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Performer: Adam Smith

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BordeauxLes Contes d'Hoffmann

Offenbach: Les Contes d'Hoffmann (The Tales of Hoffmann)
Marc Minkowski; Vincent Huguet; Opéra National de Bordeaux; Aurélie Maestre; Clémence Pernoud; Eric Cutler; Adam Smith

LondonMadam Butterfly

Puccini: Madama Butterfly
Martyn Brabbins; Anthony Minghella; English National Opera; Martin Fitzpatrick; Michael Levine; Han Feng; Natalya Romaniw
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A dark, unflinching Rigoletto from Scottish Opera

Lina Johnson (Gilda) © Julie Howden
More relevant than ever, the patriarchal nightmare of Verdi's Rigoletto is dark and unflinching in Scottish Opera's revival of their 2011 production, with some striking scenes and fine singing.
****1
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A girl next door: La bohème at Dorset Opera Festival

Lauren Michelle (Musetta) and Charles Johnston (Alcindoro) © Fritz Curzon
It's not easy to imagine a freezing Parisian attic when you're in the middle of the rolling Dorset countryside in a baking summer, but Dorset Opera's excellent production of Puccini's La bohème is atmospheric enough to do so.
****1
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Rewriting Rimsky: a dismal Sadko in Ghent

Zurab Zurabishvili (Sadko) © Annemie Augustijns
Rimsky-Korsakov’s opera is rarely performed outside Russia. Sadly, I doubt that Daniel Kramer’s staging for Opera Vlaanderen will win it many new friends.
**111
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Inside the mind of the Moor with Thalheimer's Otello in Antwerp

Corinne Winters (Desdemona) and Ian Storey (Otello) © Annemie Augustijns
The unclear ideas and the excessive blackness in Thalheimer’s concept failed to convince, but Stoyanov and Joel’s presentation of Verdi’s score made up for those problems.
**111
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Andreas Schager triumphs in Bieito's Tannhäuser

Andreas Schager (Tannhäuser) and Ausrine Stundyte (Venus) © Annemie Augustijns
The lack of shock value in Calixto Bieito’s interpretation of Wagner's Tannhäuser premiering at the Vlaamse Opera in Ghent could almost be seen as a disappointment. All the more surprising then was the romantic intimacy created in this superlatively sung production.
****1
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