2014 has seen more opera reviews than ever on Bachtrack - 517 at the current count! It may or may not have been a year for great productions and performances, but the quality of photography from the various houses around the world frequently stuns. Enjoy some of our picture highlights below. 

Erwin Aros (Mercure) © Gilles Abegg | Opéra de Dijon
Erwin Aros (Mercure)
© Gilles Abegg | Opéra de Dijon
Anna Netrebko (Lady Macbeth) and Željko Lučić (Macbeth) © Marty Sohl | Metropolitan Opera
Anna Netrebko (Lady Macbeth) and Željko Lučić (Macbeth)
© Marty Sohl | Metropolitan Opera

L’Opéra de Dijon met Castor et Pollux en boîte         Macbeth at The Met: Netrebko and Lučić reign in New York

Gisela Stille (Lulu) and Gert Henning Jensen (Walter Schwarz) © Miklos Szabo | Danish National Opera
Gisela Stille (Lulu) and Gert Henning Jensen (Walter Schwarz)
© Miklos Szabo | Danish National Opera

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Send in the clowns: Stefan Herheim’s Lulu in Copenhagen

Hélène Guilmette (Laoula), Stéphanie d'Oustrac (Lazuli) and Julie Boulianne (Aloès) © Marco Borggreve | Dutch National Opera
Hélène Guilmette (Laoula), Stéphanie d'Oustrac (Lazuli) and Julie Boulianne (Aloès)
© Marco Borggreve | Dutch National Opera

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Chabrier’s L’étoile: a delightful mix of surreal, farce and poetry in Pelly's production

Benvenuto Cellini at ENO © Richard Hubert Smith | ENO
Benvenuto Cellini at ENO
© Richard Hubert Smith | ENO
Christine Goerke (Prima Donna) © Karli Cadel | Glimmerglass Festival
Christine Goerke (Prima Donna)
© Karli Cadel | Glimmerglass Festival

Terry Gilliam strikes gold for ENO with a riotous Benvenuto Cellini

Ariadne in Naxos in New York update at Glimmerglass Festival

Marjorie Owens (Daphne) © Matthias Creutziger | Dresden Staatsoper
Marjorie Owens (Daphne)
© Matthias Creutziger | Dresden Staatsoper

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Dresden's Daphne relocated into Nazi Germany

Stuart Skelton (Otello) © Francis Loney | ENO
Stuart Skelton (Otello)
© Francis Loney | ENO

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

"One that lov'd not wisely but too well": a visceral Otello at ENO 

Warwick Fyfe (Falstaff) and Jane Ede (Alice Ford) © Jeff Busby | Opera Australia
Warwick Fyfe (Falstaff) and Jane Ede (Alice Ford)
© Jeff Busby | Opera Australia
Fflur Wyn (Mimi) © Mike Hoban | Garsington Opera
Fflur Wyn (Mimi)
© Mike Hoban | Garsington Opera

Falstaff in Melbourne: a high-calibre, cavorting, colour-coded comedy

Opera's dead parrot sketch: Offenbach's Vert-Vert delights at Garsington

Mary Bevan (Susanna) © Robbie Jack | ENO
Mary Bevan (Susanna)
© Robbie Jack | ENO

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

A fabulous Figaro from Fiona Shaw for English National Opera

Emily Magee (The Empress) © Clive Barda | The Royal Opera
Emily Magee (The Empress)
© Clive Barda | The Royal Opera

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Revelatory playing in the Royal Opera's Die Frau ohne Schatten

Maya Lahyani (Palestinian Woman) © en Howard | Metropolitan Opera
Maya Lahyani (Palestinian Woman)
© en Howard | Metropolitan Opera

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Stunning new production ofThe Death of Klinghoffer at the Met

Sophie Koch (Octavian) and Mojca Erdmann (Sophie) © Salzburg Festival | Monika Ritterhaus
Sophie Koch (Octavian) and Mojca Erdmann (Sophie)
© Salzburg Festival | Monika Ritterhaus

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Vienna is the true heroine in Kupfer's new Salzburg staging of Der Rosenkavalier

Ferruccio Furlanetto (Don Quichotte) © Michael Cooper | Canadian Opera Company
Ferruccio Furlanetto (Don Quichotte)
© Michael Cooper | Canadian Opera Company
Clive Bayley (Gesler) © Richard Hubert Smith | Welsh National Opera
Clive Bayley (Gesler)
© Richard Hubert Smith | Welsh National Opera

Don Quichotte enchants with luscious singing and whimsical design

Rossini's William Tell in fifty shades of grey

Idomeneo © Catherine Ashmore | The Royal Opera
Idomeneo
© Catherine Ashmore | The Royal Opera

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Martin Kušej's Idomeneo cast as gripping political power struggle

Svetlana Sozdateleva (Katerina) © Erik Berg | Norwegian National Opera
Svetlana Sozdateleva (Katerina)
© Erik Berg | Norwegian National Opera

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Fish, sex and marching bands: Lady Macbeth of the Mtsensk District

Anna Prohaska (Blonde) © Agathe Poupeney | Opéra National de Paris
Anna Prohaska (Blonde)
© Agathe Poupeney | Opéra National de Paris

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

From silver screen to golden hall: Die Entführung aus dem Serail at Palais Garnier

Ildar Abdrazakov (Prince Igor) © Cory Weaver | Metropolitan Opera
Ildar Abdrazakov (Prince Igor)
© Cory Weaver | Metropolitan Opera

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

An heroic and harrowing Prince Igor at the Met Opera

Scene from The Cunning Little Vixen © Michael Pöhn | Wiener Staatsoper
Scene from The Cunning Little Vixen
© Michael Pöhn | Wiener Staatsoper

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

A fairy tale finale: Otto Schenk's The Cunning Little Vixen in Vienna

Dmytro Popov (Riccardo) and Keri Alkema (Amelia) © Patrice Nin | Théâtre du Capitole, Toulouse
Dmytro Popov (Riccardo) and Keri Alkema (Amelia)
© Patrice Nin | Théâtre du Capitole, Toulouse

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Premier opéra de la saison toulousaine : un Bal masqué bien sobre

Philippe Sly (Ormonte) © Cory Weaver | San Francisco Opera
Philippe Sly (Ormonte)
© Cory Weaver | San Francisco Opera
Barbara Hannigan (Marie) © Wilfried Hösl | Bayerisches Staatsoper
Barbara Hannigan (Marie)
© Wilfried Hösl | Bayerisches Staatsoper

Handling Handel's Partenope at the War Memorial Opera House

Die Soldaten in Munich is uncomfortable, ugly, violent... and perfect