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MilanFierrabrasNew Production

Peter Sonn (Eginhard) © Brescia & Amisano | Teatro alla Scala
Schubert: Fierrabras
Daniel Harding; Peter Stein; Teatro alla Scala; Ferdinand Wögerbauer; Annamaria Heinreich; Anett Fritsch; Dorothea Röschmann

MilanFidelio

Fidelio
Beethoven: Fidelio
Myung-whun Chung; Deborah Warner; Teatro alla Scala; Chloe Obolensky; Stuart Skelton; Simone Schneider

MilanIl pirataNew Production

Il pirata
Bellini: Il pirata
Riccardo Frizza; Christof Loy; Teatro alla Scala; Raimund Orfeo Voigt; Ursula Renzenbrink; Sonya Yoncheva; Roberta Mantegna

Campitello di FassaGraham Nash

Graham Nash, Voice

San Martino di CastrozzaTrek: Mario Brunello, Manolo

Mario Brunello, Cello

Castel San Pietro TermeGrand Opening

Beethoven, Rossini, Verdi, Bizet, Puccini, Mascagni
Varignana Music Festival Orchestra; Lorenzo Bizzarri; Varignana Music Festival Choir
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Mixed results as Fierrabras premieres at La Scala

Peter Sonn (Eginhard) © Brescia & Amisano | Teatro alla Scala
Harding's grasp of the work's architecture that provides overall coherence. That, combined with the pithy, pulsing core he forges at its heart, makes this performance as engaging as it is polished.
***11
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A guilty pleasure: Zeffirelli's Aida at La Scala

Krassimira Stoyanova (Aida), Fabio Sartori (Radamès) and George Gagnidze (Amonasro) © Brescia & Amisano | Teatro alla Scala
You feel you ought not to approve of such directorial extravagance, but catch yourself being drawn into the grand pageant. 
****1
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Patriotic fervour in Florence's La battaglia di Legnano

Giuseppe Gipali (Arrigo), Giuseppe Altomare (Rolando) and Vittoria Yeo (Lida) © Camilla Riccò | TerranovaProject Contrasto
Marco Tullio Giordana's new production at the Maggio Musicale may be static, but musically there's much to enjoy in this rare slice of middle-period Verdi.
****1
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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Two different variations of the female conditions: one of 1909 and now utterly out-of-date, the second of 1959 much more ut-to-date.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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Cardillac at the Maggio Musicale Fiorentino

Cardillac © Michele Borzoni | TerraProject/Contrasto
The in-house orchestra played out of its skin under Fabio Luisi.
****1
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A fantastic folle journée at Teatro di San Carlo

Bruno de Simone (Beaupertuis), Zuzana Marková	 (Elena) and Pietro Adaini (Fadinard) © Francesco Squeglia
A fresh, gleaming production of director Elena Barbalich, with as much vaudeville as possible
*****
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