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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. 
Fact file
Year of birth1858
Year of death1924
NationalityItaly
PeriodRomantic
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LlandudnoTosca

Tosca
Puccini: Tosca
Carlo Rizzi; Michael Blakemore; Welsh National Opera; Ashley Martin-Davis; Claire Rutter; Gwyn Hughes Jones; Hector Sandoval

ViennaTurandot

Puccini: Turandot
Frédéric Chaslin; Marco Arturo Marelli; Vienna State Opera; Lise Lindstrom; Roberto Alagna; Aleksandra Kurzak

RigaTurandotNew Production

Turandot
Puccini: Turandot
Gintaras Rinkevicius; Latvian National Opera; Juris Salmanis; Kristīne Pasternaka; Sandra Janusaite; George Oniani

StockholmTosca

Tosca
Puccini: Tosca
Knut Hendriksen; Royal Swedish Opera; Björn Brusewitz; Ann-Mari Anttila; Emma Vetter; Kristian Flor

CheltenhamIl tabarro & Gianni Schicchi

© Richard Hubert Smith
Puccini
Michael Rosewell; James Conway; English Touring Opera; Neil Irish; Craig Smith; Sarah-Jane Lewis; Charne Rochford
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An eye-popping Tosca in Rome

Svetlana Kasyan (Tosca) © Yasuko Kageyama | Teatro dell’Opera di Roma
Alessandro Talevi's gorgeous staging recreates Tosca as it might have been seen at its 1900 première. 
****1
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Guanqun Yu's Liù the shining star of Turandot at The Met

Guanqun Yu (Liù) © Richard Termine | Metropolitan Opera
Amidst mixed vocal performances, competent orchestral playing and spectacular staging, Guanqun Yu took the limelight as a devout and sincere Liù.
***11
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Boho chic: Handa Opera on Sydney Harbour returns

Ho-Yoon Chung (Rodolfo) and Iulia Maria Dan (Mimì) © Prudence Upton
Handa Opera on Sydney Harbour returns with La bohème, in a fine production by Andy Morton, with star turns from Iulia Maria Dan and Ho-Yoon Chung in the lead roles.
****1
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Humdinger of a Gianni Schicchi from ETO

Craig Smith (Michele) in Il tabarro © Richard Hubert Smith
A great return appearance for English Touring Opera's Puccini double bill opening its spring tour at the Hackney Empire.
****1
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Ermonela Jaho lives the part of Butterfly

Ermonela Jaho (Cio-Cio-San) and Roberto Aronica (Pinkerton) © Karen Almond | Metropolitan Opera
A star-turn from Ermonela Jaho as Puccini's heroine. 
*****
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