Performer: Ben Baur

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GrazIl trovatoreNew Production

Verdi: Il trovatore
Andrea Sanguineti; Ben Baur; Oper Graz; Robin Engelen; Uta Meenen; Rodion Pogossov
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Effervescent music, unrelenting activity: Haydn’s Orlando Paladino in Zurich

Joseph Haydn’s opera Orlando Paladino was once cited as “a mixed salad of madness, mayhem and true love”. A recent revival in Zurich supports that assessment.
***11
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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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DNO’s splendid Rosenkavalier

Dutch National Opera have given themselves and their patrons a smashing 50th birthday present – a production of Der Rosenkavalier that is a winner on all fronts.
*****
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La Verità in Cimento in Zurich: On the Heels of a Baby-Swap

Seldom performed, this Vivaldi work plays on all the great themes of opera: jealousy, identity, paternal and fraternal love, and other human values cast aside for all the wrong reasons.
****1
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Glitter and black ostrich feathers prevail in WNO's Nabucco

Rudolf Frey's production of Nabucco for Welsh National Opera undercuts the solemnity and beauty of the opera, detracting from some fine performances. 
***11
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