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. During February, call into our Opera home page for a range of singers interviews, previews and articles.
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

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

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.
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Reviewed in Turin

Carsen's ravishing staging of Káťa Kabanová

Originally conceived by Robert Carsen for the Vlaamse Opera, this production of Katia Kabanova is now at Teatro Regio, second chapter of a Janáček/Carsen project.
*****
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Reviewed in Amsterdam

Finding release among the poppy fields

Tcherniakov's moving production delves into the psychological rather than revelling in the spectacular. 
****1
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Reviewed in Hamburg

From femme fatale to angel: Lulu in Hamburg

An uncompromising approach to the unfinished score of Berg's opera results in a compelling musical and dramatic interpretation.
****1
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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

A sense of theatre: Sir Antonio Pappano

Sir Antonio Pappano reflects on recent performances of Fidelio and Norma and how his Orchestra dell'Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia has evolved and the difficulties staging Verdi.
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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MadridBilly BuddNew Production

Britten: Billy Budd
Ivor Bolton; Deborah Warner; Teatro Real; Michael Levine; Jacques Imbrailo; Toby Spence; Brindley Sherratt

SarasotaMadama Butterfly

Puccini: Madama Butterfly
Victor DeRenzi; John Basil; David P Gordon; Howard Tsvi Kaplan; Joanna Parisi; Antonio Coriano

AmsterdamPrince Igor

Borodin: Prince Igor
Stanislav Kochanovsky; Dmitri Tcherniakov; Dutch National Opera; Elena Zaitseva; Ildar Abdrazakov; Oksana Dyka

MunichSemiramideNew production

Rossini: Semiramide
Michele Mariotti; David Alden; Bavarian State Opera; Paul Steinberg; Buki Shiff; Joyce DiDonato; Alex Esposito

BerlinLes Contes d'Hoffmann (Tales of Hoffmann)

Offenbach: Les Contes d'Hoffmann (Tales of Hoffmann)
Stefan Soltesz; Barrie Kosky; Komische Oper Berlin; Katrin Lea Tag; Diego Leetz

GothenburgElektra

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

BudapestIl trittico

Puccini
TBC; Ferenc Anger; Hungarian State Opera; Gergely Zöldy; Michele Kalmandy; Károly Szemerédy

LeedsThe Snow MaidenNew production

Rimsky-Korsakov: Snegurochka, The Snow Maiden
Leo McFall; John Fulljames; Opera North; Giles Cadle; Christina Cunningham; Aoife Miskelly; Daisy Brown
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Grigòlo energizes uneven Werther at the Met

From the moment he stepped on stage as our ill-fated title character, Italian tenor Vittorio Grigolo seemed as if he may burst at the seams. 
***11
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Making Babylon great again: Semiramide in Munich

The Rossini masterpiece is brought to life by an inspired conductor and four first-class singers in a new, modern production by David Alden.
*****
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The Enchantress charms in Naples

A welcome opportunity to hear one of Tchaikovsky's less known operas in Naples.
***11
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Cenerentola provides plenty of comedy and revels

La Cenerentola is the final component of Opera North's fairytale season, with every voice and every character getting a chance to revel in Rossini's intricate ornamentation.
****1
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Bartoli's La Cenerentola at the Concertgebouw

Exuberant celebration of La Cenerentola's 200th anniversary by Cecila Bartoli and her colleagues at the Concertgebouw.
****1
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Carsen's ravishing staging of Káťa Kabanová

Originally conceived by Robert Carsen for the Vlaamse Opera, this production of Katia Kabanova is now at Teatro Regio, second chapter of a Janáček/Carsen project.
*****
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Pretty spectacular Puritani duo at The Met

As it turned out, the second performance of the Met’s revival of I puritani was the one to see – it offered some of this season’s greatest singing – and a surprise.
****1
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An inconsistent Tannhäuser at Deutsche Oper Berlin

Visually inconsistant but some mesmerising perfromances in Kirsten Harms' production. 
***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?