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Performer: Florie Valiquette

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GlyndebourneDialogues des CarmélitesNew production

Poulenc: Dialogues des Carmélites
Robin Ticciati; Barrie Kosky; Glyndebourne Festival Opera; Katrin Lea Tag; Paul Gay; Cyrille Dubois

ParisCarmenNew production

Bizet: Carmen
Long Yu; Andreas Homoki; Opéra Comique; Paul Zoller; Gideon Davies; Gaëlle Arquez; John Osborn
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A metaphor for the modern world in Zurich

Julie Fuchs (Poppea) © Monika Rittershaus
Calixto Bieito sets Monteverdi’s L’incoronazione di Poppea in a hedonist, decadent society whose citizens are defined by their egotism, ambition and sexual exploits.
****1
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Enlightenment through compassion: Parsifal in Zurich

Stefan Vinke (Parsifal) and Nina Stemme (Kundry) © Danielle Liniger
Claus Guth’s grandiose production of Parsifal made major headlines in Zurich in 2011. With its new cast of principals, this revival is no less a sensation.
*****
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A great crime of passion: Médée in Zurich

Stéphanie d'Oustrac (Medée) and Ivan Thirion (Oronte) © Toni Suter & Tanja Dorendorf
From devoted wife and mother to murdering avenger, Médée is is a challenging role. A new Zurich production firmly secures her place in the collective memory, perhaps for the wrong reasons.
**111
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Torments, caprice and folly in Zurich

Julie Fuchs (Susanna) © Judith Schlosser
Men unfaithful out of habit? Sheer madness to trust a woman? These were the great themes of what has proven to be Mozart’s most popular opera.
****1
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In Amsterdam, a Matrimonio segreto for the future

Il matrimonio segreto © Hans van den Bogaard
Young singers, musicians and designers in this Matrimonio segreto co-produced by the three main opera companies in the Netherlands show that, on the stage and in the pit at least, the future of opera is bright.
****1
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