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Performer: Paule Constable

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BerlinIdomeneo

Mozart: Idomeneo, rè di Creta
Louis Langrée; Sir David McVicar; Staatsoper Berlin; Vicki Mortimer; Gabrielle Dalton; Andrew Staples; Lea Desandre
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A musically ideal Così in The Met's revival

Luca Pisaroni (Guglielmo) and Serena Malfi (Dorabella) © Jonathan Tichler | Met Opera
Phelim McDermott’s Coney Island Così fan tutte returns to The Met, in sparkling vocal performances. 
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Great Britten: Death in Venice returns to Covent Garden

Gerald Finley (Gondolier) and Mark Padmore (Aschenbach) © ROH | Catherine Ashmore
Benjamin Britten's final opera hasn't been staged by The Royal Opera in over 25 years, but his setting of Thomas Mann's Death in Venice receives a great new production by Sir David McVicar. 
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Met Opera revives Le nozze di Figaro with musical style

Nadine Sierra (Susanna), Adam Plachetka (Count Almaviva) and Susanna Phillips (Countess Almaviva) © Marty Sohl | Met Opera

In its revival of the 2014 production of Mozart’s Le nozze di Figaro, the Metropolitan Opera offers a satisfying blend of comic antics, beautifully realized music, and some top-notch singing in several roles. 

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Magical Flute: McVicar's Zauberflöte returns to Covent Garden

Elsa Dreisig (Pamina) and Tuuli Takala (Queen of the Night) © ROH | Tristram Kenton

David McVicar’s imaginative staging of Mozart’s The Magic Flute comes back for its eighth run at the Royal Opera with an excellent new cast.

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Romeo + Juliet another palpable hit for Sir Matthew Bourne

Cordelia Braithwaite (Juliet) and Paris Fitzpatrick (Romeo) © Johan Persson
A commitment to youth brings another palpable hit to the New Adventures' repertoire. 
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