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Ariadne auf Naxos © Brescia/Amisano | Teatro alla Scala
Milan

Ariadne in Milan: the director cannot find the thread

By , 23 April 2019
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Evgenia Muraveva (Cio-Cio-San) © Luciano Romano
Naples

A sophisticated new Butterfly directed by Ferzan Ozpetek in Naples

By , 16 April 2019
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Alessandra Ferri in I now/ I then © Brescia & Amisano | Teatro alla Scala
Milan

Fluctuating around Virginia's tissues of the mind: Woolf Works at La Scala

By , 07 April 2019
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The Tales of Hoffmann at Teatro di San Carlo © Francesco Squeglia
Naples

The Tales of Hoffmann are beautifully told in Naples

By , 17 March 2019
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Markus Werba and Maria Rey-Joly © Edoardo Piva | Teatro Regio Torino
Turin

The first modern staged performance of Paër’s Agnese in Turin

By , 17 March 2019
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Carlo Vistoli (Orfeo) and Mariangela Sicilia (Euridice) © Fabrizio Sansoni
Rome

A minimalist reading of Orfeo ed Euridice in Rome

By , 15 March 2019
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Edward Gardner © Benjamin Ealovega
Milan

Gardner and Levit invigorate the Filarmonica della Scala

By , 11 March 2019
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Evgenia Muraveva (Emma) and Mikhail Petrenko (Khovansky) © Marco Brescia & Rudy Amisano | Teatro alla Scala
Milan

Valery Gergiev conducts a grandiose Khovanshchina at La Scala

By , 27 February 2019
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Cullberg Ballet rehearsing Protagonist © Courtesy of Fondazione Musica per Roma
Rome

Cullberg Ballet's Protagonist in Rome: a mixed bag of intrigue and cliché

By , 26 February 2019
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Maria Agresta (Anna Bolena) © Yasuko Kageyama | Opera di Roma
Rome

A great cast for Anna Bolena at the Teatro dell'Opera di Roma

By , 24 February 2019
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Un ballo in maschera by San Carlo Theatre © Francesco Squeglia
Naples

The Swedish King is back in Naples for Un ballo in maschera

By , 22 February 2019
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Il re pastore at the Teatro La Fenice in Venice © Michele Crosera
Venice

A second chance for a teenager Mozart in Venice

By , 15 February 2019
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Il sogno di Scipione © Michele Crosera
Venice

Young Mozart returns to Venice: Il sogno di Scipione

By , 14 February 2019
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Marianne Crebassa © Simon Fowler | Warner Classics
Milan

Elegance and finesse: Marianne Crebassa in recital at La Scala

By , 27 January 2019
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S. Ballone, M. Agostino, C. Fiandra and A. Riso in La Scala Ballet's Winterreise © Brescia e Amisano
Milan

Crystal-like dismay buried in snow and detritus: Preljocaj's Winterreise at a dead end

By , 24 January 2019
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Káťa Kabanová © Luciano Romano
Naples

Kàt’a Kabanova takes flight in Naples

By , 15 December 2018
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Ildar Abdrazakov (Attila) © Teatro alla Scala | Brescia e Amisano
Milan

She came, she saw, she conquered: Saoia Hernández wins La Scala hearts in a conservative Attila

By , 07 December 2018
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Anna Bonitatibus (Enrico) © Gianfranco Rota
Bergamo

A metatheatrical take on Donizetti's Enrico di Borgogna in Bergamo

By , 25 November 2018
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Jessica Pratt (Elisabetta) © Gianfranco Rota
Bergamo

The first, forgotten Tudor Queen: Il castello di Kenilworth in Bergamo

By , 24 November 2018
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Vittoria Yeo (Lady Macbeth) and Luca Salsi (Macbeth) © Michele Crosera
Venice

A psychological Macbeth from Michieletto and Chung at La Fenice

By , 23 November 2018
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Gábor Bretz © Rosellina Garbo
Palermo

Inevitable solitude in the Ricci/Forte's new diptych at the Teatro Massimo

By , 18 November 2018
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Leigh Melrose (Clov) and Frode Olsen (Hamm) © Ruth Walz | Teatro alla Scala
Milan

Beckett at La Scala: world première of Kurtág's Fin de partie

By , 15 November 2018
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Le nozze di Figaro © Yasuko Kageyama | Opera di Roma
Rome

An elephant in the room: Graham Vick's new Figaro opens in Rome

By , 03 November 2018
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Marily Santoro (Norma) © Antonio Sollazzo
Reggio Calabria

A convincing Norma at the Teatro Francesco Cilea, Reggio Calabria

By , 02 November 2018
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Lorenzo Viotti © Brescia e Amisano | Teatro alla Scala
Milan

Lorenzo Viotti debuts with the Filarmonica della Scala

By , 31 October 2018
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Alex Esposito (Assur) and Jessica Pratt (Semiramide) © Michele Crosera
Venice

A regal, integral version of Semiramide in Venice

By , 21 October 2018
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Hanna-Elisabeth Müller (Sandrina) © Marco Brescia & Rudy Amisano | Teatro alla Scala
Milan

La finta giardiniera: Mozart’s early masterpiece charms at La Scala

By , 20 October 2018
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Riccardo Chailly conducts the Lucerne Festival Orchestra at La Scala © Brescia & Amisano | Teatro alla Scala
Milan

The Lucerne Festival Orchestra debuts at La Scala

By , 14 October 2018
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Anna Maria Chiuri (Azucena) © Edoardo Piva | Teatro Regio Torino
Turin

In Turin's Trovatore, the women carry the day

By , 10 October 2018
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Giovanni Meoni (Nabucco) © Luciano Romano
Naples

A low profile staging for Nabucco in Naples

By , 09 October 2018
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Riccardo Zanellato (Attila) © Roberto Ricci
Parma

A traditional Attila at the Verdi Festival in Parma

By , 30 September 2018
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Nino Surguladze (Azucena) © Lucie Jansch
Parma

Robert Wilson's lunar Trouvère in Parma is the antithesis of grand opéra

By , 29 September 2018
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Francesco Meli (Ernani and Ailyn Pérez (Elvira) © Marco Brescia & Rudy Amisano | Teatro alla Scala
Milan

Codes of honour trip up Bechtolf's Ernani at La Scala

By , 29 September 2018
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Francesca Manzo (Delia), Riccardo Della Sciucca (Nadir) and Chuan Wang (Calaf) © Marco Brescia & Rudy Amisano | Teatro alla Scala
Milan

Cherubini's Ali Baba finally returns to La Scala in an Academy staging

By , 01 September 2018
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Samuel Sakker and Anush Hovhannisyan sing Sardanapolo © Elena Giorgi
Lerici

Liszt’s ‘lost’ opera bursts back to life

By , 27 August 2018
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Davide Luciano (Figaro) and Aya Wakizono (Rosina) © Studio Amatio Bacciardi
Pesaro

Pier Luigi Pizzi’s Barbiere triumphs in Pesaro

By , 16 August 2018
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Adina in Pesaro © Studio Amatio Bacciardi
Pesaro

Adina in Wonderland: Lisette Oropesa shines in Pesaro

By , 15 August 2018
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Juan Diego Flórez (Ricciardo) and Pretty Yende (Zoraide) © Studio Amatio Bacciardi
Pesaro

Ricciardo e Zoraide: Orientalism at the Rossini Opera Festival

By , 14 August 2018
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Raffaella Lupinacci (Romeo) and Leonor Bonilla (Giulietta) © Fabrizio Sansoni
Martina Franca

Vaccai's Giulietta e Romeo resuscitated in Martina Franca

By , 31 July 2018
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Teresa Iervolino (Rinaldo) © Paolo Conserva
Martina Franca

Who are the champions? Rinaldo given a rock makeover in Martina Franca

By , 29 July 2018
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Salome Jicia (Violetta Valéry) © Alfredo Tabocchini
Macerata

Svoboda’s “Traviata of the Mirrors” returns to Macerata

By , 22 July 2018
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Alex Esposito (Dulcamara) © Alfredo Tabocchini
Macerata

Michieletto's L'elisir d'amore finds its ideal setting at the Macerata Festival

By , 21 July 2018
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Guido Loconsolo (Papageno) and Valentina Mastrangelo (Pamina) © Alfredo Tabocchini
Macerata

Graham Vick's new Magic Flute opens the Macerata Opera Festival

By , 20 July 2018
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Riccardo Muti conducting the Orchestra del Maggio Musicale Fiorentino © Silvia Lelli
Ravenna

Riccardo Muti conducts a majestic Macbeth in Ravenna

By , 15 July 2018
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Saimir Pirgu (The Duke of Mantua) and Nino Surguladze (Maddalena) © Francesco Squeglia
Naples

A solid, dramatic staging for Rigoletto in Naples

By , 14 July 2018
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Brian Jagde (Cavaradossi) and Ainhoa Arteta (Tosca) © Luciano Romano
Naples

Tosca finally set in its own time and place at the Teatro San Carlo

By , 12 July 2018
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Lucia Cirillo (Despina), Federica Lombardi (Fiordiligi) and Annalisa Stroppa (Dorabella) © Rammella & Giannese/Piva | Teatro Regio Torino
Turin

A strong Italian cast in a traditional production of Così fan tutte in Turin

By , 01 July 2018
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Sonya Yoncheva (Imogene) © Brescia & Amisano | Teatro alla Scala
Milan

Sonya Yoncheva triumphs in Il pirata at La Scala

By , 29 June 2018
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Francesca Boncompagni (Dafne) © Camilla Ricci
Florence

Dafne returns to Florence four centuries later

By , 25 June 2018
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Stuart Skelton (Florestan) and Ricarda Merbeth (Leonore) © Brescia & Amisano | Teatro alla Scala
Milan

No protests required: Deborah Warner's Fidelio returns to La Scala

By , 21 June 2018
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