'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
A Figaro to Treasure - Opera North's Mozart impresses Mike Wheeler
A Philological 'Tosca' - Giuseppe Pennisi reports from Rome
Women are Stronger - Mozart's 'Lucio Silla' at La Scala, enjoyed by Giuseppe Pennisi
A Thought Provoking Combination - Iolanta and Bluebeard in high definition from New York, reviewed by Maria Nockin
Skillfully Adapted - Gluck's 'Orfeo e Euridice' in Palermo, in the Berlioz version, experienced by Giuseppe Pennisi
DVD Spotlight. Double Murder - Richard Strauss's 'Elektra', reviewed by Robert Anderson. '... the whole cast has been exemplary under the masterful direction of Esa-Pekka Salonen.'
Romantic Premonitions - Bellini's 'I Puritani', enjoyed by Giuseppe Pennisi
A Wonderful Performance - Offenbach's 'The Tales of Hoffmann', live in HD from New York, impresses Maria Nockin
A Real Joy - 'Le Ventre de Paris', praised by Giuseppe Pennisi
An Unusual Reading - Giuseppe Pennisi experiences an icy Paris/Milan production of Monteverdi's 'L'incoronazione di Poppea'
A Triumph - Hans Werner Henze's love for Italy, and 'Gisella!' in Palermo, by Giuseppe Pennisi
Massenet and Femmes Fatales - George Colerick investigates
The War is Always On - Zimmermann's 'Die Soldaten' in Milan, enthralls Giuseppe Pennisi
Werther's Dream World - Willy Decker's production of Massenet's opera finally reaches Rome, by Giuseppe Pennisi
Ask Alice - Restricted view recommended for Verdi's 'Un ballo in maschera' at Covent Garden, by classical music agony aunt Alice McVeigh
A Stage Direction to Forget - Verdi's 'Un ballo in maschera' in Bologna, reviewed by Giuseppe Pennisi
Amersterdam: Lohengrin Lite - James Sohre reports on Pierre Audi's production for Netherlands Opera
True Passion - 'Traviata' on the lagoon, by Giuseppe Pennisi
A Bold Decision - 'Il Trovatore in Naples', reviewed by Giuseppe Pennisi
Unmistakably French - Offenbach's The Tales of Hoffmann, reviewed by Giuseppe Pennisi
A Modern, Technically-endowed Triumph - 'Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg' in HD from New York on 17 December impresses Maria Nockin
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 ...'
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