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Performer: Anthony Ward

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HamburgTosca

Puccini: Tosca
Ivan Repušić; Robert Carsen; Hamburg State Opera; Anthony Ward; Kristine Opolais; Marcelo Álvarez
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Another sparkling revival of La bohème by Opera North

Eleazar Rodriguez (Rodolfo) and Lauren Fagan (Mimì) © Richard Hubert Smith
Michael Barker-Craven directs and Renato Balsadonna conducts this successful revival of Puccini's La bohème in Opera North's production at Leeds Grand Theatre.
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Masterfully villainous: Netrebko and Lučić in Macbeth

Željko Lučić (Macbeth) and Anna Netrebko (Lady Macbeth) © ROH | Bill Cooper
The Royal Opera's revival of Phyllida Lloyd's production is marked by two outstanding Verdian singers and a superb rendering of the score from Pappano and the ROH Orchestra.
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Baroque sorcery: Handel's Alcina returns to the Staatsoper

Myrtò Papatanasiu (Alcina) and Rachel Frenkel (Ruggiero) © Michael Pöhn | Wiener Staatsoper
Baroque purists might prefer a more surefire line-up of brilliantly executed arias, but the theatrical framework of Adrian Noble's Alcina production offers a great deal.
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Opera North's revival of Carousel spins again

Opera North revives a brilliantly successful production of Carousel directed by Jo Davies at the Leeds Grand Theatre.
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Opera North's triumphant Peter Grimes returns to Leeds

A very welcome and triumphant revival of Peter Grimes begins Opera North’s Festival of Britten season, soon to be followed by A Midsummer Night’s Dream and Death in Venice. The work has often been described as Britten’s greatest, the paeans of praise beginning soon after its first performance just after the Second World War, often involving the word “enigma”.
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