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Talbot: The Winter's Tale (Royal Opera House)

Talbot: The Winter's Tale (Royal Opera House)

Edward Watson (Leontes ); Sarah Lamb (Perdita ); Zenaida Yanowsky (Paulina); Steven McRae (Florizel ); Federico Bonelli (Polixenes); Lauren Cuthbertson (Hermione );

"Christopher Wheeldon’s new three-act version of Shakespeare’s The Winter’s Tale is a triumph. " (The Telegraph)

Tan Dun: Marco Polo (De Nederlandse Opera)

Tan Dun: Marco Polo (De Nederlandse Opera)

Charles Workman (Polo); Sarah Castle (Marco); Stephen Richardson (Kublai Khan); Nancy Allen Lundy (Water); Zhang Jun (Shadow 1 / Rustichello / Li Po); Tania Kross (Shadow 2 / Sheherazada / Mahler / Queen);

"Tan Dun’s Marco Polo was, for me, a multi-dimensional experience which went beyond my expectations and indeed overwhelmed my senses...Here was an opera of our generation: a fusion of elements across time and space, a true testimony to the way our worlds have become intertwined in the globalisation process." (Bonjournal.com)

Tchaikovsky: Cherevichki (The Tsarina's Slippers) (The Royal Ballet)

Tchaikovsky: Cherevichki (The Tsarina's Slippers) (The Royal Ballet)

Larissa Diadkova (Solokha); Maxim Mikhailov (The Devil); Vladimir Matorin (Chub); John Upperton (Panas); Olga Guryakova (Oxana); Vsevolod Grivnov (Vakula);

"It’s pretty as a picture, no question - an animated pop-up book of naïve and colourful charm." (The Independent)

Tchaikovsky: Eugene Onegin (De Nederlandse Opera)

Tchaikovsky: Eugene Onegin (De Nederlandse Opera)

Bo Skovhus (Eugene Onegin); Krassimira Stoyanova (Tatjana); Andrej Dunaev (Vladimir Ljenski); Mikhail Petrenko (Vorst Gremin);

"Put too much steam into Tchaikovsky’s score and it wilts. Be too shy and retiring, on the other hand, and the tragic momentum evaporates. Jansons sets us on a simmer and gradually turns the heat to boiling. It is magisterially paced, stunningly played and, seemingly effortlessly, Jansons captures every aching nuance. […] Herheim’sinnovations are often throbbingly acute (and sometimes wickedly funny)." (The Times)

Tchaikovsky: Eugene Onegin (The Royal Opera)

Tchaikovsky: Eugene Onegin (The Royal Opera)

Simon Keenlyside (Eugene Onegin); Krassimira Stoyanova (Tatyana); Elena Maximova (Olga); Pavol Breslik (Lensky); Diana Montague (Madame Larina); Peter Rose (Prince Gremin);

"Simon Keenlyside in the title role brings virility to the unpleasant, usually buttoned-up hero. You can see why the teenaged Tatyana might fall for him, even if he is on the mature side. This Onegin delights in being louche, playful, arms folded, casual rather than stiff. He sings with flexibility, expression and, most of the time, a golden tone, suggesting more capacity for emotion than is usually evident: even brutes have their decent qualities." (The Observer)

Tchaikovsky: La Reine Morte (The Dead Queen) (Théâtre du Capitole)

Tchaikovsky: La Reine Morte (The Dead Queen) (Théâtre du Capitole)

Artjom Maksakov (Roi Ferrante); Maria Gutierrez (Dona Ines De Castro); Davit Galstyan (Don Pedro); Juliette Thelin (L'Infante); Takafumi Watanabe (Bouffon); Matthew Astley (Bouffon/Conseiller); Kayo Nakazato (Bouffonne/Mariée défunte); Caroline Betancourt (Bouffonne/Mariée défunte); Demian Vargas (Proche conseiller du roi);

"Set skilfully to various Tchaikovsky extracts, Kader Belarbi's ballet recreates a tragic and even bizarre episode of 14th century Portuguese history. Strikingly set and accessibly choreographed, the ballet offers a succession of striking visual images. The Toulouse company's performance, expertly captured in this recording, could hardly be bettered." (Musicweb International - Critic's choices for Pick of 2016)