Opera

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 Pesaro

A new critical edition of Le Siège de Corinthe

Roberto Abbado leads a strong cast in an inspired production by La Fura del Baus.
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Reviewed at Glimmerglass

Zambello’s Porgy and Bess at Glimmerglass

Glimmerglass’ Porgy and Bess proves one more time that Gershwin’s opus remains America’s most important 20th-century opera.
****1
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Reviewed at Salzburg

Netrebko triumphs as Aida

Muti's reading of the score is extraordinary, both for its sophistication and originality.
****1
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Season preview

Netrebko headlines new La Scala season

Few opera singers capture the public imagination like Anna Netrebko. And there are few more glittering occasions in the opera calendar than the opening night of the season at the Teatro alla Scala.
Season preview

Deutsche Oper's new season

Deutsche Oper has a cornucopia in store for the new season. It promises some bold takes on the core repertoire, several enticing rarities, and a world première by the eminent German composer Aribert Reimann.
Interview

Breathing life into The Snow Maiden

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

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. 
Season Preview

Bluebeard’s Castle crowns Hungarian Opera season

100 years after the première of Bluebeard's Castle, the Hungarian State Opera celebrates with not one, but four different productions of Bartók’s opera.
Interview

A childhood drama queen: Aleksandra Kurzak

Aleksandra Kurzak tells us about making ten role debuts in a year as her voice shifts from bel canto to the dramatic repertoire she has been dreaming about since childhood.
Interview

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

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

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.
Festival preview

Eclectic in August: Opera In The City

London's latest festival of small scale opera offers four very different shows, with music from Rimsky to Kurtág, and styles from schmaltz to avant-garde.
Season preview

Carry on Cleo: ETO's Baroque autumn

When it is not digging up Donizetti rarities, English Touring Opera can often be found performing Baroque opera. Artistic Director James Conway has decided on a return to the Baroque for its autumn season. 
Interview

Brian Jagde on flawed characters

American tenor Brian Jagde discusses two key roles in his career so far, Don José in Carmen and Pinkerton in Madama Butterfly.
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

Interview: Saimir Pirgu

Albanian tenor Saimir Pirgu, a protégé of Luciano Pavarotti, has steadily built a strong international career, performing with the world’s leading opera companies. He describes his inspirations on the road to “tenordom”, the importance of Mozart in building his career, maintaining good health, and which baritone roles he would sing in the shower!  
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

Michael Chance on the new Grange Festival

Michael Chance tells us about planned improvements to the festival-going experience and tells us about the operas that will form part of the new festival.
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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GlyndebourneLa clemenza di TitoNew Production

Mozart: La clemenza di Tito
Robin Ticciati; Claus Guth; Glyndebourne Festival Opera; Christian Schmidt; Richard Croft; Joélle Harvey; Alice Coote

InnsbruckPygmalion

Rameau, Clerambault, Rebel
Christophe Rousset; Natalie Van Parys; Les Cavatines; Antoine Fontaine; Alain Blanchot; Anders Dahlin; Jodie Devos

StockholmOedipus Rex

Stravinsky
Esa-Pekka Salonen; Peter Sellars; Royal Swedish Opera; Dunya Ramicova; Violeta Urmana; Joseph Kaiser; Joshua Stewart

StockholmThe Magic Flute (Die Zauberflöte)

Mozart: The Magic Flute (Die Zauberflöte)
Eva Ollikainen; Ole Anders Tandberg; Royal Swedish Opera; Maria Geber; Elisabeth Meyer; Hanna Husáhr

GenevaLa clemenza di Tito

Mozart: La clemenza di Tito
Teodor Currentzis; Grand Théâtre de Genève; Anna Lucia Richter; Karina Gauvin; Jeanine De Bique; Stéphanie d'Oustrac

BerlinLa traviata

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

MilanHänsel und Gretel

Humperdinck: Hänsel und Gretel
Marc Albrecht; Sven-Eric Bechtolf; Teatro alla Scala; Julian Crouch; Kevin Pollard; Soloists of the Teatro alla Scala Academy; Teatro alla Scala Academy Orchestra

BudapestBánk bánNew production

Erkel: Bánk bán
Balázs Kocsár; Attila Vidnyánszky; Hungarian State Opera; Oleksandr Bilozub; Viktória Nagy; András Káldi Kiss; Judit Németh
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A new critical edition of Le Siège de Corinthe

Roberto Abbado leads a strong cast in an inspired production by La Fura del Baus.
****1
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A powerful Peter Grimes in Edinburgh

Stuart Skelton’s visceral Peter Grimes is matched by a strong cast with thrilling playing and singing from the Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra under Edward Gardner.
****1
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Political satire: Torvaldo e Dorliska at the ROF

Mario Martone's 2006 production captures both the aesthetic and the spirit of the age.
****1
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A frivolous La pietra del paragone in Pesaro

The young tenor Maxim Mironov, who played the poet Giocondo, was the name on everyone's lips by the end of the show. His voice is a modestly-sized and soft-grained, but it is beautifully produced, and focuses to a laser-like point up top.
****1
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A sharp, crisp Oklahoma! at the BBC Proms

Nathaniel Hackmann, a stocky baritone with the tenderest of timbres, was like a reincarnation of Alfred Drake.
****1
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Netrebko triumphs as Aida

Muti's reading of the score is extraordinary, both for its sophistication and originality.
****1
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Jonas Kaufmann conquers Sydney as Parsifal

As clearly visible on all photos, the Sydney Opera House has two “sails”, interconnected major sections. One of them houses concerts, the other operas. Opera performances, however, are not exclusively taking place in the Opera Theatre.
****1
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Prom 31: An intoxicating La Damnation de Faust

An unapologetic treat at the Proms and a composition of immediate appeal.
****1
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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?