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Performer: Coro di Teatro Comunale di Bologna

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BolognaOtelloNew production

Verdi: Otello
Asher Fisch; Gabriele Lavia; Teatro Comunale di Bologna; Alessandro Camera; Andrea Viotti; Gregory Kunde; Roberto Aronica

BolognaLa bohème

Puccini: La bohème
Francesco Ivan Ciampa; Graham Vick; Teatro Comunale di Bologna; Richard Hudson; Ramë Lahaj; Francesco Castoro

BolognaLa bohème

Puccini: La bohème
Francesco Ivan Ciampa; Graham Vick; Teatro Comunale di Bologna; Benedetta Torre; Karen Gardeazabal; Ramë Lahaj; Francesco Castoro
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PesaroArmida

Rossini: Armida
Carlo Rizzi; Luca Ronconi; Rossini Opera Festival; Margherita Palli; Giovanna Buzzi; Randall Bills

BolognaOtelloNew production

Verdi: Otello
Asher Fisch; Gabriele Lavia; Teatro Comunale di Bologna; Alessandro Camera; Andrea Viotti; Gregory Kunde; Mariangela Sicilia
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Wilson's lunar Trouvère the antithesis of grand opéra

Nino Surguladze (Azucena) © Lucie Jansch
When they asked Wilson to stage an opera by Verdi, the Texan director replied "I'll never do it!". Now he is at his fourth Verdi's production.
***11
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Vick and Mariotti refresh Bohème in Bologna

Alessandra Marianelli (Mimì) and Matteo Lippi (Rodolfo) © Rocco Casaluci
Vick enjoys working with young singers, and in with the young second cast he is spoiled.
*****
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Nothing short of a coup: Stiffelio at the Verdi Festival, Parma

Luciano Ganci (Stiffelio) © Roberto Ricci
Without recourse to virtual reality or hallucinogens, Vick has created a suggestive, vividly surreal world where one's reference points are lost to the wind.
*****
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A new critical edition of Le Siège de Corinthe

Luca Pisaroni (Mahomet II) and Nino Machaidze (Pamyra) © Amati Bacciardi
Roberto Abbado leads a strong cast in an inspired production by La Fura del Baus.
****1
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A frivolous La pietra del paragone in Pesaro

Aya Wakizono (Clarice) © Amati Bacciardi
The young tenor Maxim Mironov, who played the poet Giocondo, was the name on everyone's lips by the end of the show. His voice is a modestly-sized and soft-grained, but it is beautifully produced, and focuses to a laser-like point up top.
****1
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Bologna's Teatro Comunale scores a slam dunk

Ian Storey (Peter Grimes) © Rocco Casaluci
The Comunale had teamed up with Bologna's basketball team Virtus to create a 50%-off ticket deal aimed at drawing new audiences. The subject matter of this opera might not seem the most immediately accessible, but this was playing to capture the imaginations of opera newbies.
****1
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