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Joseph Calleja on the genius of Puccini

Joseph Calleja © Simon Fowler | Decca
“Everything you hear about me is true!” Joseph Calleja reflects on taking on the role of Cavaradossi as well as discussing other Puccini roles and the way his voice has developed. 

Bryan Hymel on doing the verismo double

Bryan Hymel © Dario Acosta
Hymel’s career-defining moment came in 2012 when he replaced Jonas Kaufmann a new production of Les Troyens. His career hasn't looked back since. 

Ermonela Jaho on her heartbreaking soprano roles

Ermonela Jaho © Fadil Berisha
Albanian soprano Ermonela Jaho is renowned for heartfelt performances as some of opera's most tortured soprano roles, especially Violetta in La traviata, the opera in which she sprang to fame in London when she jumped in for an indisposed Anna Netrebko. 
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Year of birth1858
Year of death1924
NationalityItaly
PeriodRomantic
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ViennaTosca

Puccini: Tosca
Marco Armiliato; Margarethe Wallmann; Vienna State Opera; Nicola Benois; Sondra Radvanovsky; Piotr Beczała

BerlinLa rondine

La rondine
Puccini: La rondine
Stefano Ranzani; Rolando Villazón; Deutsche Oper Berlin; Johannes Leiacker; Brigitte Reiffenstuel; Ermonela Jaho; Alexandra Hutton

BerlinTurandot

Turandot
Puccini: Turandot
Andrea Battistoni; Lorenzo Fioroni; Deutsche Oper Berlin; John Fiore; Paul Zoller; Katharina Gault; Marrero Meechot

LeedsThe Rite of Spring / Gianni Schicchi

Vanessa Vince-Pang in The Rite of Spring © Tristram Kenton
Puccini, Stravinsky
Garry Walker; Christopher Alden; Opera North; Charles Edwards; Doey Lüthi; Richard Burkhard; Tereza Gevorgyan

BernLa bohème

Puccini: La bohème
Ivo Hentschel; Matthew Wild; Stadttheater Bern; Kathrin Frosch; Ingo Krügler; Zsolt Czetner; Chor Konzert Theater Bern
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Last Rites: Puccini meets Stravinsky in Leeds

Vanessa Vince-Pang in The Rite of Spring © Tristram Kenton
A daring double bill from Opera North and Phoenix Dance Theatre pairs Jeanguy Saintus' new choreography for The Rite of Spring with a revival of Christopher Alden's production of Gianni Schicchi
****1
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Renée Fleming in recital at the Concertgebouw

Renée Fleming © Andrew Eccles | Decca
In a highly versatile recital, soprano Renée Fleming was at her best in unaffected songs and operetta.
***11
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When death is an old-fashioned portrait

Nadja Mchantaf (Mimì), Günter Papendell (Marcello) and Vera-Lotte Böcker (Musetta) © Iko Freese | drama.berlin.de
The new version of La bohème at the Komische Oper Berlin follows a hard Verismo-beat.
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Pleasing rendition of Great Opera Choruses by RTE Philharmonic Choir

RTÉ Philharmonic Choir © RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra
Some rousing singing from the RTÉ Philharmonic Choir of the famous choruses from the great operas. 
**111
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Stylish, witty double bill at RCS

Arthur Bruce (Gianni Schicchi) © Royal Conservatoire of Scotland | Robbie McFadzean

Commedia dell'arte and zany surrealism: RCS opera school pulls off a highly amusing double bill of Gianni Schicchi and Les Mamelles de Tirésias with style.

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