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Performer: Bruno de Simone

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LiègeLa Cenerentola

La Cenerentola
Rossini: La Cenerentola (Cinderella)
Speranza Scappucci; Cécile Roussat; Opéra Royal de Wallonie-Liège; Karine Deshayes; Levy Sekgapane
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Ruth Berghaus’ timeless Barbiere still charms at Unter den Linden

Jennifer Rivera (Rosina) and Colin Lee (Almaviva) © Monika Rittershaus (2010)
Marianne Crebassa and Maxim Mironov shine in a revival of Rossini’s masterpiece, for an evening of great fun.
***11
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A fantastic folle journée at Teatro di San Carlo

Bruno de Simone (Beaupertuis), Zuzana Marková	 (Elena) and Pietro Adaini (Fadinard) © Francesco Squeglia
A fresh, gleaming production of director Elena Barbalich, with as much vaudeville as possible
*****
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Grace and delirium: Michieletto's Viaggio lands in Rome

© Clärchen & Matthias Baus | Dutch National Opera (2015)
Lord Sidney's contemplation of the insanity of the world seems to be the impetus for this delirious production. So endless is its stream of gags that to attend this show is to be left feeling exhausted.
****1
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Jesting aside: La Scala revives Giordano's La cena delle beffe

Kristin Lewis (Ginevra) © Marco Brescia & Rudy Amisano | Teatro alla Scala
A revival of a verismo rarity: Umberto Giordano's La cene delle beffe at La Scala. 
****1
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Dusting down Il viaggio a Reims

Director Michieletto’s playful staging, Stefano Montanari’s expressive conducting and stylish singing from a cast of seasoned Rossinian singers make for a thoroughly enjoyable new production of the too rare Il viaggio a Reims at the Dutch National Opera.
****1
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