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Hector Sandoval (Cavaradossi) and Claire Rutter (Tosca), Richard Hubert Smith, WNO

Tosca

Giacomo Puccini (Welsh National Opera at Millennium Centre, Cardiff).
Reviewer: Colin Davison

Rafael Rojas (Gustavo) and Adrienn Miksch (Amelia), Clive Barda

Un ballo in maschera

Giuseppe Verdi (Opera North at Leeds Grand Theatre).
Reviewer: James Ballands

Luis Cansino (Don Carlos di Vargas) and Justina Gringyte (Preziosilla), Richard Hubert Smith, WNO

La forza del destino

Verdi (Welsh National Opera at Millennium Centre, Cardiff).
Reviewer: Colin Davison

Maria HeeJung Kim as Cio-Cio San,

Madama Butterfly

Giacomo Puccini; libretto by Giuseppe Giacosa and Luigi Ilica, based on a play by David Belasco, a short story by John Luther Long and a novel by Pierre Loti (Ellen Kent and Opera & Ballet International at Sunderland Empire).
Reviewer: Peter Lathan

La Traviata,

La Traviata

Giuseppe Verdi; libretto by Francesco Maria Piave, based on La Dame Aux Camélias by Alexandre Dumas fils (Opera & Ballet International and Ellen Kent at Sunderland Empire).
Reviewer: Peter Lathan

Anne Sophie Duprels (Cio-Cio-San) and Merūnas Vitulskis (Lieutenant Pinkerton), Richard H Smith

Madama Butterfly

Giacomo Puccini (Opera North at Leeds Grand Theatre).
Reviewer: James Ballands

Vittorio Grigolo as Cavaradossi, Ken Howard

Tosca

Composed by Giacomo Puccini, libretto by Luigi Illica and Giuseppe Giacosa, based on La Tosca by Victorien Sardou (Metropolitan Opera at Metropolitan Opera House, New York).
Reviewer: Philip Fisher

Roger Paterson as Ralph and Becca Marriott as Mimi, Scott Rylander

La Bohème

Giacomo Puccini, in a new english version by Adam’s Spreadbury-Maher and Becca Marriott (King's Head Theatre at Trafalgar Studios 2).
Reviewer: Philip Fisher

Horatio (Gavan Ring), Gravedigger (Brian Bannatyne-Scott) and Hamlet (David Butt Philip), Richard Hubert Smith

Hamlet

Composer: Brett Dean; libretto by Matthew Jocelyn (Glyndebourne at The Lyric, Theatre Royal Plymouth).
Reviewer: Karen Bussell

John Savournin as Lord Conniving, William Knight

King Tut - A Pyramid Panto

Script by John Savournin, lyrics and musical arrangements by David Eaton (Charles Court Opera at King's Head Theatre).
Reviewer: Howard Loxton

Quirijn de Lang as Sam, Charlie Southby as Junior and Wallis Giunta as Dinah
, Alastair Muir

Trouble in Tahiti / Trial by Jury

Trouble: Leonard Bernstein (words and music); Trial: Arthur Sullivan (music), William Schwenck Gilbert (libretto) (Opera North at The Lowry).
Reviewer: Martin Thomasson

(clockwise from left) Quirijn de Lang as Grandfather Clock, John Graham-Hall as Tea Pot, Katie Bray as Louis XV Chair, John Savournin as the Armchair, Ann Taylor as the Mother, Wallis Giunta as the Child and Fflur Wyn as Fire, Tristram Kenton

L'Enfant et les Sortilèges; Osud

L'Enfant: ravel (music), Colette (libretto); Osud: Janáček (music), Fedora Bartosova (libretto) (Opera North at The Lowry).
Reviewer: Martin Thomasson

Richard Burkhard as Tonio and Peter Auty as Canio, Tristram Kenton

Pagliacci; Cavalleria Rusticana

Pagliacci: Ruggero Leoncavallo (music and libretto), Cavalleria Rusticana: Pietro Mascagni (music); G Targioni-Tozzetti and G Menasci (libretto) (Opera North at The Lowry).
Reviewer: Martin Thomasson

Richard Burkhard (Tonio) and Peter Auty (Canio), Tristram Kenton

Pagliacci / Cavalleria Rusticana

Ruggero Leoncavallo / Pietro Mascagni & Giovanni Targioni-Tozzetti and Guido Menasci (Opera North at Theatre Royal, Newcastle).
Reviewer: Peter Lathan

Rodelinda

Handel (English National Opera at The Coliseum).
Reviewer: Louise Lewis

Michael Fabiano (Rodolfo) and Nicole Car (Mimì), Catherine Ashmore, ROH

La Bohème

Puccini (Royal Opera House at Regal cinema, Evesham, and other venues).
Reviewer: Colin Davison

Tatania (Natalya Romaniw) watched by the now jealous Onegin (Nicholas Lester), Betina Skovbro, WNO

Eugene Onegin

Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky (Welsh National Opera at Wales Millennium Centre, Cardiff).
Reviewer: Colin Davison

The WNO chorus in Khovanshchina, Clive Barda, WNO

Khovanshchina

Modest Musorgsky (Welsh National Opera at Wales Millennium Centre, Cardiff).
Reviewer: Colin Davison

Hansel and Gretel, Robert Workman

Hansel and Gretel

Humperdinck (Popup Opera at Vera Fletcher Hall, Thames Ditton).
Reviewer: Louise Lewis

The Magic Flute, Andreas Grieger

The Magic Flute

Mozart (OperaUpClose at Soho Theatre).
Reviewer: Louise Lewis

Opera news

Full Ring cycle announced for Longborough

Longborough Festival Opera has announced plans to develop a new Wagner’s Ring cycle, starting in 2019 and culminating in the full cycle in 2023.

Steve Orme, 18 November 2017

Opera comes to the Lakes

English Touring Opera will perform a new production of Handel’s Giulio Cesare (Julius Caesar) at Theatre by the Lake in two parts.

David Chadderton, 12 November 2017