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BudapestCarmen

© Attila Nagy
Bizet: Carmen
Pál Oberfrank; Hungarian State Opera; László Székely; Márta Pilinyi

BarcelonaEl Monstre al Laberint

Dove: The Monster in the Maze
Manel Valdivieso; Paco Azorín; Gran Teatre del Liceu; Gemma Coma-Alabert; Roger Padullés; Toni Marsol; Orquestra del Conservatori del Liceu

LondonOperaGlass Works: The Turn of the Screw

OperaGlass Works: The Turn of the Screw
Britten: The Turn of the Screw
John Wilson; Selina Cadell; OperaGlass Works; Tom Piper; Rosalind Ebbutt; Robert Murray

ZürichOtello

Otello
Verdi: Otello
Daniele Rustioni; Graham Vick; Zurich Opera; Paul Brown; Aleksandrs Antoņenko; Guanqun Yu; Juan Jesús Rodriguez

ViennaSamson et Dalila

Saint-Saëns: Samson et Dalila
Frédéric Chaslin; Alexandra Liedtke; Vienna State Opera; Raimund Orfeo Voigt; Su Bühler; José Cura; Anita Rachvelishvili

PermEugene Onegin

Eugene Onegin
Tchaikovsky: Eugene Onegin
Artem Abashev; Georgy Isaakyan; Perm Opera and Ballet Theatre; Vyacheslav Okunev; Natalia Zemalindinova; Konstantin Suchkov; Zarina Abaeva

New York CityWerther

Massenet: Werther
Yannick Nézet-Séguin; Sir Richard Eyre; Metropolitan Opera; J. David Jackson; Rob Howell; Piotr Beczała

BerlinCANCELLED until 19 April: Schwanda, der DudelsackpfeiferNew production

© Jan Windszus Photography
Weinberger: Schwanda the Bagpiper
Ainārs Rubiķis; Andreas Homoki; Komische Oper Berlin; Paul Zoller; Klaus Bruns; Simon Berger; David Cavelius
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Comedy with knobs on: English National Opera's new Figaro

Colin Judson (Don Basilio), Louise Alder (Susanna) and Johnathan McCullough (Count Almaviva) © Marc Brenner
A witty, insightful production at the Coliseum fizzes with comedy and pathos. 
****1
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Aleksandra Kurzak impresses in latest Covent Garden Traviata revival

Aleksandra Kurzak taking her curtain call © Mark Pullinger
In its 25th anniversary season, Richard Eyre's production continues to attract the world's great sopranos to the role of Violetta, the latest being Aleksandra Kurzak. 
****1
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Amazing Breaking the Waves: Scottish Opera at the Adelaide Festival

Sydney Mancasola (Bess) © Andrew Beveridge

Breaking the Waves is a remarkable opera. Scottish Opera has brought a thrilling cast, orchestra and team to Adelaide, and its audiences are all the richer for it.

*****
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Davide Livermore's La Scala Attila travels to Sydney

Taras Berezhansky (Attila) © Prudence Upton
Livermore updates the scene to the 1930s, but seems to be setting Mussolini's Italians against invading Germans. 
***11
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Inside out: Eight Songs for a Mad King in Auckland

Robert Tucker © Jeff McEwan
The vocal part requires a range covering over five octaves, from the lowest bass notes to a high falsetto and Robert Tucker coped amazingly with the score’s lyrical elements and the various shrieking, whispering and clucking noises he was called upon to create.
****1
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Juan Diego Flórez successfully debuts as Rodolfo in Zurich's Bohème

Juan Diego Flórez (Rodolfo) and Ruzan Mantashyan (Mimì) © Toni Suter
In a reprise of Ole Anders Tandberg’s somewhat confused production, a solid cast performs a charming bohème, under the baton of Marco Armiliato.
***11
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Hurrell's Cleopatra reigns in English Touring Opera's Giulio Cesare

Susanna Hurrell (Cleopatra) © Jane Hobson
James Conway's production for English Touring Opera returns in a trimmed-down, single-evening guise. 
***11
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Lucia and the Lairds: Lyric Opera of Kansas City

Sarah Coburn (Lucia) © Karli Cadel
Sarah Coburn triumphs in Shawna Lucey's production of Donizetti's masterpiece. 
****1
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