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AntwerpLa clemenza di TitoNew Production

© Kati Heck | Courtesy Tim Van Laere Gallery, Antwerp
Mozart: La clemenza di Tito
Stefano Montanari; Michael Hampe; Opera Vlaanderen; German Droghetti; Anat Edri; Agneta Eichenholz

BernKáťa Kabanová

Janáček: Káťa Kabanová
Kevin John Edusei; Florentine Klepper; Stadttheater Bern; Martina Segna; Adriane Westerbarkey; Johanni van Oostrum; Alessandro Liberatore

TokyoFidelioNew Production

Michael Kupfer-Radecky (Don Pizarro), Ricarda Merbeth (Leonore) and Stephen Gould (Florestan) © Masahiko Terashi | New National Theatre, Tokyo
Beethoven: Fidelio
Taijiro Iimori; Katharina Wagner; New National Theatre; Marc Löhrer; Thomas Kaiser; Stephen Gould; Hiroshi Kuroda

ZürichLa forza del destinoNew Production

La forza del destino
Verdi: La forza del destino
Fabio Luisi; Andreas Homoki; Zurich Opera; Hartmut Meyer; Mechthild Seipel; Hibla Gerzmava; George Petean

ParisOrfeo ed Euridice

Philippe Jaroussky (Orfeo), Patricia Petibon (Eurydice) © Vincent Pontet
Gluck: Orfeo ed Euridice
Diego Fasolis; Robert Carsen; Tobias Hoheisel; Philippe Jaroussky; Patricia Petibon

KasselWest Side Story

Bernstein: West Side Story
Orchester des Staatstheaters Kassel
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A guilty pleasure: Zeffirelli's Aida at La Scala

Krassimira Stoyanova (Aida), Fabio Sartori (Radamès) and George Gagnidze (Amonasro) © Brescia & Amisano | Teatro alla Scala
You feel you ought not to approve of such directorial extravagance, but catch yourself being drawn into the grand pageant. 
****1
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Patriotic fervour in Florence's La battaglia di Legnano

Giuseppe Gipali (Arrigo), Giuseppe Altomare (Rolando) and Vittoria Yeo (Lida) © Camilla Riccò | TerranovaProject Contrasto
Marco Tullio Giordana's new production at the Maggio Musicale may be static, but musically there's much to enjoy in this rare slice of middle-period Verdi.
****1
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Capriccio: Strauss’ swansong at the Staatsoper

Daniela Fally (Italian Singer) © Wiener Staatsoper | Michael Poehn
Vienna State Opera offered a solid production in which precious little gleamed.
***11
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Cynicism reigns in Katharina Wagner’s Fidelio in Tokyo

Michael Kupfer-Radecky (Don Pizarro), Ricarda Merbeth (Leonore) and Stephen Gould (Florestan) © Masahiko Terashi | New National Theatre, Tokyo
The most talked about new production in the New National Theatre Tokyo’s 20th anniversary season undercuts Beethoven’s idealism.
****1
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Minnesota Opera's Thaïs: a bright star in Massenet’s galaxy of women

Lucas Meachem (Athanaël) © Cory Weaver
In a highly effective stage presentation, the Minnesota Opera tells Jules Massenet’s story of two personalities whose spiritual journeys are like two ships passing in the night.
****1
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Seriously funny: Glyndebourne's Rosenkavalier

Rachel Willis-Sørensen (The Marschallin) © Robert Workman | Glyndebourne Festival 2018
Strauss' mix of bedroom farce, comedy of manners and bittersweet musing about aging is acted and sung superbly in this revival of Richard Jones' production.
*****
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