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Performer: Bryan Hymel

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SevilleTosca

Puccini: Tosca
Gianluca Marcianò; Rafael R. Villalobos; Teatro de la Maestranza; Emanuele Sinisi; Felipe Ramos; Real Orquesta Sinfónica de Sevilla
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A couple of Cavaradossis, plus a divine diva: Tosca at the ROH

A change of tenor mid-performance adds further drama to a night at the opera in Covent Garden...
****1
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Garanča glows in The Met's Damnation de Faust

Edward Gardner's conducting brings out the nuances of Berlioz's complex score, but The Met's concert staging lacks theatrical thrust.
***11
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Carmen minus charisma: a limp revival of Kosky's production

Barrie Kosky's divisive production returns to The Royal Opera but has lost its zing. 
**111
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Elena Zilio leads the verismo thrills

After its Christmas break, Cavalleria rusticana and Pagliacci return to the Royal Opera in Daminano Michieletto's arresting production. 
****1
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Evil under the sun: Hymel triumphs in Cav and Pag

Even stronger than first time round, Michieletto's impressive staging is complemented by an outstanding double role debut from Hymel and a heartbreaking Santuzza from Elīna Garanča.
*****
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Herheim’s lavish Vêpres siciliennes returns

A mural depicting Etna erupting is the only hint of Sicily in Stefan Herheim’s opulent staging, returning to Covent Garden for the first time since the Royal Opera’s Verdi bicentenary celebrations in 2013. 
****1
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