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AmsterdamOedipeNew production

Johan Reuter (Oedipe) © Monika Rittershaus | DNO 2018
Enescu: Oedipe
Marc Albrecht; Àlex Ollé; Dutch National Opera; Alfons Flores; Lluc Castells; Johan Reuter; Eric Halfvarson

ZürichHänsel und GretelNew production

Marina Prudenskaya (Witch) © T+T/Tanja Dorendorf
Humperdinck: Hänsel und Gretel
Markus Poschner; Robert Carsen; Zurich Opera; Fabio Luisi; Michael Richter; Gideon Davey

ZürichKonrad oder das Kind aus der KonservenbüchseNew production

Konrad oder das Kind aus der Konservenbüchse
Näther: Konrad oder das Kind aus der Konservenbüchse
Ann-Katrin Stöcker; Claudia Blersch; Zurich Opera; Elisa Alessi; Irène Friedli; Katharina Peetz

BerlinDer Zauberer von Oz (The Wizard of Oz)New production

Christoph Späth (Scarecrow), Tom Erik Lie (Tin Man), Alma Sadé and Carsten Sabrowski (Lion) © Jaro Suffner
Valtinoni: Der Zauberer von Oz (The Wizard of Oz)
Ivo Hentschel; Felix Seiler; Komische Oper Berlin; Nikolaus Webern; Linda Schnabel; Alma Sadé; Christoph Späth

LeipzigHänsel und Gretel

© Kirsten Nijhof
Humperdinck: Hänsel und Gretel
Matthias Foremny; Birgit Eckenweber; Oper Leipzig; Alexander J Mudlagk; Franz Xaver Schlecht; Karin Lovelius

BerlinCandideNew production

Allan Clayton (Candide) © Monika Rittershaus
Bernstein: Candide
Jordan De Souza; Barrie Kosky; Komische Oper Berlin; Rebecca Ringst; Klaus Bruns; Nicole Chevalier; Allan Clayton

Los AngelesHänsel and Gretel

Susan Graham (Witch) © Cory Weaver
Humperdinck: Hänsel und Gretel
James Conlon; Douglas Fitch; LA Opera; Sasha Cooke; Liv Redpath

RigaFaust

Gounod: Faust
Tadeusz Wojciechowski; Latvian National Opera; Kristaps Skulte; Kristīne Pasternaka; Latvian National Opera Orchestra
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Sweeney Todd: Zurich ventures into a bloody musical

Bryn Terfel (Sweeney Todd) and Barry Banks (Pirelli) © Monika Rittershaus
Hats off to Andreas Homoki, Artistic Director at the Zurich Opera House, for staging a musical around “the chill of ghostly shadows”.
***11
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Suor Angelica and Gianni Schicchi in Manchester double bill

Molly Barker (Zita) and Quentin Hayes (Gianni Schicchi) in Gianni Schicchi © Robert Workman
In two equally impressive performances, students from the RNCM star in these two one-act operas.
****1
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Bernstein's Candide semi-staged by the LSO

Sir Thomas Allen with the Inquisition © Mark Allan
Jane Archibald gave possibly the most dazzling account of Cunegonde's music that I’ve heard. 
***11
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Saoia Hernández wins La Scala hearts in Attila

Ildar Abdrazakov (Attila) © Teatro alla Scala | Brescia e Amisano
Outstanding vocal and orchestral performances light up La Scala's season opener, matched to a conservative but visually arresting staging from Davide Livermore.
****1
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The Met welcomes Nézet-Séguin with a new Traviata

La traviata © Marty Sohl | Metropolitan Opera
A new production of La Traviata, colorful and conventional, brings little new ideas but is a fine vehicle for a fine performance conducted by Yannick Nezet-Seguin that features a trio of excellent singers.
****1
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A celebration of French Baroque opera-ballet at Versailles

Edward Tracz (Actéon) © Bruce Zinger
Opera Atelier presents a double bill at the Royal Opera in Versailles filled with Baroque dancing, scenery and music.
***11
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Kevin Puts’ Silent Night given its UK première

Quirijn de Lang (Lt Audebert), Richard Burkhard (Lt Horstmayer) and Timothy Nelson (Lt Gordon) © Tristram Kenton
Opera North's triumphant UK première production of Silent Night by Kevin Puts is directed at Leeds Town Hall by Tim Albery and conducted by Nicholas Kok.
*****
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A rare outing for Stanford's Travelling Companion

Julien Van Mellaerts (The Travelling Companion) and David Horton (John) © Robert Knights
Charles Villiers Stanford's The Travelling Companion is performed at Cadogan Hall by New Sussex Opera. 
****1
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