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Performer: Claudio Sgura

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ParisAidaNew production

Verdi: Aida
Michele Mariotti; Lotte de Beer; Opéra national de Paris; Christof Hetzer; Jorine van Beek; Elīna Garanča; Ksenia Dudnikova
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The stars shine in Naples in San Carlo's concert Cav

Elīna Garanča © Luciano Romano
What do you do when your planned season opener bites the dust? Fly in the stars and put on a concert performance of a verismo favourite. 
****1
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Everyone returns victorious in San Carlo's Aida

Anita Rachvelishvili (Amneris) and Jonas Kaufmann (Radamès) © Francesco Squeglia
With their second open-air concert performance, Teatro di San Carlo scores another hit.
****1
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“Esultate!” Otello a musical triumph in Munich

Anja Harteros (Desdemona) and Jonas Kaufmann (Otello) © Wilfried Hösl (2018)
Jonas Kaufmann and Anja Harteros, the “Royal couple” of the Bayerische Staatsoper, enchant and melt hearts as the doomed lovers in Verdi’s late masterpiece.
****1
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La fanciulla walks wistfully into the Naples sunset

Claudio Sgura (Jack Rance) © Luciano Romano
A movie-like staging for Puccini's most original opera at the Teatro San Carlo.
****1
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Bieito's Tosca: A web of white packing tape

Claudio Sgura (Scarpia) © Erik Berg
Calixto Bieito's Tosca, despite an intriguingly modern setting, fails to make sparks fly.
***11
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An emotional Lucia di Lammermooor in Naples

Maria Grazia Schiavo (Lucia) and Saimir Pirgu (Edgardo) © Teatro di San Carlo | Luciano Romano
This production at the San Carlo was an excellent, emotional Lucia di Lammermoor, welcomed with empathy by the audience, like an old companion. 
*****
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