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Ivor Bolton; Deborah Warner; Teatro Real; Michael Levine; Allan Clayton; Maria Bengtsson; Christopher Purves

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Humperdinck: Hänsel und Gretel
Friedrich Haider; Richard Jones; Bavarian State Opera; John Macfarlane; Tara Erraught; Corinna Scheurle

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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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Alwyn's Miss Julie rescued from the operatic desert

Anna Patalong and Benedict Nelson in Miss Julie © BBC | Tom Howard
William Alwyn's operatic take on Strindberg is rarely performed – a complete mystery considering this excellent concert staging at the Barbican by the BBCSO under Sakari Oramo.
****1
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A lip-smacking Hansel and Gretel at Regent's Park Open Air Theatre

Rachel Kelly (Hansel) and Susanna Hurrell (Gretel) © Johan Persson
Mezzo-soprano Rachel Kelly and soprano Susanna Hurrell were the eponymous pair and, my, how they chewed the scenery.
****1
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The Monstrous Child: Norse hell in Covent Garden

Marta Fontanals-Simmons (Hel) © ROH | Stephen Cummiskey
The Linbury re-opens its doors to opera with a new work whose libretto is superbly crafted by Francesca Simon, featuring a tour de force performance by Marta Fontanals-Simmons as the Norse goddess Hel.
****1
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Kosky's Nose comes home to Komische Oper

Günter Papendell (Platon Kuzmich Kovalyov) © Iko Freese | drama-berlin.de
Shostakovich's early masterpiece is fêted at the Komische Oper Berlin
****1
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No muddle, just music: ROH Lady Macbeth of Mtsensk

Brandon Jovanovich (Sergey), Eva-Maria Westbroek (Katerina) © ROH | Clive Barda
The Royal Opera Orchestra produce a revelatory reading of Shostakovich’s eclectic score; a fine performance from Eva-Maria Westbroek and excellent acting from the whole cast light up the drama and farce.
****1
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