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Performer: Ante Jerkunica

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MadridAVAILABLE IN SPAIN ONLY: La prohibición de amar

AVAILABLE IN SPAIN ONLY: La prohibición de amar
Wagner: Das Liebesverbot (The Ban on Love),
Ivor Bolton; Kasper Holten; Teatro Real; Steffen Aarfing; Christopher Maltman; Ilker Arcayürek

BarcelonaAVAILABLE IN SPAIN ONLY: Rigoletto

Verdi: Rigoletto
Riccardo Frizza; Monique Wagemakers; Gran Teatre del Liceu; Michael Levine; Sandy Powel; Carlos Álvarez; Desirée Rancatore
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Aleu's video brilliance powers a dystopian Liceu Turandot

Turandot Act 2 © Antoni Bofill
Fine musical performances blend with staggering video artistry in Aleu's spectacular science-fiction setting.
*****
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Timelessly timely: a dark and damning Rigoletto in Seattle

Madison Leonard (Gilda) and Lester Lynch (Rigoletto) © Sunny Martini
Using the misogyny and violence of Rigoletto to hold up a mirror to contemporary corruption, Lindy Hume's production overcomes its inconsistencies with a vivid blend of theatrical and musical values. 
****1
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Listen with Mother: Tsar Saltan as autism parable at La Monnaie

Svetlana Aksenova (Militrisa) and Bogdan Volkov (Gvidon) © Forster
Dmitri Tcherniakov's staging turns Rimsky-Korsakov's opera into storytelling for an autistic boy, but does he deliver a fairy tale ending? 
*****
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Gimadieva's dark coloratura impresses in La sonnambula

Venera Gimadieva (Amina) © Bernd Uhlig

Seven years after their production was voted as “production of the year” at Oper Stuttgart, Jossi Wieler and Sergio Morabito's La sonnambula opens in Berlin.

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Strongly cast Guillaume Tell hits its mark at Theater an der Wien

Christoph Pohl (Guillaume Tell) and Anita Rosati (Jemmy) © Moritz Schell
Osborn absolutely lives the part; he negotiated formidable heights, intricate passage work and the sheer volume of notes with style and clarity as well as colour and nuance. 
****1
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Fiery, formidable Boris Godunov at the Concertgebouw

Pablo Heras-Casado © Fernando Sancho
This year’s NTR ZaterdagMatinee concert series in Amsterdam kicked off with a Boris Godunov that left nothing to be desired.
*****
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