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Performer: Alisa Kolosova

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MunichRigoletto

© Wilfried Hösl
Verdi: Rigoletto
Keri-Lynn Wilson; Árpád Schilling; Bavarian State Opera; Márton Ágh; Željko Lučić; Sofia Fomina
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A monolithic Nabucco at Dutch National Opera

George Petean (Nabucco) © Martin Walz
A promising cast on paper is scuppered by a banal, monotonous production and uninspired conducting.
**111
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Fiery, formidable Boris Godunov at the Concertgebouw

Pablo Heras-Casado © Fernando Sancho
This year’s NTR ZaterdagMatinee concert series in Amsterdam kicked off with a Boris Godunov that left nothing to be desired.
*****
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Francesca da Rimini returns to La Scala

Maria José Siri (Francesca) and Marcelo Puente (Paolo) © Brescia & Amisano | Teatro alla Scala
The use in the score of ancient musical instruments is what differentiates this work: pifferi, a lute, a “viola pomposa” give this work a distinctive flavour.
****1
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La Damnation de Faust on autopilot in Auckland

Alisa Kolosova © Todd Rosenberg
Edo de Waart opted frequently for slow, steady tempi that robbed the music of a lot of its inner vitality.
**111
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Minimalist Onegin on the Lyric Opera stage

Mariusz Kwiecień (Onegin) and Ana María Martínez (Tatyana) © Todd Rosenberg
The finale was the dramatic and musical high of the night, when both Ana María Martínez and Mariusz Kwiecień let themselves cut loose, laying waste to the bare stage.
***11
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Prom 74: An intense Verdi Requiem

In the penultimate concert of the 2016 Proms, Marin Alsop drew together some impressive forces for Verdi's Requiem, led by the remarkable soprano Tamara Wilson.
****1
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