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The Girl of the Golden West
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The Girl of the Golden West
Opens: 02/10/2014 Closes: 01/11/2014 London Coliseum
British soprano Susan Bullock takes the lead in the ENO's first production of Puccini's Wild West opera in 50 years, playing the gun-toting saloon-bar owner Minnie who falls for an outlaw. Director Richard Jones has a lot to live up to after Opera North struck gold earlier in the year.
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Macbeth
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Macbeth
Opens: 16/09/2014 Closes: 20/09/2014 Barbican, London
Shakespeare meets the Congo in this production of Verdi's Macbeth by South African director Brett Bailey. Acclaimed for his innovative portrayals of postcolonial Africa and currently working on Apartheid – The Musical, he roots the tragedy in wartorn Congolese society. Refugees discover a trunk containing Verdi opera manuscripts and apply it to their own political climate.
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ROH - Anna Nicole
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ROH - Anna Nicole
Opens: 11/09/2014 Closes: 24/09/2014 ROH, London
This opera uncovers the subtle shades of tragedy in the tawdry real life of Anna Nicole Smith, the 1980s glamour girl who married a millionaire 60 years her senior, then nosedived into car-crash TV and prescription pills. It polarised critics on its 2011 premiere (often no bad thing), did well in New York last year and has star Eva-Maria Westbroek back as the lead for this revival.
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Nobody's Baby
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Nobody's Baby
Opens: 27/07/2014 Royal Opera House, London
Depression-era dance marathons were remarkably dark – they could last hundreds of hours and were frequently corrupt and dangerous (see Sydney Pollack's grim They Shoot Horses, Don't They?). Award-winning choreographer Arthur Pita, who created a gripping Kafka piece at the ROH in 2011 starring Edward Watson (currently in The Winter's Tale), explores the fad.  
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Rambert Event
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Rambert Event
Opens: 28/06/2014 Closes: 12/07/2014 Rambert, London
It's 50 years since Merce Cunningham staged his first ‘Event', a unique, site-specific choreographic mix of dance, music and design that he would stage over 800 times at various locations before his death in 2009. To celebrate, Rambert stage one of their own, at their new home on London's South Bank, with sets based on Gerhard Richter paintings, a soundtrack by Radiohead's Phil Selway and danced extracts from ten of Cunningham's most revered works.
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Swan Lake
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Swan Lake
Opens: 17/06/2014 Closes: 18/06/2014 Sadler's Wells Theatre, London
Sadler’s Sampled is exactly as it sounds – a good, cheap way to try out contemporary dance. One taster on offer is Dada Masilo’s adaptation of Tchaikovsky’s Swan Lake. Inspired by her native South Africa, the swans are male and the main focus is on stereotypes relating to gender, homophobia and AIDS awareness. 
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The Pearl Fishers
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The Pearl Fishers
Opens: 16/06/2014 Closes: 05/07/2014 London Coliseum
UK director Penny Woolcock has roamed between screen and opera, often focusing on marginal groups such as urban gangs. Now revived at the ENO, her 2010 production of Bizet’s watery work set in an Asian fishing village swaps the 19th for the 21st century and brings climate change and third world poverty to the fore. Not everyone was convinced first time round.
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Benvenuto Cellini
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Benvenuto Cellini
Opens: 05/06/2014 Closes: 27/06/2014 Coliseum, London
Who better to direct a mad, almost certainly flawed spectacle about the decadent life of Italian sculptor and goldsmith Benvenuto Cellini than the man behind such surreal blowouts as Brazil? Former Monty Pythoner Terry Gilliam reunites with ENO's musical director Edward Gardner (after their critical hit The Damnation of Faust) for his second opera.
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Eugene Onegin
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Eugene Onegin
Opens: 18/05/2014 Closes: 11/07/2014 Glyndebourne
Tchaikovsky's adaptation of one of the ‘greatest works of mankind' (according to Stephen Fry) is the Russian composer's best-loved opera. Marking their 80th anniversary, Glyndbourne revise Graham Vick's superlative 1994 staging, with the director himself again at the helm, leading a majority Slavic cast to tell this tale of youthful love. Reviews suggest critics are just as impressed now as they were then.
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Thebans
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Thebans
Opens: 03/05/2014 Closes: 03/06/2014 ENO, London Coliseum
Award-winning contemporary composer Julian Anderson bases his first opera on Sophocles. His librettist, venerable playwright Frank McGuinness, has adapted ancient tragedies before, alongside his own original works (Greta Garbo came to Donogal). This revolves around Oedipus, his daughter Antigone and a very long string of unfortunate suicides.
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