Tragedy to Come - Maria Nockin experiences one of this era's best productions of 'Carmen', live in HD from New York Metropolitan Opera
The Ambiguity of 'Fidelio' - Giuseppe Pennisi was at the opening night of La Scala's opera season
Back in the Lagoon - Giuseppe Pennisi visits La Fenice for Verdi's 'Simon Boccanegra'
Thoughtful Engagement - Monteverdi's 'Coronation of Poppaea', reviewed by Mike Wheeler
A Great Deal of Fun - Maria Nockin enjoys Rossini's 'Barber of Seville' in HD from New York
Greater Depth - 'La Traviata' at Opera North, reviewed by Mike Wheeler
Versatility and Intelligence - Balázs Kovalik's new production of 'Die Frau Ohne Schatten' at Opera Leipzig fascinates Roderic Dunnett
Eye-popping Delight - Smetana's 'The Bartered Bride' impresses Mike Wheeler
Engrossing Performance - Dvorák's 'Rusalka' in Rome impresses Giuseppe Pennisi
Bold Eccentricities - Meyerbeer and the Development of Parisian Grand Opera, by George Colerick
A Very Joyful Production - Benjamin Britten's 'Albert Herring' at Hampstead Garden Opera impresses Alice McVeigh
Eros and Gospels - Giuseppe Pennisi was in Naples for Richard Strauss' 'Salome'
An Affectionate Eye - George Bernard Shaw as London Music Critic, by George Colerick
Troubles in Rome - Verdi's Rigoletto, reviewed by Giuseppe Pennisi
Human Tragedy - Stefano Ranzani conducts Verdi's 'Simon Boccanegra', reviewed by Giuseppe Pennisi
A Great Privilege - Mozart's Marriage of Figaro live in HD from the New York Met, experienced by Maria Nockin
Welcome Rarities - James Sohre enjoyed his visit to Wexford Festival Opera
Wildly Beautiful - Witches dressed as village ladies of the 1950s as New York Metropolitan Opera begins its HD broadcast season with Verdi's Macbeth, described by Maria Nockin
Resplendent Performances - Verdi's Otello launches English National Opera's 2014-15 season in David Alden's new production, reported by Malcolm Miller
God's Forgiveness - A journey to the Almighty with Verdi's 'The Force of Destiny', highly rated by Giuseppe Pennisi
Sex and Violence - Graham Vick's 'Don Giovanni', reviewed by Giuseppe Pennisi
Full of Irony - De Giosa's 'Don Checco', heard by Giuseppe Pennisi
A Thin Connection - Purcell's 'King Arthur' travels to Italy, and is experienced by Giuseppe Pennisi
Sorrows of Young Rossini - Giuseppe Pennisi sends a second report from the 2014 Rossini Opera Festival
Avant-garde and Fun - 'The Barber of Seville' at the Rossini Opera Festival, enjoyed by Giuseppe Pennisi
Thoroughly Delightful - Maria Nockin visits Santa Fe Opera and experiences all of their 2014 productions
CD Spotlight. Dust and Ashes - Handel's 'The Triumph of Time and Truth', impresses Robert Anderson. '... admirable performance ...'
Daring and Bold - 'Madama Butterfly' and 'Il Trittico' at the Puccini Festival, discussed by Giuseppe Pennisi
Rosenkavalier at War - Richard Strauss at Salzburg, with Giuseppe Pennisi
Spectral Music - Women and War at the Salzburg Festival, by Giuseppe Pennisi
DVD Spotlight. Much Courage - Alfredo Catalani's 'La Wally', reviewed by Robert Anderson. 'This Tyrolean team has made fine music ...'
Nature and Sentiment - Wagner's 'Ring' at the Tyroler Festspiele Erl impresses Giuseppe Pennisi
Completely Bonkers - H K Gruber's 'Gloria - A Pigtale', reviewed by Mike Wheeler
Fatally Compromised - Rossini's 'Otello', reviewed by Mike Wheeler
CD Spotlight. Varied Mythology - Deutsche Grammophon's Strauss opera compilation, sampled by Robert Anderson. '... a hugely enjoyable set ...'
Whipped Cream - Buxton Festival's 2014 Opera Gala, attended by Mike Wheeler
A Gasparini Renaissance - Giuseppe Pennisi experiences 'Il Bajazet'
Steely Force - A devastatingly fresh take on 'Orfeo ed Eurydice', admired by Mike Wheeler
Dramatic Weaknesses - Dvorák's 'The Jacobin', reviewed by Mike Wheeler
More Powerful - 'Carmen' in Bizet's original version, reviewed by Giuseppe Pennisi
Pure Entertainment - Roderic Dunnett visits Garsington Opera at Wormsley
Light of Hope - Palermo's mixed reception to an innovative 'Norma', reviewed by Giuseppe Pennisi
DVD Spotlight. First Rate - Richard Strauss' 'Salome', recommended by Gerald Fenech. '... fine and emotionally sapping ...'
Orpheus versus Orpheus - Giuseppe Pennisi enjoys 'Orfeo e Euridice' at the Maggio Musicale Fiorentino, and surveys the different versions of Gluck's opera
Champagne not Orange Juice - Prokofiev's 'The Love of Three Oranges', reviewed by Giuseppe Pennisi
A Dazzling Ninety Minutes - 'The Cunning Little Vixen', enjoyed by Kelly Ferjutz
Ask Alice - On 'Dialogues des Carmelites' at Covent Garden, with classical music agony aunt Alice McVeigh
DVD Spotlight. Disturbing Nightmares - Musorgsky's Boris Godunov, reviewed by Robert Anderson. 'I was surprised how quickly my patience ran out.'
A Veritable Spectacle - Smetana's 'The Bartered Bride', enjoyed by Roderic Dunnett
From chains to the Almighty - Twentieth century operas in Rome, reviewed by Giuseppe Pennisi
Existential Tragedy - A new Italian production of Don Giovanni, reviewed by Giuseppe Pennisi
Mesmerising Power - Julian Anderson's new opera 'Thebans', reviewed by Roderic Dunnett
Near Perfect - Rossini's 'La Cenerentola', reviewed by Maria Nockin
Carefully Mixed - Donizetti's L'elisir d'amore in Rome, enjoyed by Giuseppe Pennisi
DVD Spotlight. Dedicated Teamwork - Prokofiev's The Fiery Angel, reviewed by Robert Anderson. '... forceful and compelling ...'
Metaphysical Realm - Wagner's 'Tristan und Isolde' impresses Giuseppe Pennisi
Truly Exquisite - Mozart's Così fan tutte, live in high definition from New York, enjoyed by Maria Nockin
DVD Spotlight. Sweeping Drama - Wagner's Götterdämmerung from La Scala Milan impresses Gerald Fenech. 'The singing is at a constantly high level throughout ...'
DVD Spotlight. Innocence Abused - Britten's 'Death in Venice', reviewed by Robert Anderson. '... Britten conjures weird and wonderful sounds from his orchestra ...'
Passage from Anger - Andrea Molino's Qui non c'è perché impresses Giuseppe Pennisi
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