Opera Reviews

Che Puro Ciel (Mehta, Akademie für Alto Musik Berlin/Jacobs)

Mehta and Jacobs prove that it's not just all about Gluck

Mozart: Concert Arias for Tenor (Villazon, LSO/Pappano)

Prepare to enter an olde Mozartian curiositie shoppe

Verdi: La Traviata, Aida, Macbeth (Various)

A trio of treasures in a bargain box of value for money Verdi

Mozart: Opera and Concert Arias (Matthews, TSO/Letonja)

Local opera star rekindles old flame for Viennese wunderkind

Britten: The Turn Of The Screw (LSO/Farnes)

Britten's nursery crimes of long ago can still shock us today

Bel Canto (Kermes, Concerto Köln/Mueller)

Baroque's favourite eccentric tries her hand at bel canto

Wagner: Das Rheingold (Mariinsky Orchestra/Gergiev)

The Mariinsky follows up its Walküre with Wagner's great prequel

Handel: Serse (Early Opera Company/Curnyn)

Mellifluous fun, but don't expect 'Carry On Up the Hellespont'

Monteverdi: Heaven and Earth (The King's Consort/King)

Secular melds with sacred in the hands of the Italian madrigal master

Eötvös: Love and Other Demons (Glyndebourne Opera/Jurowski)

Compelling case for a work that needs to be more compelling

Decca Sound: The Acoustic Years (Various)

Another galvanising dip into the historical archives from Decca

Wagner: Parsifal (Orchestre symphonique de la Monnaie/Haenchen)

Poor old Parsifal meets Monty Python and the Holy Grail

Strauss: Die Frau ohne Schatten (Mariinsky, Gergiev)

Strauss' greatest flight of fancy dragged down to earth

Wagner & Dietsch: The Flying Dutchman

A Dutchman seen through the eyes of a German and a Frenchman.

Ave Maria (Vittorio Grigolo)

Italian operatic tenor returns to his choirboy roots.

Wagner: Tristan und Isolde (Glyndebourne Festival Opera)

Glyndebourne fields a great cast, swept along by Jurowski.

Tchaikovsky: Eugene Onegin (Royal Opera House)

Kasper Holten's Onegin plays out Russian regret in spades.

Puccini: Madama Butterfly (Opera Australia)

Putunder the microscope, Omura's Butterfly still dazzles.

Homeward Bound (Terfel, Mormon Tabernacle Choir)

A super-sized feel-good fest from Bryn and his American friends.

Beethoven: Symphony No 9 (Australian World Orchestra)

Australian musicians abroad make Beethoven's world their oyster.
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