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Performer: Anne-Sophie Duprels

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The resurrection of an opera: Alfano's Risurrezione in Florence

Risurrezione is a work whose value is to be found more in the orchestra than in the vocal lines, a peculiar thing for an Italian opera belonging to an epoch that gloried in enticing melodies.
***11
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Un ballo in maschera showcases Opera Holland Park at its best

Gaitanou’s direction of the singers is so exact that it becomes impossible to separate them from their characters.
*****
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Mascagni's Isabeau at Opera Holland Park

An embarrassingly trite libretto proves unsalvageable, even with a committed cast of singers.
*1111
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More than a tear-jerker with a social conscience

A convincing revival for Opera North's Madama Butterfly at Leeds Grand Theatre directed by Tim Albery and conducted by Martin Pickard.
****1
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Franco Alfano's Risurrezione brought to life

Franco Alfano’s name is inextricably linked to that of Puccini, as he’s mostly remembered for completing the unfinished score of Turandot, and has overshadowed his own operas. 
****1
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Verismo with a capital V: Zazà at Opera Holland Park

A convincing outing for Leoncavallo's rarely performed tale of adultery, populated by characters who are flesh and blood and are immediately recognisable today.
****1
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