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Composer: Wolf-Ferrari, Ermanno (1876-1948)

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LondonPiotr Beczała and Helmut Deutsch

Donaudy, Wolf-Ferrari, Respighi, Tosti, Szymanowski, Karlowicz, Moniuszko
Piotr Beczała; Helmut Deutsch

LondonIl segreto di Susanna / IolantaNew production

Wolf-Ferrari, Tchaikovsky
Opera Holland Park; Natalya Romaniw; Opera Holland Park Chorus; City of London Sinfonia
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On the female condition: two 20th-century operas in Turin

Anna Caterina Antonacci (Susanna) and Bruno Danjoux (Servant) © Rammella & Giannese/Piva | Teatro Regio Torino
Two different variations of the female conditions: one of 1909 and now utterly out-of-date, the second of 1959 much more ut-to-date.
****1
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Situation comedy, Italian style

Nicola Said (Rosaura) © Clive Barda
A light and sassy comedy from Wolf-Ferrari showcases the latest crop of talent from the Guildhall in a stylish 1960s production from Yannis Thavoris with video by Dom Baker, directed by Stephen Barlow.
***11
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Solving mysteries: Il segreto di Susanna and Bluebeard

Joshua Rowe (Count Gil) and Naomi Hede (Countess Susanna) © Darren Williams Photography
Emerging artists to the fore as each of these two-handers engage us in differing exposés of puzzles, one comic, one tragic.
****1
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Opera Holland Park unearths a rare gem with I gioielli della Madonna

Natalya Romaniw as Maliella and Olafur Sigurdarson as Rafaele  ©  Alex Brenner
Ermanno Wolf-Ferrari is a bit of a strange fish: a recluse, a self-described mystic, and proud enough of his hybrid German-Italian identity that he appended his mother’s maiden name to his own at the age of nineteen.
****1
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Beethoven in Bonn: A legacy in good hands

Beethoven Orchestra Bonn  ©  Barbara Aumüller
Bonn is all about Beethoven. His image is everywhere – on one of the first statues built in Germany for a musician in 1845 in the main Munsterplatz by the cathedral, in the tourist office regalia, in directions to the house where he was born in 1770 (now a museum), in the month-long, annual Beethoven Festival, in the 2,000-seat Beethovenhalle, and, most especially, in the orchestra.
****1
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