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Performer: Aleksandra Kurzak

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Aleksandra Kurzak impresses as the Met’s new Violetta

Michael Mayer’s colorful and busy production of La traviata returned to the Met with a triumphant performance of the title role by soprano Aleksandra Kurzak.
****1
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Alagna shines as murky Cav and exciting Pag reappear at The Met

David McVicar's uninspiring Cavalleria rusticana remains problematic, but a strong Pagliacci leaves the New York audience gasping. 
****1
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Returning to the crime scene: Royal Opera's Lucia

A new cast arrives for Katie Mitchell's gothic Lucia di Lammermoor – and, despite caveats about the staging, deliver some excellent performances. 
****1
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Grigolo wins the girl in Met's L'elisir

A revival of Donizetti’s L’elisir d’amore at the Met, where Vittorio Grigolo's Nemorino happily ignores most of Bartless Sher's subtexts. 
****1
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Kurzak a deliciously devious Norina in Zurich

In Donizetti’s most popular comic opera, the great mix of slapstick buffa and an obtuse venue make up the stuffs of what audiences continue to love. 
***11
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Kurzak and Pidò inspire a rumbustious Turco in Italia

Aleksandra Kurzak delivers a top drawer performance as Fiorilla, leading a star-studded cast as Evelino Pidò gives us a lesson in how to conduct Rossini in the latest revival of Il turco in Italia.
****1
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