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Performer: Sir John Tomlinson

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Little MissendenThe Art of Love & Kokoschka's Doll

© Tony Nandi
Sir John Tomlinson; Rozanna Madylus; Fenella Humphreys; Deborah Calland

New York CityKatya Kabanova

Janáček: Katya Kabanova
Lothar Koenigs; Sir Jonathan Miller; Metropolitan Opera; Robert Israel; Susanna Phillips; Pavel Černoch

ClevelandOpera: Lulu in Concert

Berg: Lulu
Franz Welser-Möst; Barbara Hannigan; Bo Skovhus; Jennifer Johnson Cano; Norbert Ernst

AmsterdamBrett Dean's opera Hamlet

© Sim Canetty-Clarke
Dean: Hamlet
Markus Stenz; Allan Clayton; Kathryn Lewek; Rosie Aldridge; Rodney Gilfry

SalzburgOedipeNew production

Christopher Maltman (Oedipe) © Salzburg Festival | Monika Rittershaus
Enescu: Oedipe
Ingo Metzmacher; Achim Freyer; Christopher Maltman; Sir John Tomlinson
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Song of Destiny: Enescu's Oedipe at the Salzburg Festival

Christopher Maltman (Oedipe) © Salzburg Festival | Monika Rittershaus
Salzburg's new staging of Enescu's operatic epic Oedipe is a visual and musical triumph.
****1
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The coronation and tragedy of Boris revived at Covent Garden

Bryn Terfel (Boris) and Roger Honeywell (Shuisky) © ROH | Clive Barda
A title role performance full of depth from Terfel and a barnstorming comic interlude from Tomlinson provide some great moments, but much of this Boris fails to rise above the ordinary.
***11
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Jörg Widmann's Babylon revised for Staatsoper Berlin premiere

Charles Workman (Tammu) © Arno Declair
Widmann packs everything into Babylon – from classical arias to dissonant clusters, military marches, film music and a few chamber music moments.
****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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What’s up (with) Kosky’s Nose?

Martin Winkler (Kovalyov) © Prudence Upton
Kosky’s The Nose hits Sydney, sweeping the audience along with hallucinogenic energy. Led by the outstanding Martin Winkler and John Tomlinson, singers and musicians deliver a wild evening's entertainment.
*****
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