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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
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NottinghamThe Hallé Christmas Concert with Stephen Bell and Noah Stewart, tenor

The Hallé Christmas Concert with Stephen Bell and Noah Stewart, tenor
Coates, Rossini, Tchaikovsky, Donizetti, Prokofiev, Puccini, Bach, Lara, Traditional, Elfman, Styne, Martin, Anderson
The Hallé; Stephen Bell; Noah Stewart

BernLa bohème

Puccini: La bohème
Ivo Hentschel; Matthew Wild; Stadttheater Bern; Kathrin Frosch; Ingo Krügler; Zsolt Czetner; Chor Konzert Theater Bern

MadridTurandotNew production

Iréne Theorin (Turandot) © Javier del Real | Teatro Real
Puccini: Turandot
Nicola Luisotti; Robert Wilson; Teatro Real; Jacques Reynaud; Iréne Theorin; Oksana Dyka

BudapestLa bohème

© Csillag
Puccini: La bohème
Gergely Kesselyák; Kálmán Nádasdy; Hungarian State Opera; Gusztáv Oláh; Tivadar Márk; Istvan Horvath; Gergely Boncsér

LondonThe Piccadilly Christmas Concert 2018

Albinoni, Corelli, Mozart, Bach, Puccini
The Piccadilly Sinfonietta; Warren Mailley-Smith; Susie Parkes
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A diva debut: Anna Netrebko in recital at Carnegie Hall

Anna Netrebko © Chris Lee
Netrebko put together a potpourri showcasting her immense vocal gifts as well as her versatility.
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Suor Angelica and Gianni Schicchi in Manchester double bill

Molly Barker (Zita) and Quentin Hayes (Gianni Schicchi) in Gianni Schicchi © Robert Workman
In two equally impressive performances, students from the RNCM star in these two one-act operas.
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A house debut to savour: Natalya Romaniw in ENO's Bohème

Natalya Romaniw (Mimì) © Robert Workman
Jonathan Miller's production of La bohème is revived by ENO and features an important house debut. 
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Trittico's 100th anniversary and Domingo's 50th

Plácido Domingo (Gianni Schicchi) © Ken Howard | Metropolitan Opera
All three operas in Puccini's triptych are strongly cast in this revival. 
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Drama in concert: Elder and the LPO in Puccini's Le Willis

Arsen Soghomonyan, Ermonela Jaho and the LPO © Russell Duncan
Mark Elder and the LPO's performance of Puccini's Le Willis proved interesting and frustrating in equal measure, rescued by a star performance from Ermonela Jaho.
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