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Guide to Live Classical Music, Concerts and Opera in Italy

A glimpse of Tuscany's landscape
A glimpse of Tuscany's landscape
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La dolce vita
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RavelloThe art of variation

The art of variation
Bach C.P.E., Mozart, Beethoven, Mendelssohn, Brahms
Raffaele Maisano, Piano

RavelloRiccardo Caruso piano recital

Riccardo Caruso piano recital
Mozart, Beethoven, Debussy, Nietzsche, Busoni
Riccardo Caruso, Piano

RavelloNaydenova & Trotta violin and piano duo

Naydenova & Trotta violin and piano duo
Vivaldi, Mozart, Handel, Tchaikovsky, Corelli
Kamelya Naydenova; Massimo Trotta

BolognaOrchestra Mozart | Bernard Haitink in Bologna

© Marco Caselli Nirmal
Haydn, Beethoven
Orchestra Mozart; Bernard Haitink; Soloists of the Orchestra Mozart

RavelloAlessandro Capone piano recital

Alessandro Capone piano recital
Beethoven, Haydn, Chopin
Alessandro Capone, Piano

BolognaSoloists of the Orchestra Mozart in Bologna

© Marco Caselli Nirmal
Carter, Beethoven, Britten, Mozart
Soloists of the Orchestra Mozart
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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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The Tales of Hoffmann are beautifully told in Naples

The Tales of Hoffmann at Teatro di San Carlo © Francesco Squeglia
One of Teatro San Carlo’s most cherished productions of recent years, with an excellent cast of singers and a director who steered at his ease into the libretto’s erratic changes of mood and atmosphere.
*****
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The first modern staged performance of Paër’s Agnese in Turin

Markus Werba and Maria Rey-Joly © Edoardo Piva | Teatro Regio Torino
The Teatro Regio presents a Classical rarity with echoes of Mozart and anticipations of Rossini. Diego Fasolis conducts with imagination and spunk.
***11
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A minimalist reading of Orfeo ed Euridice in Rome

Carlo Vistoli (Orfeo) and Mariangela Sicilia (Euridice) © Fabrizio Sansoni
Robert Carsen's minimalist modern reading of Gluck's masterpiece is a pure distillation of opera (and life) and the Teatro dell'Opera di Roma.
****1
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Gardner and Levit invigorate the Filarmonica della Scala

Edward Gardner © Benjamin Ealovega
Edward Gardner clearly has a thing for the Czechs. A month after he made his Royal Opera main-stage debut with Janáček's Katya Kabanova, here he was with the Filarmonica della Scala to conduct a strongly Czech programme.
****1
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Gergiev conducts a grandiose Khovanshchina at La Scala

Evgenia Muraveva (Emma) and Mikhail Petrenko (Khovansky) © Marco Brescia & Rudy Amisano | Teatro alla Scala
In Khovanshchina, even more so than in Boris Godunov, the chorus is the chief protagonist and the La Scala chorus was truly astonishing.
****1
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