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Norma review Bellini with shock tactics

Holland Park, LondonThe music of Bellini's opera struggles to match the modern context into which it's thrust by Olivia FuchsBellini's opera is set in ancient Gaul during the period of Roman occupation. Designed by Niki Turner, Olivia Fuchs' staging place

Maria Stuarda review the singers supply the passion

The most famous scene in Donizetti's opera is a personal confrontation between Mary Stuart and her cousin Elizabeth I – an event that never actually occurred, but which forms the crux of the piece and the moment at which Mary's fate is effectively decid

The Turn of the Screw , Holland Park, London

Holland Park, London: Opera Holland Park introduces a new repertoire strand with its first ever staging of a work by Benjamin Britten, placed in the hands of a talented director; unfortunately, not everything about Annilese Miskimmon's production works.

La Finta Giardiniera , Glyndebourne, Lewes

Mozart's 1775 work is new to Glyndebourne Festival Opera, which has waited until its 80th anniversary season before presenting it.

Ariadne auf Naxos , Royal Opera House, London

Royal Opera House, London: Christof Loy returns to direct his production, which reopened the Royal Opera House following its major refit in 2002. A brilliant piece of music theatre when first staged, it comes up fresh as paint this time around, aided by

Manon Lescaut , Royal Opera House, London

Two of today's leading opera stars take to the stage in Jonathan Kent's new production of Puccini's romantic tragedy.

Owen Wingrave , Snape Maltings, Aldeburgh

Founded by Benjamin Britten back in 1947, the Aldeburgh Festival has no true opera house in which to stage the works of the UK's greatest opera composer, but Neil Bartlett's sensitive production of Britten's relatively neglected work, originally written f

Nabucco , Wales Millennium Centre, Cardiff

A signature piece for the company, Verdi’s early, Biblical opera returns to Welsh National Opera in a staging by Austrian Rudolf Frey, whose Maria Stuarda on the same stage was poorly received last autumn.

Benvenuto Cellini , Coliseum, London

Berlioz's first opera fell flat at its premiere in 1838, and has continued to do so at most of its infrequent revivals ever since; yet following his broad success with the same composer's Damnation of Faust at the Coliseum in 2011, former-Python and film-

La Fanciulla del West, Holland Park, London

Opera Holland Park's summer season gets off to a flying start with Stephen Barlow's new production of Puccini's opera based on David Belasco's once famous Broadway hit, The Girl of the Golden West.