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Serge Dorny on Opéra de Lyon's DNA
Hours after the launch of Opéra de Lyon's new season, Serge Dorny – who moves to the Bayerische Staatsoper in 2021 – reflects on his years with the company.
Opera Festivals
Opera Festival highlights for Summer 2018
Country opera house picnics, floating stages and opera under the French stars. Our 2018 opera festivals guide has something for everyone!
Interview
Reigning in London: an audience with Anna Netrebko and Yusif Eyvazov
After an acclaimed opening night in Verdi's Macbeth at the Royal Opera, one of opera's leading couples join us to talk about debuts, new roles and singing together
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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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BerlinLa traviata

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

LyonHistorire du soldat

Stravinsky: L'Histoire du soldat
Àlex Ollé; Opéra de Lyon; Lluc Castells; Orchestre de l'Opéra de Lyon

ZürichRonja RäubertochterNew Production

Ronja Räubertochter
Carrie-Ann Matheson; Marie-Ève Signeyrole; Zurich Opera; Fabien Teigné; Yashi; Philharmonia Zürich; Zusatzchor der Oper Zürich

CheltenhamThe Marriage of FigaroNew Production

© Jane Hobson
Mozart: Le nozze di Figaro (The Marriage of Figaro)
Christopher Stark; Blanche McIntyre; English Touring Opera; Neil Irish; Dawid Kimberg; Nadine Benjamin; Ross Ramgobin

BrnoPowder Her Face

Powder Her Face
Adès: Powder Her Face
Marko Ivanović; Tomáš Studený; Janáček Opera NTB

StockholmTosca

Tosca
Puccini: Tosca
Knut Hendriksen; Royal Swedish Opera; Björn Brusewitz; Ann-Mari Anttila; Emma Vetter; Kristian Flor

LeedsSalome

Jennifer Holloway Salome and Oliver Johnston (Narraboth) © Robert Workman
Strauss R.: Salome
Sir Richard Armstrong; Opera North; Jennifer Holloway; Katarina Karnéus; Robert Hayward; Arnold Bezuyen

RigaFaust

Faust
Gounod: Faust
Tadeusz Wojciechowski; Kristaps Skulte; Kristīne Pasternaka
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Full of eastern promise: Mârouf at the Opéra Comique

Vannina Santoni (Princess Saamcheddine) and Jean-Sébastien Bou (Mârouf) © Vincent Pontet
An oriental sweetmeat from the pen of Henri Rabaud, based on a tale from The Arabian Nights, is revived triumphantly in Paris. 
****1
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Un ballo glitters but doesn’t ignite in Budapest

Eszter Sümegi (Amelia), Attila Fekete (Gustavo) and Alexandru Agache (Renato) © Valter Berecz
The acting was patchy and the singing ranged from serviceable to laudable in this dazzling new production at the Budapest Spring Festival.
***11
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An homage to Wilhelmine von Bayreuth with Hasse's Artaserse

Natalya Boeva © Zsófia Pályi, Budapest Spring Festival
In a pasticcio of Hasse’s Artaserse and Ezio, director Balázs Kovalik and the students of the Theaterakademie August Everding stage the life of Wilhelmine von Bayreuth.
***11
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A pleasant Cendrillon première at the Metropolitan Opera

Joyce DiDonato (Cendrillon) © Ken Howard | Met Opera
Laurent Pelly’s staging provided some of the most memorable moments in this performance of Cendrillon
****1
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I Lombardi alla prima crociata returns to Turin after 93 years

Angela Meade (Giselda, different performance) © Ramella & Giannese | Teatro Regio Torino
The director presents the story clearly enough, but apart from that, there is not much going for this production.
***11
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Opera North’s Salome is still enticingly outrageous today

Jennifer Holloway Salome and Oliver Johnston (Narraboth) © Robert Workman
Opera North's Salome, conducted by Sir Richard Armstrong at Leeds Town Hall, caught the seductive frenzy of the opera.
****1
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Opera Atelier's strengths reinforced with Monteverdi

Krešimir Špicer (Ulysses) and Christopher Enns (Telemaco) © Bruce Zinger | Opera Atelier
Opera Atelier's return to the earliest part of the repertoire with Monteverdi's Il ritorno d'Ulisse in patria showcases their strengths in a relatively restrained production anchored by a strong ensemble cast.
***11
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Spectacular Gurrelieder revived at Dutch National Opera

Burkhard Fritz (Waldemar) © DNO 2018
An exemplary cast, an opulent orchestra and unforgettable images in Arnold Schoenberg’s Gurrelieder.
****1
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