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Performer: Jean Kalman

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ViennaHänsel und Gretel

Humperdinck: Hänsel und Gretel
Cornelius Meister; Adrian Noble; Vienna State Opera; Anthony Ward; Jean Kalman; Szilvia Vörös

ViennaHänsel und Gretel

Humperdinck: Hänsel und Gretel
Cornelius Meister; Adrian Noble; Vienna State Opera; Anthony Ward; Jean Kalman; Virginie Verrez

ParisTosca

Puccini: Tosca
Giacomo Sagripanti; Pierre Audi; Opéra national de Paris; Dan Ettinger; Christof Hetzer; Robby Duiveman; Aleksandra Kurzak
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A Clemenza to pardon at Theater an der Wien

Nicole Chevalier (Vitellia) © Werner Kmetitsch
Sam Brown's sparse production leaves nothing to focus on but the individual protagonists on stage. 
***11
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A spirited Midsummer Night’s Dream at the Wiener Staatsoper

Lawrence Zazzo (Oberon) and Erin Morley (Tytania) © Michael Pöhn | Wiener Staatsoper GmbH
Countertenor Lawrence Zazzo is more than at home in the role of Oberon, and possesses a vocal quality ideal for the scheming king of the fairies, simultaneously eerie and seductive.
****1
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Mistrust, rage and colonialism: Otello at the Staatsoper

Aleksandrs Antonenko (Otello) © Wiener Staatsoper GmbH | Michael Pöhn
During the “Salce” and “Ave Maria” in Act Four Bezsmertna turned this to magical effect, thinning out and floating her shimmering soprano into gossamer threads.
***11
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Billy Budd finally drops anchor again at The Royal Opera

Jacques Imbrailo (Billy Budd) © ROH | Catherine Ashmore
After nearly two decades away from the Covent Garden stage, it was time Britten's Billy Budd came home, in a new production from Madrid by Deborah Warner. 
****1
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Beckett at La Scala: world première of Kurtág's Fin de partie

Leigh Melrose (Clov) and Frode Olsen (Hamm) © Ruth Walz | Teatro alla Scala
Never before has human impotence been so cruelly portrayed on stage.
****1
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In Amsterdam, McBurney's Die Zauberflöte continues to delight

Stanislas de Barbeyrac (Tamino) © Michel Schnater
Back for its third run at Dutch National Opera, with a satisfying cast, McBurney's staging wins new converts. 
****1
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