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Performer: Catherine Carby

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SydneyIl ritorno d'Ulisse in patria (The Return of Ulysses to his Country), SV 325

Fernando Guimarães (Ulisse) © Brett Boardman
Monteverdi: Il ritorno d'Ulisse in patria (The Return of Ulysses to his Country), SV 325
Erin Helyard; Chas Rader-Shieber; Pinchgut Opera; Melanie Liertz; Fernando Guimarães; Catherine Carby

LondonOtello

Verdi: Otello
Sir Antonio Pappano; Keith Warner; The Royal Opera; Boris Kudlička; Kaspar Glarner; Gregory Kunde; Ermonela Jaho

LondonLa traviata

Verdi: La traviata
Maurizio Benini; Sir Richard Eyre; The Royal Opera; Bob Crowley; Aleksandra Kurzak; Frédéric Antoun
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Pinchgut takes on Il ritorno d'Ulisse in patria

Fernando Guimarães (Ulisse) © Brett Boardman

Monteverdi’s Il ritorno d’Ulisse in patria is given the Pinchgut treatment, with an abstract staging complementing historically informed music-making under Erin Helyard.

****1
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A bracing new Idomeneo from English Touring Opera

Catherine Carby, ETO Chorus and Galina Averina © Richard Hubert Smith
A direct and expressive new production of one of Mozart's most adventurous operas enthrals at the Hackney Empire. 
****1
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The Royal Ballet opens the new season with Mayerling

Natalia Osipova (Mary Vetsera) and Ryoichi Hirano (Rudolf) in Mayerling © ROH, 2018 | Helen Maybanks
A new season for The Royal Ballet and a new star is "born" in this performance that highlights the company's strength in depth   
***11
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Skelton and Anger set the scene for a superb Walküre

Stuart Skelton (Siegmund) © ROH | Bill Cooper
We start with a triumphant Royal Opera debut from Stuart Skelton, we close with Nina Stemme at her finest; a thrilling orchestral performance links the two. A memorable Walküre.
*****
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Damp squibs prevent ETO's Rossini: Fireworks! from taking off

Elena Xanthoudakis © William Knight
ETO's extracts from Rossini's serious operas at the Hackney Empire lacked spark and dynamism, but saw a fine showing from Elena Xanthoudakis and Catherine Carby.
***11
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