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Performer: Alex Otterburn

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AlresfordAgrippina

Anna Bonitatibus (Agrippina) © Robert Workman
Handel: Agrippina
Robert Howarth; Walter Sutcliffe; The Grange Festival; Jon Bausor; Anna Bonitatibus; Raffaele Pe; Stefanie True
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Empty hunger: Bieito’s Carmen returns to ENO

Sean Panikkar (Don José) and Justina Gringytė (Carmen) © Richard Hubert Smith
Bieito’s Carmen is now a mainstay of ENO's repertoire, but with an excellent central cast led by Sean Panikkar and Justina Gringytė, the production feels entirely fresh. 
****1
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Pure melody and riotous entertainment: ENO's Paul Bunyan

Elgan Llŷr Thomas (Johnny Inkslinger) © Lloyd Winters
The American Dream hits Ally Pally in a vivacious performance of Britten's eclectic operetta, headlined by an ENO chorus who knock it out of the park.
****1
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Jack the Ripper: The Women of Whitechapel

Alex Otterburn (Squibby) and Natalya Romaniw (Mary Kelly) © Alastair Muir
Daniel Kramer’s direction is a model of restraint compared to some of his earlier work for the company.
***11
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Opera North's energetic Merry Widow

Alex Otterburn (Cascada), Máire Flavin (Hanna Glawari) and Alex Banfield (St Brioche) © Robert Workman
Giles Havergal directs and Martin André conducts an energetic production of Franz Léhar's The Merry Widow at the Grand Theatre, Leeds.
***11
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EIF's Queen's Hall cycle closes with a Bernstein flourish

James Baillieu © Clive Barda
The EIF begins its Bernstein day with music from the outer edges of his career.
****1
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Ariadne aus Glasgow: a few twists at Opera Holland Park

Jennifer France (Zerbinetta) © Robert Workman
A spirited and seamless production of Strauss’s Ariadne is aided by some excellent singing and playing at London’s premier summer opera festival.
****1
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