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MilanIl pirataNew Production

Sonya Yoncheva (Imogene) © Brescia & Amisano | Teatro alla Scala
Bellini: Il pirata
Riccardo Frizza; Emilio Sagi; Teatro alla Scala; Daniel Bianco; Pepa Ojanguren; Sonya Yoncheva; Roberta Mantegna

AmsterdamArabella Steinbacher plays Ravel

© Sammy Hart
Fauré, Saint-Saëns, Ravel, Bizet
Marseille Philharmonic Orchestra; Lawrence Foster; Arabella Steinbacher

Aix-en-ProvenceDivertimento to Three

Beethoven, Veress, Mozart
Daniel Sepec; Tabea Zimmermann; Jean-Guihen Queyras

Madonna di CampiglioCampiglio Special Week: Mendelssohn, Shostakovich, Schumann

Mendelssohn, Shostakovich, Schumann
Kremerata Baltica

BarcelonaLa favorite

© Antoni Bofill
Donizetti: La Favorite
Patrick Summers; Ariel García Valdés; Gran Teatre del Liceu; Jean-Pierre Vergier; Miren Urbieta Vega; Clémentine Margaine; Roger Padullés

SavonlinnaMadama Butterfly

Sae-Kyung Rim (Cio-Cio-San) and Mikael Kohi © Soila Puurtinen
Puccini: Madama Butterfly
Kalle Kuusava; Henry Akina; Dean Shibuya; Anne Namba; Sae-Kyung Rim; Gaston Rivero

Moreton-in-MarshAriadne auf Naxos | Longborough Festival Opera

Clare Presland (Composer) © Matthew Williams-Ellis
Strauss R.: Ariadne auf Naxos
Anthony Negus; Alan Privett; Longborough Festival Opera; Faye Bradley; Helena Dix; Jonathan Stoughton; Robyn Allegra Parton

LondonRaphaela Papadakis & Tom Poster

Haydn, Schubert, Schumann C., Brahms, Liszt, Hahn, Debussy, Satie, Poulenc
Raphaela Papadakis; Tom Poster
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Prom 3: An inflated Prom to celebrate BBC Young Musicians

Colin Currie, Owen Gunnell, Adrian Spillett and Sam Walton © BBC | Chris Christodoulou
With a smaller programme and a humbler premise, the stars of the show – those young, immensely talented performers – could have shone even brighter
***11
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Prom 2: Poise and restraint from Alain Altinoglu and the RPO

Alain Altinoglu © Marco Borggreve
Polished but ultimately tepid performances that kept the emotional temperature under wraps despite some fine individual playing and singing.
***11
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Nelsons sheds light on Puccini's canvas

Jonathan Tetelman and Kristine Opolais © Hilary Scott
Under Andris Nelsons' baton, the musical canvas was remarkably supple with proper light shed on Puccini’s melodic inventiveness and wondrous orchestration.
****1
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Mascagni's Isabeau at Opera Holland Park

Anne Sophie Duprels (Isabeau) © Ali Wright
An embarrassingly trite libretto proves unsalvageable, even with a committed cast of singers.
*1111
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A solid, dramatic staging for Rigoletto in Naples

Saimir Pirgu (The Duke of Mantua) and Nino Surguladze (Maddalena) © Francesco Squeglia
A trusty and convincing version of the masterpiece, with a cast of well-matched singers.
****1
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A game of two halves: Ariadne auf Naxos at Longborough

Clare Presland (Composer) © Matthew Williams-Ellis
Ariadne auf Naxos shines in an ultra-contemporary world of high net worth tantrums at Longborough Festival Opera, complete with glam rock fairies, giant string, and glorious music. 
****1
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Chamber music gets physical at the Schubertiade

Martin Fröst and Roland Pöntinen © Schubertiade
As part of the annual Schubertiade festival, clarinettist Martin Fröst and pianist Roland Pöntinin recently gave an unforgettable recital.
*****
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Prom 1: Five Telegrams and a Harbinger of War

Five Telegrams from Kensington Gardens © Mark Pullinger
Marking the centenary of the end of the First World War, Anna Meredith and 59 Productions' work proves a powerful, often surprisingly upbeat, commission.
****1
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