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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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Santa FeMadame Butterfly

Madame Butterfly
Puccini: Madama Butterfly
John Fiore; Matthew Ozawa; Santa Fe Opera; Jean-Marc Puissant; Brigitte Reiffenstuel; Kelly Kaduce; Ana María Martínez

Vienna120 Jahre Volksoper Wien

Benatzky, Bernstein, Gershwin, Loewe, Lortzing, Millöcker, Offenbach, Puccini
Orchestra of the Vienna Volksoper; Alfred Eschwé; Chorus of the Vienna Volksoper; Christoph Wagner-Trenkwitz; Johanna Arrouas; Daniela Fally

AmsterdamNetherlands Radio Choir: Famous Italian Opera Choruses

© Simon van Boxtel
Rossini, Verdi, Mascagni, Bellini, Puccini
Radio Filharmonisch Orkest; Giancarlo Andretta; Netherlands Radio Choir (Groot Omroepkoor)

RigaTurandot

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

MurciaArias en el cine

Arias en el cine
Strauss R., Handel, Bellini, Puccini, Mascagni, Gounod, Dvořák, Shostakovich, Bizet, Rossini
Orquesta Sinfónica de la Región de Murcia; Virginia Martínez; Pilar Jurado
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A girl next door: La bohème at Dorset Opera Festival

Lauren Michelle (Musetta) and Charles Johnston (Alcindoro) © Fritz Curzon
It's not easy to imagine a freezing Parisian attic when you're in the middle of the rolling Dorset countryside in a baking summer, but Dorset Opera's excellent production of Puccini's La bohème is atmospheric enough to do so.
****1
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Petrenko and a luxury cast grace Il trittico in Munich

Ermonela Jaho (Suor Angelica) © Wilfired Hösl
Petrenko's Puccini is bracingly alert, filled with colour and has a romantic sweep that is utterly transporting.
*****
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Nelsons sheds light on Puccini's canvas

Jonathan Tetelman and Kristine Opolais © Hilary Scott
Under Andris Nelsons' baton, the musical canvas was remarkably supple with proper light shed on Puccini’s melodic inventiveness and wondrous orchestration.
****1
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Tosca finally set in its own time and place

Brian Jagde (Cavaradossi) and Ainhoa Arteta (Tosca) © Luciano Romano
After a number of eccentric stagings, Mario Pontiggia's traditional production is a hit in Naples. 
***11
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Butterfly's castle: Puccini soars at Savonlinna

Sae-Kyung Rim (Cio-Cio-San) and Mikael Kohi © Soila Puurtinen
There is a reason that Butterfly has the highest blub factor in the repertory, for it is not only for Cio-Cio-San that we weep, but for ourselves. 
****1
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