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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 New York

Suffering, transcendence, redemption: Parsifal at The Met

Evelyn Herlitzius (Kundry) and Klaus Florian Vogt (Parsifal) © Ken Howard | Metropolitan Opera
The Met’s production of Wagner’s Parsifal is a harrowing affair, entrancing in its refusal to charm. 
*****
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Reviewed in Copenhagen

The other Lulu: a Danish rarity in Copenhagen

Dénise Beck (Sidi) and Henning von Schulman (Dilfeng) © Camilla Winther
Dénise Beck shines as the Princess Sidi in the Royal Danish Opera's production of Friedrich Kuhlau's Lulu, receiving its first performances in 180 years.
***11
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Reviewed in Cardiff

Wheel of Fortune: Preziosilla spins Pountney's Force of Destiny

Justina Gringyte (Preziosilla) © Richard Hubert Smith
When the entire plot is triggered by a freak accident, you can't blame director David Pountney for making Fate itself one of the key characters.  
****1
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Interview

Joseph Calleja on the genius of Puccini

Joseph Calleja © Simon Fowler | Decca
“Everything you hear about me is true!” Joseph Calleja reflects on taking on the role of Cavaradossi as well as discussing other Puccini roles and the way his voice has developed. 
Interview

In at the deep end: Anita Rachvelishvili

Anita Rachvelishvili © Jiji Rejini
Mezzo-soprano Anita Rachvelishvili reflects on her big break at La Scala and talks about the new Verdi roles she's been adding to her repertoire. 
Interview

Dimitri Platanias on singing Verdi

Dimitri Platanias
Greek baritone Dimitri Platanias is currently singing Rigoletto at Covent Garden. He explains what it means to be a Verdi baritone and talks about his favourite roles. 
Interview

Bryan Hymel on doing the verismo double

Bryan Hymel © Dario Acosta
Hymel’s career-defining moment came in 2012 when he replaced Jonas Kaufmann a new production of Les Troyens. His career hasn't looked back since. 
Interview

John Nelson on an epic operatic undertaking

John Nelson rehearsing Les Troyens © Gregory Massat
There’s nobody on the planet who’s conducted Berlioz’s epic opera The Trojans more than John Nelson.
Interview

Breathing life into The Snow Maiden

Aida Garifullina © Simon Fowler | Decca
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

Ermonela Jaho © Fadil Berisha
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

Anna Bonitatibus on Rossini

Anna Bonitatibus © Frank Bonitatibus
Anna Bonitatibus talks about the composer dearest to her heart, Rossini: his operas, his false modesty and the challenges of singing his music.
Interview

Lisette Oropesa on Donizetti’s heroines

Lisette Oropesa © Jason Homa
In November, Lisette Oropesa made her Royal Opera debut, performing the title role in Lucia di Lammermoor. Here, she discusses her Donizetti roles along with casting problems and critics concerned with looks over voice. 
Feature

Opera on the West Coast: the state of the art

Dorothy Chandler Pavilion, home of LA Opera © David Karlin | Bachtrack Ltd
The opera General Directors of Seattle, San Francisco, Los Angeles and San Diego tell us about their audiences, their productions, painting a picture of opera on the West Coast that is both different and in rude health.
Interview

Singing the unhinged: Stuart Skelton

As Otello, ENO, 2014 © Francis Loney
Stuart Skelton doesn't think he's an actor – but he does push audiences to the limit of their emotional pain threshold. Ahead of singing Otello in Bergen, Skelton tells us how and why. 
Interview

“It’s not a Cinderella story”: Kristine Opolais

Kristine Opolais © Tatyana Vlasova
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

Ferruccio Furlanetto © Igor Saharov
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 © Fay Fox
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.
Feature

Opera Festival highlights for Summer 2018

Glyndebourne © Mark Pullinger
Country opera house picnics, floating stages and opera under the French stars. Our 2018 opera festivals guide has something for everyone!
Interview

Carlo Rizzi’s view from the pit

Carlo Rizzi © Tessa Traeger
Carlo Rizzi's talks about directors, audiences and the art of conducting Italian opera ahead of a busy spring schedule.
Interview

The young face of LA Opera: Matthew Aucoin

Matthew Aucoin © Steven Laxton
Aucoin was just 26 when he started his three years as Artist in Residence at LA Opera. He talks to us about composition, poetry, conducting and the Los Angeles appetite for new music.
Interview

Dominique Meyer innovates at Wiener Staatsoper

Dominique Meyer © Wiener Staatsoper / Michael Pöhn
The Director of the Vienna Staatsoper discusses using technology for the benefit of the art form.
Interview

“It’s a balls-buster!” Latonia Moore on tackling Aida

Latonia Moore (Aida, ENO) © Tristram Kenton
With a hundred performances under her belt, Latonia Moore discusses the challenges of singing Aida as she rehearses Phelim McDermott’s new staging for ENO.
Interview

Prospecting for operatic gold: John Adams

John Adams and Peter Sellars © Stefan Cohen
Adams's new opera Girls of the Golden West could not be more different from the (nearly) eponymous Puccini favourite. Adams talks to us about the Gold Rush, the opera and new music in general.
Interview

No cookie cutter soprano: Joyce El-Khoury

Joyce El-Khoury © Fay Fox
Joyce El-Khoury discusses her long-awaited Covent Garden debut and the role Violetta has played in her career. 
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BerlinLa traviata

© Bettina Stöß
Verdi: La traviata
Ido Arad; Götz Friedrich; Deutsche Oper Berlin; Carlo Montanaro; Frank Philipp Schlössmann; Klaus Bruns; Salome Jicia

LeedsMadama Butterfly

Anne Sophie Duprels (Cio-Cio-San) © Richard Hubert Smith
Puccini: Madama Butterfly
Martin Pickard; Tim Albery; Opera North; Hildegard Bechtler; Ana Jebens; Anne-Sophie Duprels; Merūnas Vitulskis

SarasotaManon Lescaut

Manon Lescaut
Puccini: Manon Lescaut
Victor DeRenzi; Stephanie Sundine; Sarasota Opera; David P Gordon; Howard Tsvi Kaplan; Sandra Lopez; Matthew Vickers

MilanSimon Boccanegra

Dmitry Belosselskiy (Fiesco) and Leo Nucci (Simon Boccanegra) © Brescia & Amisano | Teatro alla Scala
Verdi: Simon Boccanegra
Myung-whun Chung; Federico Tiezzi; Teatro alla Scala; Pier Paolo Bisleri; Giovanna Buzzi; Leo Nucci; Krassimira Stoyanova

BerlinAnatevka (Fiddler on the Roof)New Production

Max Hopp (Tevye) © Iko Freese | drama-berlin.de
Bock: Fiddler on the Roof
Koen Schoots; Barrie Kosky; Komische Oper Berlin; Rufus Didwiszus; Max Hopp; Dagmar Manzel; Talya Lieberman

BernThe Medium

Menotti: The Medium
Anne Hinrichsen; Alexander Kreuselberg; Stadttheater Bern; Konstantina Dacheva; Maya Däster; Claude Eichenberger; Elissa Huber

LondonJoyce DiDonato in Dead Man WalkingUK première

Heggie: Dead Man Walking
Mark Wigglesworth; Leonard Foglia; Measha Brueggergosman; Maria Zifchak; Joyce DiDonato; Michael Mayes
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Baroque bawdiness at Komische Oper Berlin

Stephanie Houtzeel (Xerses), Nina Bernsteiner (Romila) and Nora Friedrichs (Atalanta) © Jaro Suffner
With many costume changes, notably into a Sun-King with very prominent phalic sunburst, Houtzeel held centre-stage in the title role.
****1
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Sex, angels and cannibalism: Written on Skin

Anthony Roth Costanzo (The Boy) and Lauren Snouffer (Agnès) © Kelly & Massa for Opera Philadelphia
Written on Skin is a cold but effective opera full of musical and dramatic energy. Opera Philadelphia's new staging and talented young cast do it justice.
****1
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Turin's Salome devoid of lunar magic

Erika Sunnegårdh (Salome) © Rammella & Giannese/Piva | Teatro Regio Torino
With so little of worth happening onstage, this performance requires a unanimously strong set of performances from the main cast.
**111
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A vivid Street Scene at the Teatro Real

Joel Prieto (Sam) and Mary Bevan (Rose) © Javier del Real | Teatro Real
Weill's neglected "American Opera" opens in Madrid with a refurbished production by John Fulljames and a strong cast led by Patricia Racette.
***11
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Kosky's Carmen fails to light fires

Jacquelyn Stucker (Frasquita), Anna Goryachova (Carmen) and Aigul Akhmetashina (Mercédès) © ROH | Bill Cooper
Interesting ideas and a brilliant orchestral performance aren't enough to overcome a visually dull staging, predictable choreography and a lack of chemistry between the protagonists.
**111
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A colourful, exuberant riot: ENO's Iolanthe

ENO Chorus © Clive Barda/ArenaPAL
Cal McCrystal goes long on the ham and keeps the gags flowing in a visually stunning production that will delight G&S lovers.
****1
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Modified rapture: Tcherniakov's new Tristan

Andreas Schager (Tristan) and Anja Kampe (Isolde) © Monika Rittershaus
A passionless staging of Wagner's masterpiece throws cold water on Barenboim's fiery conducting at the Staatsoper.
***11
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Victorian murder mystery: Elizabeth Cree at Chicago Opera Theater

Richard Troxell (Dan Leno) and Katherine Pracht (Elizabeth Cree) © Evan Hanover
Kevin Puts effectively shapes the time-traveling structure with distinctive sound worlds as thirty dramatic vignettes unfold across a little more than an hour and a half.
****1
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