Heavy Stage Direction and Sets - Rossini's 'Il viaggio a Reims' in Rome, reviewed by Giuseppe Pennisi
Rigoletto on the Beach - Verdi in Sardinia, reviewed by Giuseppe Pennisi
DVD Spotlight. Exhilarating Mozart - 'La Finta Giardiniera' from Opéra de Lille, reviewed by Gerald Fenech. '... a humdinger of a version, passionately sung and acted and superbly conducted by Emmanuelle Haim.'
A Joy to Hear - Richard Strauss' 'Der Rosenkavalier', the last of this season's Live in HD broadcasts from New York Metropolitan Opera, impresses Maria Nockin
Tender and Engrossing - Benjamin Britten's 'Peter Grimes' in Bologna impresses Giuseppe Pennisi
Well-deserved Ovations - 'Lulu' lands in Rome after fifty years, by Giuseppe Pennisi
Visions of Human Suffering - Lyric Verdi, and a great success, but in some ways a 'Don Carlo' of losers at the Maggio Musicale Fiorentino, impresses Giuseppe Pennisi
Civil Engagement - Giuseppe Pennisi discusses operas representing intrigues which couldn't be discussed in public
Authentic Performance - Tchaikovsky's 'Eugene Onegin' in HD from New York Metropolitan Opera, enjoyed by Maria Nockin
Back in Rome - Giordano's 'Andrea Chénier' returns to the Teatro dell'Opera after more than forty years, impressing Giuseppe Pennisi
Extreme Tensions - Richard Strauss' 'Elektra', back in Naples, impresses Giuseppe Pennisi
A Duel of Voices - Donizetti's 'Maria Stuarda' in Rome, reviewed by Giuseppe Pennisi
What was the Problem? - John Fulljames' visually engaging production of Rimsky-Korsakov's 'The Snow Maiden' at Opera North, reviewed by Mike Wheeler
Unexpectedly Long - Mozart's 'Idomeneo' in HD from New York Metropolitan Opera, enjoyed by Maria Nockin
Fun and Games - Mike Wheeler enjoys Opera North's take on Rossini's 'La Cenerentola'
Great Stage Presence - Lucas Ball reviews a production that emphasises The Magic Flute's fun elements
Lost in its own Forest - Engelbert Humperdinck's 'Hansel and Gretel' at Opera North, reviewed by Mike Wheeler
Invincible Physical Barriers - Willy Decker's production of Giuseppe Verdi's 'La traviata' in HD from New York Metropolitan Opera, reviewed by Maria Nockin
CD Spotlight. Vintage Handel - The pastiche 'Catone', recommended by Gerald Fenech. 'Carlo Ipata and his masterful band of singers and instrumentalists give a most persuasive and fascinating performance capturing all the nuances of the score with impressive conviction and verbal dexterity.'
A Fine Film - San Francisco Opera's 2008 film of Puccini's 'La bohème', reviewed by Maria Nockin
Well Thought Out - Dvorák's 'Rusalka' in HD from New York Metropolitan Opera, enjoyed in the cinema by Maria Nockin
Sex, Blood and Power - Tchaikovsky's 'The Enchantress', reviewed by Giuseppe Pennisi
Tenderness and Hatred - Janácek's 'Kát'a Kabanová' in Turin impresses Giuseppe Pennisi
Reviving Rossini's Tancredi - Margaret Darby reports from Opera Philadelphia
Inner Struggle - Giuseppe Pennisi watches and listens to Tchaikovsky's 'Sleeping Beauty'
Full of Irony - Giuseppe Pennisi experiences a different 'Sleeping Beauty', Ottorino Respighi's 'La Bella Addormentata nel Bosco', at the Lyric Theatre in Cagliari
Tannhäuser in the Dark - Giuseppe Pennisi visits Venice, one of Richard Wagner's favourite cities
A Spectacular Show - Charles Gounod's 'Romeo and Juliet' live in high definition from New York Metropolitan Opera impresses Maria Nockin
Sex and Power - Verdi's 'Macbeth' in Palermo, reviewed by Giuseppe Pennisi
Harmonious in Every Sense - Alice McVeigh explains why 'Der Rosenkavalier' at Covent Garden couldn't have been bettered in any department
Terrific Movement and Zip - Opera Warwick's 'Die Fledermaus', reviewed by Roderic Dunnett
A Controversial Così - Giuseppe Pennisi was in the audience at Teatro dell'Opera di Roma
A Great Revival - Leonardo Vinci and Pietro Metastasio's 'Didone Abbandonata', reviewed by Giuseppe Pennisi
A Choral Opera - Verdi's 'Nabucco' in HD from New York Metropolitan Opera, reviewed by Maria Nockin
Two Bats - 'Die Fledermaus' on Twelfth Night, reviewed by Giuseppe Pennisi
CD Spotlight. Masterly Throughout - Erik Chisholm's opera 'Simoon', heard by Gerald Fenech. '... Chisholm rises to the occasion with some spectacular music ...'
A New Year's Eve with 'Die Fledermaus' - Giuseppe Pennisi reports from Rome
A Dark 'Trovatore' - Giuseppe Pennisi reports on Verdi from Cagliari
Lines of Blue Light - Kaija Saariaho's opera 'L'amour de loin', live in HD from New York Metropolitan Opera, impresses Maria Nockin
A Rare Butterfly - Giuseppe Pennisi was at La Scala for the start of the new season in Milan
Little to do with Shakespeare - A strong production of Rossini's 'Otello' opens Teatro San Carlo's new season in Naples, reported by Giuseppe Pennisi
Technicolour Redemption? - Two Puccini works at Opera North, reviewed by Mike Wheeler
Abstract and Symbolic - 'Tristan und Isolde' at Teatro dell'Opera di Roma enthralls Giuseppe Pennisi
Excellent Track-record - Mike Wheeler is impressed by Opera North's 'Billy Budd'
A Great Joy - Zambello's 'Aida' premieres at San Francisco Opera, by Maria Nockin
A Very Interesting Discovery - The first performance in modern times of Bellini's 'Adelson e Salvini', reviewed by Giuseppe Pennisi
Flooding Venice - Giuseppe Pennisi reviews the first performance of Filippo Perocco's opera 'Aquagranda'
A view from the pit - John Joubert's 'Jane Eyre', praised by Alice McVeigh
Love and Freedom - Beethoven's 'Fidelio', reviewed by Giuseppe Pennisi
A Fine Rendition - 'Don Giovanni' live in high definition from New York Metropolitan Opera, reviewed by Maria Nockin
The Joy of Operetta - Giuseppe Pennisi visits Ravenna for a trilogy of Danube stage works
'Un Ballo' Returns Home - Giuseppe Pennisi reviews Verdi in Rome
Famous yet Unkown - Giuseppe Pennisi experiences Camille Saint-Saëns' opera 'Proserpine' in Munich
Astonishing Work - 'Giovanna D'Arco' in the Farnese Theater, reviewed by Giuseppe Pennisi
Born Again - Giuseppe Pennisi visits the revitalised Verdi Festival in Parma for 'Don Carlo'
A Different 'Swan Lake' - Tchaikovsky in Rome impresses Giuseppe Pennisi
Dido Reconstructed - Henry Purcell, arranged by Atilio Cremonesi, reviewed by Giuseppe Pennisi
A Very Rich Menu - Giuseppe Pennisi attends two first performances at the Pergolesi Spontini Festival in Jesi
An African 'Norma' - Giuseppe Pennisi compares La Fenice's Bellini revival with an earlier production in Naples
Very Effective - Igor Stravinsky's 'The Soldier's Tale' at the Presteigne Festival, reviewed by Keith Bramich
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