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Performer: Carlo Rizzi

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AmsterdamNetherlands Philharmonic Orchestra: Tchaikovsky's Symphony No. 6

© Uwe Arens
Busoni, Szymanowski, Tchaikovsky
Netherlands Philharmonic Orchestra; Carlo Rizzi; Emmanuel Tjeknavorian

New York CityLa traviata

Verdi: La traviata
Carlo Rizzi; Michael Mayer; Metropolitan Opera; Christine Jones; Susan Hilferty; Ailyn Pérez; Atalla Ayan
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WNO’s Figaro revival crackles with humour and exudes joie de vivre

Soraya Mafi (Susanna) and Anita Watson (Countess) © Richard Hubert Smith
A solid Figaro in Cardiff, in which individual performances are a joy, and humour abounds. 
****1
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WNO tackles Vêpres but the vocal fireworks fail to ignite

Marine Tournet (dancer) and Giorgio Caoduro (Montfort) © Johan Persson
David Pountney completes his “Verdi trilogy” for the company but although his staging has fluidity, it lacks an explosive ending... and the vocal performances disappoint. 
***11
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Classic Robert Wilson: Turandot opens Canadian Opera Company season

Tamara Wilson (Turandot) © Michael Cooper

Director Robert Wilson and conductor Carlo Rizzi combine effectively to create a visually striking and musically memorable Turandot that emphasizes the hieratic and the mythical with a notable absence of unnecessary histrionics.

****1
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Puns, dirty jokes and bizarre misunderstandings

Teresa Iervolino (Ernestina) and Pavel Kolgatin (Ermanno) © Studio Amati Bacciardi
A new, successful production by Leiser and Caurier supports a great cast of Rossini specialists, with Teresa Iervolino, Paolo Bordogna and Davide Luciano in the lead roles.
****1
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Joyce El-Khoury shines as Donizetti's Tudor queen

Joyce El Khoury (Elisabetta) © Bill Cooper
It is a thing of wonder that Roberto Devereux is one of Donizetti’s lesser known works. Whether on account of its challenging soprano part, or its fussy Tudor setting, it is rarely performed, but contains some of the composer’s most beautiful – and indeed memorable – arias and duets.
****1
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