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Performer: Alessio Arduini

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Cinderella's pink dream: La Cenerentola in Amsterdam

Lawrence Brownlee (Don Ramiro) and Isabel Leonard (Cenerentola) © Matthias Baus | DNO 2019
At Dutch National Opera in Amsterdam, Laurent Pelly stages Cenenrentola as a pink daydream.
****1
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Alagna shines as murky Cav and exciting Pag reappear at The Met

Roberto Alagna (Canio) in Pagliacci © Ken Howard | Metropolitan Opera
David McVicar's uninspiring Cavalleria rusticana remains problematic, but a strong Pagliacci leaves the New York audience gasping. 
****1
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Well sung but charmless Così fan tutte

Fine singing from the quartet of lovers isn't enough to prevent Bychkov's slow tempi and Gloger's earnest direction from turning Così into a very long evening.
**111
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Don Giovanni escapes the flames in Salzburg

According to director Sven-Eric Bechtolf,  Don Giovanni’s divine retribution for a life of pure evil and insatiable fornication is just more of the same.
***11
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La bohème a chilly disappointment in Vienna

Despite Angel Blue and Ryan Speedo Green, this revival of Franco Zeffirelli’s classic production lacked vocal colour.
**111
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La fanciulla del West triumphs at the Vienna Staatsoper with Kaufmann and Stemme

Puccini’s La fanciulla del West, in its new production by Marco Arturo Marelli, features excellent singing from top to bottom, tight orchestral playing, beautiful lighting, and a decisive lack of cowboys, saloons and other “Wild West” clichés. Set in a modern-day mining village in the middle of somewhere vast and gorgeous, the production focuses on the social interplay and struggles of the miners.
****1
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