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Performer: Christina Cunningham

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CopenhagenThe Handmaid's TaleNew production

Ruders: The Handmaid's Tale
Giedrė Šlekytė; John Fulljames; Royal Danish Opera; Chloe Lamford; Christina Cunningham; Rachel Kelly; Sarah Champion
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The Rake’s Progress in the here and now at Dutch National Opera

Andrew Watts (Baba the Turk) and Paul Appleby (Tom Rakewell) © Monika Rittershaus
Virtuoso modern stagecraft and a fine cast combine in a very enjoyable, present-day Rake’s Progress.
****1
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McBurney paints a blank canvas in Aix

Paul Appleby (Tom), Hilary Summers (Mother Goose) and Chorus © Pascal Victor | Artcompress
Simon McBurney's production of The Rake's Progress for Festival d'Aix-en-Provence begins with the equivalent of a blank page – a simple white paper box onto which he pours his inspiration.
****1
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A real feast: Opera North's Hansel and Gretel

Katie Bray (Hansel) and Fflur Wyn (Gretel) © Robert Workman
Opera North's Hansel and Gretel at the Grand Theatre Leeds, directed by Edward Dick, is witty and perceptive, with some insights provide by Freudian psychanalysis
****1
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Snowflakes and sunflowers in Leeds

Aoife Miskelly (Snegurochka) © Richard Hubert Smith
Opera North's new production of The Snow Maiden is the first professional staging in the UK for over 60 years, although the magic is intermittent
***11
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Wilde life: The Importance of Being Earnest

Benedict Nelson (Algernon Moncrieff) and Claudia Boyle (Cecily Cardew) © ROH | Stephen Cummiskey
Gerald Barry’s deliciously anarchic operatic setting of Oscar Wilde’s The Importance of Being Earnest returns to the London stage.
*****
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