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
Passionate Tones - La bohème in HD from The Met, appreciated by Maria Nockin
Traditional and Bold - Berlioz's Les Troyens, heard by Giuseppe Pennisi
Wonderfully Amusing - Maria Nockin visits Mexico for Donizetti's L'elisir d'amore
Final Production? - Ron Bierman was at San Diego Opera's 'Don Quixote'
Clash of Civilizations - Rossini's 'Maometto II', reviewed by Giuseppe Pennisi
A Little More Human - Jack Perla's 'Jonah and the Whale', enjoyed by Maria Nockin
DVD Spotlight. Toughest Penance - Franck's 'Stradella', reviewed by Robert Anderson. '... the staging did its best to eliminate the music altogether ...'
Decadent and Sarcastic - A Zemlinsky-Puccini double bill in Turin, reviewed by Giuseppe Pennisi
Exploration and Discovery - 'Die Frau Ohne Schatten' at Covent Garden, reviewed by Alice McVeigh
Constantly Knitting - Mike Wheeler was at Opera North's Verdi Macbeth
A Sense of Unwinding - Roderic Dunnett marvels at Henze's Boulevard Solitude
Rather Classical - Silvia Colasanti's 'La Metamorfosi', experienced by Giuseppe Pennisi
A Spirited Reading - Traviata at Arizona Opera, reviewed by Maria Nockin
Truly Memorable - Power, technology and sex in Rimsky Korsakov's 'The Tsar's Bride', reviewed by Giuseppe Pennisi
A Double Melodrama - Giuseppe Pennisi was at Puccini's 'Manon Lescaut', performed under difficult conditions in Rome
Quite Different - A special 'Otello', reviewed by Giuseppe Pennisi
Unlucky in Love - Giuseppe Pennisi visits Pisa for The Tales of Hoffmann
A Beautiful Sad Fairy Tale - Rusalka, live in high definition from New York Metropolitan Opera, enjoyed by Maria Nockin
Vivid and Entertaining - Giuseppe Pennisi attends a Ravel double bill in Rome
Beautifully Coordinated - Candace Evans' new production of Puccini's La bohème, reviewed by Maria Nockin
A Sexy Summer Night - 'Feuersnot' by Richard Strauss, reviewed by Giuseppe Pennisi
Bold and Daring - A new production of Wagner's 'Parsifal', reviewed by Giuseppe Pennisi
CD Spotlight. Jupiter's Thunderbolt - Lully's Phaéton, enjoyed by Robert Anderson. '... brimful of the most varied enchantments.'
DVD Spotlight. Fluid and Magical - Ravel's operas, reviewed by Howard Smith. '... these concise aesthetic works stand out on DVD ...'
Alive and Well - Comic operas in Berlin, reviewed by Giuseppe Pennisi
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