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MadridFaustNew production

Faust
Gounod: Faust
Dan Ettinger; Àlex Ollé; Teatro Real; Alfons Flores; Lluc Castells; Marina Rebeka; Irina Lungu

MilanAli Baba and the Forty Thieves (Alì Babà e i 40 ladroni)New Production

Francesca Manzo (Delia), Riccardo Della Sciucca (Nadir) and Chuan Wang (Calaf) © Marco Brescia & Rudy Amisano | Teatro alla Scala
Cherubini: Ali Baba ou les Quarante Voleurs
Paolo Carignani; Liliana Cavani; Teatro alla Scala; Leila Fteita; Soloists of the Teatro alla Scala Academy; Teatro alla Scala Academy Orchestra; Emanuela Tagliavia

AmsterdamDie Zauberflöte

Stanislas de Barbeyrac (Tamino) © Michel Schnater
Mozart: Die Zauberflöte (The Magic Flute)
Antonello Manacorda; Simon McBurney; Dutch National Opera; Michael Levine; Nicky Gillibrand; Dimitry Ivashchenko; Stanislas de Barbeyrac

LiègeIl trovatore

Verdi: Il trovatore
Daniel Oren; Stefano Vizioli; Opéra Royal de Wallonie-Liège; Alessandro Ciammarughi; Mario Cassi; Yolanda Auyanet

PhiladelphiaSky on SwingsWorld première

Sky on Swings
Beecher: Sky on Swings
Geoffrey McDonald; Joanna Settle; Opera Philadelphia; Andrew Lieberman; Tilly Grimes; Frederica von Stade; Marietta Simpson

MindenDer Ring des Nibelungen – Götterdämmerung

Wagner: Götterdämmerung
Frank Beermann; Gerd Heinz; Frank Philipp Schlößmann; Thomas Mohr; Dara Hobbs
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Magical musicianship, but drab direction

Mirella Hagen (Morgana) and Rainer Trost (Oronte) © Herwig Prammer
Marlis Petersen's Alcina bloomed for a knockout “Ah! mio cor!” just in time for intermission.
***11
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Guth's FroSch arrives at Unter den Linden

Sarah Grether (Weiße Gazelle) and Camilla Nylund (Die Kaiserin) © Hans Jörg Michel (2017)
Guth's incisive staging of Strauss and Hofmannsthal's grandest opera proves a moving and detailed experience at its transfer to the reopened Staatsoper. 
****1
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A lovely, lurid Tosca from Opera North

Giselle Allen (Tosca) and Rafael Rojas (Cavaradossi) © Richard Hubert Smith
Edward Dick directs a Tosca full of contemporary references with Opera North at Leeds Grand Theatre, Puccini's score conducted by Antony Hermus.
****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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A cultural touchstone takes centre-stage at Prague's National Theatre

Dana Burešová (Libuše) © Jakub Gulyás
Smetana's Libuše makes a timely reappearance in Prague.
***11
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Irish National Opera's futuristic Hoffmann

Claudia Boyle (Olympia) © Pat Redmond
Tom Creed's take on Offenbach's opéra fantastique works best in the Olympia act in this new production in Dublin. 
***11
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