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Performer: The Royal Opera

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LondonMadama Butterfly

Puccini: Madama Butterfly
Dan Ettinger; Moshe Leiser; The Royal Opera; Christian Fenouillat; Agostino Cavalca; Christophe Forey; Orchestra of the Royal Opera House Covent Garden

LondonCosì fan tutte

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Mozart: Così fan tutte
Julia Jones; Jan Philipp Gloger; The Royal Opera; Ben Baur; Karin Jud; Bernd Purkrabek; Orchestra of the Royal Opera House Covent Garden

LondonCavalleria rusticana / Pagliacci

Mascagni, Leoncavallo
Sir Antonio Pappano; Damiano Michieletto; The Royal Opera; Paolo Fantin; Carla Teti; Alessandro Carletti; Orchestra of the Royal Opera House Covent Garden
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LondonOtello

Verdi: Otello
Sir Antonio Pappano; Keith Warner; The Royal Opera; Boris Kudlička; Kaspar Glarner; Orchestra of the Royal Opera House Covent Garden; Royal Opera Chorus
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A subtly revised Madama Butterfly returns to the Covent Garden stage

Moshe Leiser and Patrice Caurier’s production has undergone a year of expert scrutiny before this well-sung revival. 
***11
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Richard Jones’ tacky Samson et Dalila fails to bring down the house

Inspiration eludes the director as a new staging of Saint-Säens’ biblical epic falls flat but for some excellent musical performances led by outstanding mezzo Elīna Garanča. 
***11
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Pretty Yende sweetens Damiano Michieletto’s acidic Don Pasquale

Michieletto's slightly cold take on one of Donizetti's greatest comedies is amply compensated by some spectacular singing, with Pretty Yende's Norina a particular delight.
****1
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A matter of faith and doubt: David Alden’s Lohengrin at the ROH

A strong cast and a masterclass in Wagnerian conducting from Jakub Hrůša complement David Alden’s disturbing staging.
*****
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Potent sea, cruel mob: Peter Grimes at The Royal Opera

Deborah Warner's intelligent new Covent Garden staging provides the perfect backdrop for a strong singing cast in Britten's maritime masterpiece.
****1
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No punches pulled in an excellent Covent Garden Rigoletto

The second cast of the season for Oliver Mears' new Royal Opera production augments the intelligent staging with superb singing and acting.
*****
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