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Performer: Artur Ruciński

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MadridUn ballo in maschera

© Javier del Real | Teatro Real
Verdi: Un ballo in maschera
Nicola Luisotti; Gianmaria Aliverta; Teatro Real; Lorenzo Passerini; Massimo Checchetto; Carlos Tieppo; Michael Fabiano

ParisLe Trouvère

Verdi: Il trovatore
Nicola Luisotti; Àlex Ollé; Opéra national de Paris; Alfons Flores; Lluc Castells; Luca Salsi; Artur Ruciński
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Strong singing as The Met revives Massenet’s Manon

Lisette Oropesa (Manon) © Marty Sohl | Met Opera
Laurent Pelly’s darkly stylish production of Manon is revived with a strong cast of singers. In the title role, Lisette Oropesa demonstrated elegant and incisive singing, while Michael Fabiano was her virile and powerful partner.
***11
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Camarena does it again: Lucia di Lammermoor at Teatro Real

Javier Camarena (Edgardo) and Lisette Oropesa (Lucia) © Javier del Real | Teatro Real
Javier Camarena’s debut as Edgardo contributed to a triumphal night at the Teatro Real together with Lisette Oropesa’s charismatic Lucia and David Alden’s powerful staging.
****1
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La traviata at Covent Garden: imperfect but enjoyable

Sergei Romanovsky (Alfredo) and Joyce El-Khoury (Violetta) © ROH | Tristram Kenton
Richard Eyre's uncomplicated production remains as watchable as ever; Joyce El-Khoury makes a promising Covent Garden debut.
***11
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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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Philipp Stölzl's Il Trovatore has successful Wiener Festwochen test-run before travelling to Berlin

Il Trovatore has doggedly survived in opera’s hit charts despite dispensing generous quantities of hair-raising as well as eyebrow-raising content. Verdi’s music is intoxicating, of course, but there is something to this work that makes it accessible beyond reasoning.
****1
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