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Bellini: Norma (Royal Opera House)

Bellini: Norma (Royal Opera House)

Sonya Yoncheva (Norma); Sonia Ganassi (Adalgisa); Joseph Calleja (Pollione); Brindley Sherratt (Oroveso); David Junghoon Kim (Flavio); Vlada Borovko (Clotilde);

"A master of bel canto, Antonio Pappano conducts with superlative style and sensitivity." (Evening Standard ★★★★)

Benjamin: Written on Skin (The Royal Opera)

Benjamin: Written on Skin (The Royal Opera)

Christopher Purves (Protector); Barbara Hannigan (Agnès); Bejun Mehta (First Angel/Boy); Victoria Simmonds (Second Angel/Marie); Allan Clayton (Third Angel/John);

"Magic and irresistible ... It is the best opera written over the last twenty years." (Le Monde)

Berg: Lulu (The Royal Opera)

Berg: Lulu (The Royal Opera)

Agneta Eichenholz (Lulu); Michael Volle (Dr Schön / Jack the Ripper); Klaus Florian Vogt (Alwa); Jennifer Larmore (Countess Geschwitz);

"It is immaculately rehearsed and executed - one doesn't often see opera acted with such freedom and honesty and absence of flummery. And its unsparing analytic clarity forces one to confront the bitter truth about Lulu's inner life and the corruption and idiocy of the men who are infatuated by her...Antonio Pappano's electrifying conducting is razor-sharp in the manner of PierreBoulez, and the orchestral playing is magnificent...Singing with an extraordinary grace and insouciance, Eichenholz manages to make this monster chillingly real and hauntingly beautiful." (The Daily Telegraph)

Berlioz: Béatrice et Bénédict

Berlioz: Béatrice et Bénédict

Stéphanie d’Oustrac (Béatrice); Paul Appleby (Bénédict); Sophie Karthäuser (Héro); Philippe Sly (Claudio); Lionel Lhote (Somarone); Frédéric Caton (Don Pedro); Katarina Bradić (Ursule);

"…delivered with sumptuous assurance..." (The Times)

Berlioz: LES TROYENS (Royal Opera House)

Berlioz: LES TROYENS (Royal Opera House)

"The Wall Street Journal" (David McVicar's stupendous production … would be worth seeing for Es Devlin's mighty sets and Constructivist Trojan horse alone.)

Berlioz: Les Troyens (Théâtre du Châtelet)

Berlioz: Les Troyens (Théâtre du Châtelet)

Susan Graham (Didon); Anna Caterina Antonacci (Cassandra / Clio); Gregory Kunde (née); Ludovic Tézier (Chorèbe); Laurent Naouri (Narbal / Le Grand Prêtre);

"In October 2003 John Eliot Gardiner with his Monteverdi Choir and the Orchestre Révolutionnaire et Romantique had a great success when they visited Paris to give Berlioz's epic opera in the relatively intimate Theatré du Châtelet but, as the video shows, the stage production by Yannis Kokkos neatly achieves clarity and directness in the complex plot with an economical but effective staging....The performance gains from the fine singing in the central role of Cassandra of Anna Caterina Antonacci, then coming to the fore as a star of the future. Ludovic Tezier is also excellent as her lover Chorebus, and the final chorus of Trojan women, led by Cassandra, brings a thrilling climax." (The Penguin Guide)