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George Hall

Powder Her Face review Made memorable by Roocroft's duchess

Thomas Adès' opera on the downfall of Margaret, Duchess of Argyll, can seem heartless, but Amanda Roocroft's nuanced performance is full of pathos

Powder Her Face, Ambika P3, London

When it was first performed back in 1995, Thomas Ades's first opera, to a scabrous libretto by Philip Hensher, made the composer's reputation while becoming notorious for including opera's first blow-job.

The Commission/Cafe Kafka, Linbury Studio, London

A joint venture by the Royal Opera, Aldeburgh Music and Opera North brings forth two new chamber operas, with the same pattern to be repeated over the next couple of years. It's an admirable project, which could potentially instigate something of real val

Die Frau Ohne Schatten, Royal Opera House, London

Richard Strauss was born 150 years ago, and the Royal Opera's major contribution to the celebrations is this new production of his most ambitious opera, which also marks the UK debut of German director Claus Guth.

The Magic Flute, Hackney Empire, London

Joining operas by Britten and Tippett on ETO's national tour is Mozart's philosophical comedy, due to play some 17 venues from Truro to Perth between now and the end of May.

La fille du regiment, Royal Opera House, London

At this revival of Laurent Pelly’s sparkling production of Donizetti’s sentimental comedy, Dame Kiri Te Kanawa steps into the cameo speaking role of the Duchess of Crackentorp, thus far taken in this staging by Dawn French and - somewhat less capably

Rodelinda, Coliseum, London

ENO turns again to Handel, offering a new production by Richard Jones of a work considered one of the composer’s finest.

La Bohème review – 'Jessica Rose Cambio's Mimì offers a grandly expressive soprano'

It's back to the original Italian for Francesca Zambello's revived arena staging of Puccini's Parisian romance, which capitalises on the strengths of the venue.

Boulevard Solitude, Wales Millennium Centre, Cardiff

Welsh National Opera's Fallen Women season continues with this rare production of Hans Werner Henze's 1952 opera on the Manon Lescaut theme.

Paul Bunyan - review

For general purposes, Britten's operatic career began with Peter Grimes, whose hugely successful launch at Sadler's Wells in 1945 marked an epoch. However, Grimes had a precursor, composed four years earlier on a different continent and in a quite differe