Classical music, opera, ballet and dance in Bologna, Italy

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BolognaLucia di Lammermoor

Donizetti: Lucia di Lammermoor
Michele Mariotti; Lorenzo Mariani; Teatro Comunale di Bologna; Maurizio Balo; Silvia Aymonino; Markus Werba; Simone Alberghini

BolognaLa traviata

Verdi: La traviata
Hirofumi Yoshida; Alfonso Antoniozzi; Teatro Comunale di Bologna; Paolo Giacchero; Claudia Pernigotti; Filarmonica del Teatro Comunale di Bologna; Coro di Teatro Comunale di Bologna

BolognaAida

Verdi: Aida
Frédéric Chaslin; Francesco Micheli; Teatro Comunale di Bologna; Edoardo Sanchi; Silvia Aymonino; Véronica Simeoni; Cristina Melis

BolognaTosca

Puccini: Tosca
Aziz Shokhakimov; Daniele Abbado; Teatro Comunale di Bologna; Luigi Perego; Jolana Fogašová; Elena Rossi
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Bologna's Teatro Comunale scores a slam dunk

The Comunale had teamed up with Bologna's basketball team Virtus to create a 50%-off ticket deal aimed at drawing new audiences. The subject matter of this opera might not seem the most immediately accessible, but this was playing to capture the imaginations of opera newbies.
****1
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Intensity-laden La voix-Cav diptych in Bologna

One wonders why Emma Dante's concept, which explores the plight of women crushed by romantic catastrophes, is not done more often.
*****
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Rossini's Turk given in memory of Alberto Zedda

In Livermore's staging the scheme becomes meta-cinematographic: the poet Prosdocimus here has Marcello Mastroianni's features in Fellini's film 8 ½.
***11
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Werther's middle-class dream in Bologna

Juan Diego Flórez plays the role for the first time on stage and it's a vocal triumph 
****1
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Elektra in Bologna

A pure and intense evening of music, which deserved the warm ovation of the audience at the end of the execution. 
****1
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Macbeth according to Robert Wilson

Thanks to Wilson, to an orchestra in great shape, and to an excellent cast, this production was a success. Everybody did his best in the orchestra and in the chorus, without disregarding the soring passages of the score.
****1
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