony Barrese; Mark Freiman; Michael Schweikardt; Howard Tsvi Kaplan; Tara Venditti; Hak Soo Kim

BerlinPetrushka / L'Enfant et les sortilègesNew Production

Ravel, Stravinsky
Markus Poschner; Suzanne Andrade; Komische Oper Berlin; Pia Leong; 1927; Nadja Mchantaf; Brigitte Geller

GothenburgElektra

Strauss R.: Elektra
Olaf Henzold; Stephen Langridge; Göteborg Opera; Conor Murphy; Katarina Karnéus; Annalena Persson

LeipzigDer FreischützNew production

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

DijonThe Magic Flute (Die Zauberflöte)

Mozart: The Magic Flute (Die Zauberflöte)
Christophe Rousset; David Lescot; Opéra de Dijon; Alwyne de Dardel; Mariane Delayre; Siobhan Stagg; Jodie Devos

NottinghamLa Cenerentola (Cinderella)New production

Rossini: La Cenerentola (Cinderella)
Wyn Davies; Aletta Collins; Opera North; Giles Cadle; Gabrielle Dalton; Sky Ingram; Wallis Giunta

Milton KeynesLa bohème

Puccini: La bohème
Manlio Benzi; Annabel Arden; Welsh National Opera; Stephen Brimson-Lewis; Matteo Lippi; Dominick Chenes; Jessica Muirhead
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Bitter wine: WNO's Le Vin herbé

Frank Martin’s Le Vin herbé is as anti-Wagnerian a work as you could imagine. It is also the odd one out in Welsh National Opera’s “Love’s Poisoned Chalice” spring season.
***11
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Musical performances stand out in Budapest Siegfried

The third installment of Géza M. Tóth's staging of the Ring, this Siegfried is visually striking, but it's only a strong cast, and above all Egils Silins' Wanderer, that makes it worth attending.
***11
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Elegiac decline of a poet: Death in Venice

Benjamin Britten's Death in Venice at the Deutsche Oper Berlin in an outstanding new production by Graham Vick and Donald Runnicles.
****1
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A glorious Meistersinger at La Scala

Daniele Gatti is the winner of the night, managing to draw an astounding outcome from a far from ideal cast.
****1
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Wilde about The Importance of Being Earnest

Odyssey Opera has unearthed a gem with its production of Mario Castelnuovo-Tedesco’s 1962 chamber opera The Importance of Being Earnest, never published and staged only twice previously.
*****
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An intense Jenůfa in Stockholm

Annilese Miskimmon's production brings to life the sinister, stormy story of Janáček's masterpiece in an Irish setting.
****1
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Ugly and brilliant: Wozzeck at Dutch National Opera

Clarity and mounting horror in the orchestra pit, the full truth and ugliness of the human condition onstage. Dutch National Opera’s new production of Wozzeck is stomach-churning for all the right reasons.
*****
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Inspired Ritorno d’Ulisse at the Concertgebouw

Under the baton of René Jacobs, B’rock Orchestra gave an inspired performance  that ought to contribute in giving Il ritorno d’Ulisse in Patria the place it deserves in the standard repertoire.
*****
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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?