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Guide to Live Classical Music, Concerts and Opera in Italy

A glimpse of Tuscany's landscape
A glimpse of Tuscany's landscape
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RavelloRavello Piano Trio

Ravello Piano Trio
Haydn, Mozart, Schumann
Ravello Piano Trio

RomeScriabin

Scriabin
David Simonacci; Gianluca Ferri

RavelloThe Goldberg variations for two pianos

The Goldberg variations for two pianos
Bach: Goldberg Variations, BWV988
Federica Monti; Fabio Bianco

RomeLiszt, Mozart, Schumann

Liszt, Mozart, Schumann
Cecilia Facchini, Piano

RavelloGiuseppe Ganzerli piano recital

Giuseppe Ganzerli piano recital
Beethoven, Chopin
Giuseppe Ganzerli, Piano

RavelloIacono, Mendella & Lambiase clarinet and piano trio

Iacono, Mendella & Lambiase clarinet and piano trio
Telemann, Schumann, Brahms, Krommer
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Ariadne in Milan: the director cannot find the thread

Ariadne auf Naxos © Brescia/Amisano | Teatro alla Scala
Frederic Wake-Walker sticks to a vapid pop-parody that demeans the intellectual message of Strauss' Ariadne auf Naxos.
***11
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A sophisticated new Butterfly directed by Ferzan Ozpetek in Naples

Evgenia Muraveva (Cio-Cio-San) © Luciano Romano
Turkish-Italian director Ferzan Ozpetek stages this new production of Madama Butterfly at Teatro San Carlo in Naples with a fine, penetrating approach.
***11
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Fluctuating around Virginia's tissues of the mind

Alessandra Ferri in I now/ I then © Brescia & Amisano | Teatro alla Scala
Alessandra Ferri, the former La Scala Prima Ballerina Assoluta, makes her triumphant return to Milan as the moving incarnation of Virginia Woolf in Wayne McGregor's most mature, complete and striking piece to date.
*****
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The Tales of Hoffmann are beautifully told in Naples

The Tales of Hoffmann at Teatro di San Carlo © Francesco Squeglia
One of Teatro San Carlo’s most cherished productions of recent years, with an excellent cast of singers and a director who steered at his ease into the libretto’s erratic changes of mood and atmosphere.
*****
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The first modern staged performance of Paër’s Agnese in Turin

Markus Werba and Maria Rey-Joly © Edoardo Piva | Teatro Regio Torino
The Teatro Regio presents a Classical rarity with echoes of Mozart and anticipations of Rossini. Diego Fasolis conducts with imagination and spunk.
***11
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A minimalist reading of Orfeo ed Euridice in Rome

Carlo Vistoli (Orfeo) and Mariangela Sicilia (Euridice) © Fabrizio Sansoni
Robert Carsen's minimalist modern reading of Gluck's masterpiece is a pure distillation of opera (and life) and the Teatro dell'Opera di Roma.
****1
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