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Performer: Carlo Bosi

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MunichMadama Butterfly

© Wilfried Hösl
Puccini: Madama Butterfly
Daniele Callegari; Wolf Busse; Bavarian State Opera; Otto Stich; Silvia Strahammer; Aleksandra Kurzak; Roberto Alagna

ParisTosca

Puccini: Tosca
Giacomo Sagripanti; Pierre Audi; Opéra national de Paris; Dan Ettinger; Christof Hetzer; Robby Duiveman; Aleksandra Kurzak
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Scarpia stabbed, Tosca smothered by Livermore’s La Scala staging

Anna Netrebko (Tosca) © Marco Brescia & Rudy Amisano | Teatro alla Scala
Anna Netrebko chews the scenery as Floria Tosca… and there’s a lot of it to get her teeth into in David Livermore’s busy staging in Milan.
***11
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Christine Goerke and The Met Chorus dominate Turandot

Christine Goerke (Turandot) © Marty Sohl | Met Opera
Christine Goerke gives a thrillingly fleshed-out performance as the princess Turandot that is everything one wants opera to be.
****1
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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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Roberto Alagna brings up his century at The Royal Opera

Roberto Alagna (Andrea Chénier) © ROH | Catherine Ashmore
The French-Sicilian tenor shines in Sir David's McVicar's pristine take on Umberto Giordano's slice of verismo. 
***11
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La forza dei Cristofori: Loy and Maltman raise hell

Yusuf Eyvasov (Don Alvaro) © ROH | Bill Cooper
Short of the three lead stars of its opening, The Royal Opera's La forza del destino remains a thrilling evening, powered by Christof Loy's interesting staging and virile singing from Christopher Maltman.
****1
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