Un ballo in maschera (Royal Opera House)
The much-anticipated new production of Verdi's melodrama misses the mark
The Way Back Home (Young Vic)
Katie Mitchell directs a new opera for very young children, co-produced with English National Opera
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Tristan und Isolde (Royal Opera House)
Christof Loy's 2009 production revived for the first time with a superlative cast
Stephen Gould, Covent Garden's Tristan
From Les Mis to the Ring, the American Heldentenor has sung them all
Opera - when directors rule
The phenomenon known in German as Regietheater should be celebrated, not vilified
The Gospel According to the Other Mary (London Coliseum)
Like El NiƱo before it, John Adams's new opera is really a staged concert piece - but it's a fine one
Natalya Romaniw in her mother tongue
By Katherine Cooper
We turn the screw on Glyndebourne's Governess as the autumn tour draws to a close
Albert Herring (Upstairs at the Gatehouse)
Britten's chamber piece well served by Hampstead Garden Opera
Hanna Hipp, Mozart mezzo
By Katherine Cooper
Rising singer currently on tour in Glyndebourne's scintillating La finta giardiniera