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LeedsDie Walküre Act 1

Kelly Cae Hogan (Brünnhilde) and Robert Hayward (Wotan) © Clive Barda
Wagner: Die Walküre
Richard Farnes; Peter Mumford; Opera North; James Creswell; Lee Bisset; Michael Weinius

LeedsDie Walküre Act 2

Kelly Cae Hogan (Brünnhilde) and Robert Hayward (Wotan) © Clive Barda
Wagner: Die Walküre
Richard Farnes; Peter Mumford; Opera North; Michael Weinius; James Creswell; Robert Hayward; Lee Bisset

LeedsDas Rheingold

Michael Druiett (Wotan), Jo Pohlheim (Alberich) and Wolfgang Ablinger-Sperrhacke (Loge) © Clive Barda
Wagner: Das Rheingold
Richard Farnes; Peter Mumford; Opera North; Michael Druiett; Andrew Foster-Williams; Mark Le Brocq; Wolfgang Ablinger-Sperrhacke
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Love, intrigue… and black paint-play: Luisa Miller at ENO

Elizabeth Llewellyn (Luisa) and Solomon Howard (Wurm) © Tristam Kenton
Verdi and Schiller lose out to Barbora Horáková in a new staging for English National Opera. 
***11
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Scottish Opera’s steampunk Magic Flute returns

Julia Sitkovetsky (The Queen of the Night) © James Glossop

Sir Thomas Allen’s crowd-pleasing Magic Flute returns to Scottish Opera in a finely sung performance with Tobias Ringborg drawing period colours from the orchestra.

****1
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Technicolor Clemenza at LA Opera

Russell Thomas (Tito) © Cory Weaver | LA Opera
Any parallels between Rome in the first century under Emperor Titus and the United States two millennia later under Emperor Trump were lost in a Tinseltown graphic novel sweep.
***11
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Truth and Wisdom: a searching Zauberflöte at Garsington

Louise Alder (Pamina) with Lucas Rebato, Frederick Jemison, Dionysios Sevastakis (Three Boys) © Johan Persson
A twist on the usual Enlightenment path, this is an admirable production, excellently executed.
****1
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A landmark Gloriana at the Teatro Real

Anna Caterina Antonacci (Elizabeth) and Leigh Melrose (Cecil) © Javier del Real | Teatro Real
Ivor Bolton and David McVicar have teamed up to create an unapologetically Brittenian Gloriana, with Anna Caterina Antonacci at the top of a great cast
*****
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Crime, punishment, forgiveness, redemption: Dead Man Walking finally reaches London

Michael Mayes (Joseph de Rocher) © Mark Allan | Barbican
Jake Heggie's spectacular vocal writing combine with Terence McNally's perfectly paced libretto to provide intense music drama which forces you to confront darkness.
*****
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