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MilanAttilaNew Production

Ildar Abdrazakov (Attila) © Teatro alla Scala | Brescia e Amisano
Verdi: Attila
Riccardo Chailly; Davide Livermore; Teatro alla Scala; Giò Forma; Gianluca Falaschi; Ildar Abdrazakov; Saioa Hernández

MilanBalanchine's The Nutcracker

Tchaikovsky: The Nutcracker
George Balanchine; Teatro alla Scala; Michail Jurowski; Margherita Palli; Orchestra del Teatro alla Scala

MilanLa traviata

Verdi: La traviata
Myung-whun Chung; Liliana Cavani; Teatro alla Scala; Dante Ferretti; Gabriella Pescucci; Marina Rebeka; Sonya Yoncheva

MilanChristian Gerhaher

Schubert: Winterreise (W. Müller), D.911
Christian Gerhaher; Gerold Huber

MilanWnterreise

Schubert: Winterreise
Angelin Preljocaj; Teatro alla Scala; Constance Guisset; Thomas Tatzl; James Vaughan

MilanMarianne Crebassa

Debussy, Satie, Ravel, Fauré, Duparc, Say
Marianne Crebassa; Fazıl Say
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Saoia Hernández wins La Scala hearts in Attila

Ildar Abdrazakov (Attila) © Teatro alla Scala | Brescia e Amisano
Outstanding vocal and orchestral performances light up La Scala's season opener, matched to a conservative but visually arresting staging from Davide Livermore.
****1
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A metatheatrical take on Enrico di Borgogna in Bergamo

Anna Bonitatibus (Enrico) © Gianfranco Rota
A clever production enlivens a rare, early opera at the Donizetti Opera Festival. A fantastic cast and a great period orchestra seal a resounding success under the lead of Alessandro De Marchi.
*****
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The first, forgotten Tudor Queen: Il castello di Kenilworth in Bergamo

Jessica Pratt (Elisabetta) © Gianfranco Rota
The Donizetti Opera Festival presents a rarity with a good cast of bel canto specialists in a somewhat disappointing production.
***11
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A psychological Macbeth at La Fenice

Vittoria Yeo (Lady Macbeth) and Luca Salsi (Macbeth) © Michele Crosera
This is one of Michieletto's simplest stagings yet, the imagery used to a minimum to allow for focus on the psychological core.
*****
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Inevitable solitude in the Ricci/Forte's new diptych

Gábor Bretz © Rosellina Garbo
Performing arts duo Ricci/Forte throw what feels like the entire directorial arsenal at this production.
****1
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Beckett at La Scala: world première of Kurtág's Fin de partie

Leigh Melrose (Clov) and Frode Olsen (Hamm) © Ruth Walz | Teatro alla Scala
Never before has human impotence been so cruelly portrayed on stage.
****1
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