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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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ValenciaTurandot

Turandot
Puccini: Turandot
Alpesh Chauhan; Chen Kaige; Palau de Les Arts Reina Sofia; Jennifer Wilson; Teresa Romano; Marco Berti; Amadi Lagha

Newcastle upon TyneToscaNew production

Tosca
Puccini: Tosca
Antony Hermus; Edward Dick; Opera North; Tom Scutt; Fotini Dimou; Giselle Allen; Susannah Glanville

HoustonLa bohème

© Cory Weaver
Puccini: La bohème
James Lowe; John Caird; Houston Grand Opera; David Farley; Ivan Magrì; Yongzhao Yu

OviedoGregory Kunde y Tatiana Lisnic

Gregory Kunde y Tatiana Lisnic
Verdi, Puccini, Leoncavallo
Oviedo Filarmonía; Christopher Franklin; Gregory Kunde; Tatiana Lisnic

LeipzigLa fanciulla del WestNew production

© Kirsten Nijhof
Puccini: La fanciulla del West
Ulf Schirmer; Cusch Jung; Oper Leipzig; Karin Fritz; Anja Kampe; Gaston Rivero
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Eyvazov shines in Met's Fanciulla

Eva-Maria Westbroek (Minnie) and Yusif Eyvazov (Dick Johnson) © Ken Howard | Metropolitan Opera
The audience for The Met's first performance of La fanciulla del West this season arrived loaded for bear. Not only were they disappointed that Jonas Kaufmann was not singing (he's slated for shows starting 17th October), but their disappointment was heightened by the fact that tenor Yusif Eyvazov was singing.
*****
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Chauhan takes CBSO from shaky start to triumphant finale

Alpesh Chauhan © Patrick Allen | operaomnia.co.uk
Conductor Alpesh Chauhan and pianist Pavel Kolesnikov returned to Birmingham with an Italian themed programme. Could they build on the success of their previous performances with the CBSO?   
***11
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Fresh talent breathes new life into The Met's Bohème

Nicole Car (Mimì) and Vittorio Grigòlo © Marty Sohl | Metropolitan Opera
A debuting conductor, two new singers, and a fine ensemble of singers bring unexpected joy to the Met's traditional La bohème with fresh and youthful energy.
****1
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An emotional new Tosca from Christof Loy in Helsinki

Tuomas Pursio (Scarpia) and Aušrinė Stundytė (Tosca) © Heikki Tuuli
Carè, Stundytė and Pursio all shine as singers and actors in an intense, exciting production at the Finnish National Opera.
****1
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Talented young cast shines in New Zealand Opera's La bohème

Thomas Atkins (Rodolfo) and Marlena Devoe (Mimì) © David Rowland
It was hard not to be drawn in by the romance and tragedy as presented by such a sincere, credible and vocally talented young cast and a conductor with such strong identification with the idiom.
****1
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