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Performer: Welsh National Opera

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CardiffUn ballo in mascheraNew production

Gwyn Hughes Jones (Riccardo) and Mary Elizabeth Williams (Amelia) © Bill Cooper
Verdi: Un ballo in maschera
Carlo Rizzi; David Pountney; Welsh National Opera; Raimund Bauer; Marie-Jeanne Lecca; Gwyn Hughes Jones; Roland Wood

CardiffThe Magic Flute

Mozart: Die Zauberflöte (The Magic Flute)
Damian Iorio; Dominic Cooke; Welsh National Opera; Julian Crouch; Kevin Pollard; Ben Johnson; Anita Watson

CardiffRoberto Devereux

Donizetti: Roberto Devereux
Carlo Rizzi; Alessandro Talevi; Welsh National Opera; Madeleine Boyd; Joyce El-Khoury; Justina Gringytė

BirminghamUn ballo in mascheraNew production

Verdi: Un ballo in maschera
Carlo Rizzi; David Pountney; Welsh National Opera; Raimund Bauer; Marie-Jeanne Lecca; Gwyn Hughes Jones; Roland Wood

BirminghamThe Magic Flute

Mozart: Die Zauberflöte (The Magic Flute)
Damian Iorio; Dominic Cooke; Welsh National Opera; Julian Crouch; Kevin Pollard; Ben Johnson; Anita Watson
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Ballo II, the American cut: an indigestible staging at WNO

Gwyn Hughes Jones (Riccardo) and Mary Elizabeth Williams (Amelia) © Bill Cooper
Musically, WNO gets it right. Straightforward brilliance is the order of the day, and plenty of it.
***11
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McVicar's Traviata is still darkly impressive

Anush Hovhannisyan (Violetta) © Jane Hobson (2017 for Scottish Opera)
Even given a routine revival, McVicar's staging has much to recommend it, returning the opera to its literary roots. 
***11
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“Once upon a time”: Rossini's Cinderella in Cardiff

Tara Erraught (Angelina) © Jane Hobson
Delights both sugary and strange in this revival of La Cenerentola by Welsh National Opera.
****1
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Ferocious intensity: Pountney's new War and Peace at WNO

Lauren Michelle (Natasha) and Jonathan McGovern (Prince Andrei) © Clive Barda
WNO make a compelling case for Prokofiev's gargantuan War and Peace.
*****
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Luminous performances lift heavy-metal Pelléas

Jurgita Adamonytė (Mélisande) and Jacques Imbrailo (Pelléas) © Clive Barda
Stellar voices and orcheatra and some inspired staging choices elevate an otherwise heavy-handed production of Pelléas et Mélisande from the WNO at the Hong Kong Arts Festival.
****1
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