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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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BerlinLa bohèmeNew production

Nadja Mchantaf (Mimì), Günter Papendell (Marcello) and Vera-Lotte Böcker (Musetta) © Iko Freese | drama.berlin.de
Puccini: La bohème
Jordan De Souza; Barrie Kosky; Komische Oper Berlin; Rufus Didwiszus; Victoria Behr; Nadja Mchantaf; Vera-Lotte Böcker

BudapestJoseph Calleja Sings Arias

Joseph Calleja Sings Arias
Mozart, Donizetti, Verdi, Massenet, Puccini, Mascagni, Tchaikovsky, Tosti, Vella, Crescenzo, Leoncavallo
Hungarian State Opera Orchestra; Pier Giorgio Morandi; Joseph Calleja

MunichTurandot

Turandot
Puccini: Turandot
Pinchas Steinberg; Carlus Padrissa; Bavarian State Opera; Roland Olbeter; Chu Uroz; Anna Pirozzi; Fabio Sartori

BerlinTosca

Tosca
Puccini: Tosca
Pier Giorgio Morandi; Boleslaw Barlog; Deutsche Oper Berlin; Ivan Repušić; Oksana Lyniv; Filippo Sanjust

BudapestCavalleria rusticana / Messa di Gloria

Cavalleria rusticana / Messa di Gloria
Mascagni, Puccini
Marco Comin; Hungarian State Opera; Ildikó Komlósi; Zsófia Kálnay; Éva Balatoni
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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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Celine Byrne makes INO's Butterfly a memorable experience

Celine Byrne (Cio-Cio-San) © Patrick Redmond
Byrne is stunning in the title role while a strong cast of singers, orchestra, classic sets and dramatic acting make this a thoroughly enjoyable performance. 
*****
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Four house debuts in Latvian National Opera's Bohème

Marlena Keine (Musetta) © Andris Tone
With four singers making their debuts and two more experienced singers making strong impression, Latvian opera singing appears to be in safe hands.
****1
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Drums of war: the Flanders Symphony Orchestra at Cadogan Hall

Filippo Gorini © Mat Hennek
Jan Latham-Koenig conducting the Flanders Symphony Orchestra reveals the drama and Romantic heart in Mendelssohn's Third Symphony, while Filippo Gorini chooses a classical approach to Beethoven.
****1
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Pappano and the LSO bring the Italians out of the opera pit

Sir Antonio Pappano © Musacchio & Ianniello
An evening of three Italian opera composers on the concert platform, crowned with a glowing performance of Puccini's rarely heard Messa di Gloria.
****1
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