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Work type: Opera / Oratorio

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RotterdamSt Matthew Passion

Bach: St Matthew Passion, BWV244
Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra; Peter Dijkstra; Anna Lucia Richter; Maarten Engeltjes; Fabio Trümpy; Maximilian Schmitt

BudapestSaint Matthew Passion

Saint Matthew Passion
Bach: St Matthew Passion, BWV244
Gábor Csiki; Hungarian State Opera; Géza Tóth; Hungarian State Opera Chorus

BostonTristan und Isolde, Act 3

Wagner: Tristan und Isolde
Andris Nelsons; Emily Magee; Jonas Kaufmann; Günther Groissböck; Kostas Smoriginas

MunichMignonNew production

Mignon
Thomas: Mignon
Pierre Dumoussaud; Christiane Lutz; Operastudio of Bayerische Staatsoper; Christian Andre Tabakoff; Natascha Maraval; Sarah Gilford; Mirjam Mesak

SydneyLa traviata

© Georges Antoni
Verdi: La traviata
Brian Castles-Onion; Constantine Costi; Opera Australia; Brian Thomson; Tess Schofield; Stacey Alleaume; Jessica Nuccio

NorwichBritten Sinfonia: St Matthew Passion

Britten Sinfonia: St Matthew Passion
Bach: St Matthew Passion, BWV244
Britten Sinfonia; Britten Sinfonia Voices; Eamonn Dougan; Jacqueline Shave; Nicholas Mulroy
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Comedy with knobs on: English National Opera's new Figaro

Colin Judson (Don Basilio), Louise Alder (Susanna) and Johnathan McCullough (Count Almaviva) © Marc Brenner
A witty, insightful production at the Coliseum fizzes with comedy and pathos. 
****1
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Aleksandra Kurzak impresses in latest Covent Garden Traviata revival

Aleksandra Kurzak taking her curtain call © Mark Pullinger
In its 25th anniversary season, Richard Eyre's production continues to attract the world's great sopranos to the role of Violetta, the latest being Aleksandra Kurzak. 
****1
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Amazing Breaking the Waves: Scottish Opera at the Adelaide Festival

Sydney Mancasola (Bess) © Andrew Beveridge

Breaking the Waves is a remarkable opera. Scottish Opera has brought a thrilling cast, orchestra and team to Adelaide, and its audiences are all the richer for it.

*****
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Davide Livermore's La Scala Attila travels to Sydney

Taras Berezhansky (Attila) © Prudence Upton
Livermore updates the scene to the 1930s, but seems to be setting Mussolini's Italians against invading Germans. 
***11
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Inside out: Eight Songs for a Mad King in Auckland

Robert Tucker © Jeff McEwan
The vocal part requires a range covering over five octaves, from the lowest bass notes to a high falsetto and Robert Tucker coped amazingly with the score’s lyrical elements and the various shrieking, whispering and clucking noises he was called upon to create.
****1
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Juan Diego Flórez successfully debuts as Rodolfo in Zurich's Bohème

Juan Diego Flórez (Rodolfo) and Ruzan Mantashyan (Mimì) © Toni Suter
In a reprise of Ole Anders Tandberg’s somewhat confused production, a solid cast performs a charming bohème, under the baton of Marco Armiliato.
***11
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