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A scene from Cole Porter's 'Kiss Me, Kate' at Opera North. Photo © 2015 Alastair Muir  Veronica Simeoni in Hans Werner Henze's 'The Bassarids' at Teatro dell'Opera di Roma. Photo © 2015 Yasuko Kageyama  David Butt Philip and Ylva Kihlberg in Opera North's 'Jenůfa'. Photo © 2015 Richard H Smith  Paul Appleby in Mozart's 'The Magic Flute' at San Francisco Opera. Photo © 2015 Cory Weaver  Katie Bray as Rosina in Opera North's 'The Barber of Seville'. Photo © 2015 Tristram Kenton


Delirious Joy - Opera North's 'Kiss Me, Kate' impresses Mike Wheeler

Enthralling Music - Hans Werner Henze's 'The Bassarids', reviewed by Giuseppe Pennisi

An Overwhelming Theatrical Experience - Opera North brings Janácek's 'Jenufa' to Nottingham, reviewed by Mike Wheeler

Unique Enchantment - Mozart's Magic Flute at San Francisco Opera, enjoyed by Maria Nockin

Exuberant Delight - Opera North's 'The Barber of Seville', enjoyed by Mike Wheeler

Luxuriant Orchestration - Mozart's 'Idomeneo', heard by Giuseppe Pennisi

Druid Priestess Conquers LA - James Sohre is impressed by Bellini's 'Norma'

An International Co-production - Donizetti's 'Don Pasquale' impresses Giuseppe Pennisi

The Downfall - Richard Strauss' 'Elektra' in Bologna, reviewed by Giuseppe Pennisi

Dramatic Values - Richard Wagner's 'Tannhäuser', live in HD from New York, reviewed by Maria Nockin

Towards the Abyss - Alban Berg's 'Wozzeck' at La Scala, reviewed by Giuseppe Pennisi

Two Ballets - Giuseppe Pennisi experiences a new dance in Rome

Superstars - Bromley Youth Music Trust's 'West Side Story' impresses Alice McVeigh

Truth and Loyalty - Verdi's 'Otello', live in HD from New York impresses Maria Nockin

Close to Perfection - 'Il Trovatore' live in HD from New York Metropolitan Opera, enjoyed by Maria Nockin

Musical Prowess - Robert Anderson's 'Opera Nights and Nightmares', read by Gerald Fenech

The End of Utopia - 'The Rise and Fall of the City of Mahagonny' by Kurt Weill and Bertolt Brecht, reviewed by Giuseppe Pennisi

A Bloody Good Time - James Sohre enjoyed Stephen Sondheim's 'Sweeney Todd' at San Francisco Opera

Unjustly Neglected - Rare Verdi, well done in San Francisco, reported by James Sohre

DVD Spotlight. Strong Voices - 'Porgy and Bess' from San Francisco Opera, appreciated by Ron Bierman. '... John DeMain leads the opera orchestra in a performance that blends well with the voices ...'

A High Level - German operas at the Enescu Festival in Bucharest, experienced by Giuseppe Pennisi

Intricately Tuneful - Giuseppe Pennisi reviews John Adams' opera 'I Was looking at the Ceiling and Then I Saw the Sky'

Santa Fe's Mountain Tops - Jennifer Higdon's 'Cold Mountain' impresses James Sohre

Big Voices - Verdi's 'Rigoletto' from Santa Fe, reviewed by Maria Nockin

Semi-serious Rossini - Giuseppe Pennisi visits the Rossini Opera Festival in Pesaro

A Gift for the Bizarre - Salieri operas in England impress Roderic Dunnett

Constant Motion - Donizetti's 'La fille du régiment' at Santa Fe Opera, reviewed by Maria Nockin

Intense and Moving - Opera at the Salzburg Summer Festival, reviewed by Giuseppe Pennisi

Scintillating Overtones - Maria Nockin describes the best 'Salome' she's seen in a decade

Vocal Fireworks - Mozart's 'La Finta Giardiniera' from Santa Fe delights Maria Nockin

Meeting between Civilizations? - Wolfgang Rihm's 'Die Eroberung von Mexico', reviewed by Giuseppe Pennisi

Frustratingly Patchy - Charpentier's 'Louise', reviewed by Mike Wheeler

A Long Musical Summer - Giuseppe Pennisi attended the Chigiana International Festival in Siena

Positively Explosive - Verdi's 'La traviata' at Winslow Hall Opera, reviewed by Roderic Dunnett

Far from Traditional - Puccini operas in Rome, reviewed by Giuseppe Pennisi

More than a Mere Curiosity - Verdi's 'Giovanna d'Arco', reviewed by Mike Wheeler

A Flawed Production - Mike Wheeler has some reservations with Donizetti's 'Lucia di Lammermoor' at Buxton

Grim and Shivery Intensity - Bizet's 'Carmen' at Nevill Holt Opera impresses Roderic Dunnett

General Tendencies - Giuseppe Pennisi visits Aix-en-Provence for three operas and an orchestral concert

A Gift Horse - Berlioz's 'Les Troyens' at San Francisco Opera brings tears to James Sohre's eyes

Taking Flight? - Marco Tutino's 'Two Women (La Ciociara)', reviewed by James Sohre

DVD Spotlight. An Ancient Character - Rossini's 'Semiramide', reviewed by Howard Smith. '... traditional elements alongside innovative ones.'

Endlessly Memorable - Britten's 'Death in Venice' from Garsington Opera at Wormsley, reviewed by Roderic Dunnett

DVD Spotlight. Telling Effect - Gaetano Donizetti's 'La Favorite' impresses Gerald Fenech. '... lovingly produced and passionately executed ...'

A Remarkable Service - Saint-Saëns' 'Samson and Delilah' at Grange Park Opera, reviewed by Roderic Dunnett

A Dark Lady - Tchaikovsky's 'Queen of Spades' appeals to Giuseppe Pennisi

Visionary Creation - Alessandro Solbiati's 'Il Suono Giallo', enjoyed by Giuseppe Pennisi

An Imperial Festival - Giuseppe Pennisi visits Ravenna to hear Pierre Boulez, Adriano Guarnieri and Nicola Piovani

A Scintillating Evening - Szymanowski's 'King Roger' at Covent Garden, reviewed by Roderic Dunnett

Eclectic and Attractive - Giorgio Battistelli's new opera for Expo Milano 2015 impresses Giuseppe Pennisi

A Posthumous Debut - Giorgio Strehler's 'Marriage of Figaro' finally reaches Rome, enjoyed by Giuseppe Pennisi

A 3D Fairytale - Mozart's 'The Magic Flute' from Bologna impresses Giuseppe Pennisi

Somewhat Uneven - Cav and Pag in HD from Metropolitan Opera, reviewed by Maria Nockin

Troubles in Florence - Maggio Musicale Fiorentino's 'Fidelio' is performed under difficult conditions, described by Giuseppe Pennisi

A Long Nocturne - Giuseppe Pennisi describes an intimate 'Aida' in Rome

CD Spotlight. Supercharged Emotions - Agostino Steffani's 'Niobe, Regina di Tebe', recommended by Gerald Fenech. '... intense renditions full of dramatic power and feeling.'

'Lucia' in the Madhouse - Giuseppe Pennisi attends a memorial to Luca Ronconi

Challenging, Versatile and Unexpected - Roderic Dunnett visits Hungarian State Opera

Undoubtedly Authentic - Rossini's 'La Donna del lago' delights Maria Nockin

Needle-sharp Vitality - Opera North's 'La Vida Breve', reviewed by Mike Wheeler

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