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Performer: Alexey Dolgov

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LiègeMadama ButterflyNew production

Madama Butterfly
Puccini: Madama Butterfly
Speranza Scappucci; Stefano Mazzonis di Pralafera; Opéra Royal de Wallonie-Liège; Ayrton Desimpelaere; Jean-Guy Lecat; Fernand Ruiz; Svetlana Aksenova
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Yoncheva and Dudamel shine in a blazing Otello at the Met

Sonya Yoncheva (Desdemona) © Ken Howard | Metropolitan Opera
When it comes to the title role, Bartlett Sher's non-interventionist production misses the core of the character. 
****1
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Trying to rethink Madama Butterfly at Seattle Opera

Alexey Dolgov (Pinkerton) and Lianna Haroutounian (Cio-Cio-San) © Jacob Lucas
Seattle Opera's visually poetic and refined Madama Butterfly peeks back at Puccini's own first version of the opera, which was arguably more openly critical of the devastation wrought by imperialism. 
***11
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Netrebko a magnificent Tatyana in The Met's Onegin

Anna Netrebko (Tatyana) and Mariusz Kwiecień (Onegin) © Marty Sohl | Metropolitan Opera
The evening was dominated by Anna Netrebko, who reprised the role of Tatiana with fresh insights and vocal charisma.  Robin Ticciati led the Met Orchestra to probe a new depth of the score.
*****
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Black gold: Rimsky-Korsakov in Brussels

Pavlo Hunka (Tsar Dodon) and Sarah Demarthe (Cockerel) © Matthias Baus | La Monnaie
Laurent Pelly exploits the satirical side of Rimsky-Korsakov's The Golden Cockerel at La Monnaie in a darkly humorous but colourfully performed production.
****1
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Kunde both amazes and disappoints in Teatro Real's Otello

George Petean (Iago) and Gregory Kunde (Otello) © Javier del Real | Teatro Real
A lacklustre season opening at Teatro Real proves once again the elusive nature of Verdi's masterpiece.
***11
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