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Performer: Sir Thomas Allen

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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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Duplicity and deceit as Così returns to The Royal Opera

Serena Malfi (Dorabella) © ROH | Stephen Cummiskey
Everyone is in the know in Jan Philipp Gloger's “School for Lovers”, receiving its first revival at Covent Garden. 
****1
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Bernstein's Candide semi-staged by the LSO

Sir Thomas Allen with the Inquisition © Mark Allan
Jane Archibald gave possibly the most dazzling account of Cunegonde's music that I’ve heard. 
***11
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Scottish Opera’s Ariadne auf Naxos is witty and passionate

Laura Zigmantaite (Dryad), Mardi Byers (Ariadne), Elizabeth Cragg (Naiad) and Lucy Hall (Echo) © Richard Campbell
Antony McDonald’s take on Ariadne auf Naxos, a co-production from Scottish Opera and Opera Holland Park, sparkles with wit. 
****1
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The Met's Merry Widow fails to convince

Susan Graham (Hanna Glawari) © Marty Sohl | Metropolitan Opera
A conventional and quite predictable staging of Lehár’s most famous operetta was saved by dedicated musicians.
***11
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