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Performer: Cavalletti, Massimo

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La bohème

Puccini: La bohème
Renato Palumbo; Benedict Andrews; Dutch National Opera; Victoria Behr; Johannes Schütz; Grazia Doronzio; Joyce El-Khoury

Carmen

Bizet: Carmen
Pablo Heras-Casado; Richard Eyre; Metropolitan Opera; Louis Langrée; Rob Howell; Anita Hartig

L'Elisir d'Amore

Donizetti: L'elisir d'amore
Giacomo Sagripanti; Grischa Asagaroff; Zurich Opera; Tullio Pericoli; Diana Damrau; Rebeca Olvera

Falstaff

Verdi: Falstaff
Daniel Harding; Susan Gritton; Laura Giordano; Laura Polverelli; Ewa Podleś

Il barbiere di Siviglia

Rossini: Il barbiere di Siviglia (The Barber of Seville)
Massimo Zanetti; Jean-Pierre Ponnelle; Teatro alla Scala; Leo Nucci; Massimo Cavalletti
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Fire and ice: Carmen at The Met

The Met's revival of Carmen, with its rotating set, has a successful opening night with a strong cast, an insightful conductor, a superb orchestra and chorus, all working well as a team.
***11
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Falstaff a Feast at Holland Festival

Ambrogio Maestri reprises his star turn as a vocally and theatrically complete Falstaff in Robert Carsen’s lavish, food-fuelled situational comedy at the Holland Festival.
****1
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Salzburg Festival: Falstaff sent to Casa Verdi by Damiano Michieletto

“Of all my works, the one that pleases me most is the Casa I’ve had built in Milan to accommodate old singers who have not been favoured by fortune or who did not possess the virtue of thrift in their youth”. This is how Verdi described the retirement home for elderly musicians he founded at the time of the composition of this opera Falstaff.
****1
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La bohème in Salzburg with Netrebko and a tenor surprise

When Salzburg Festival director Alexander Pereira stepped onto the stage of the Großes Festspielhaus last night to announce that one of the cast members of La bohème was sick and unable to sing, he faced a chorus of hisses from the audience. Soprano Anna Netrebko, the festival’s biggest non-conductor star, was feeling fine (though as Mimì she would shortly die of consumption).
****1
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