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Performer: Costantino Finucci

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Francesca da Rimini returns to La Scala

Maria José Siri (Francesca) and Marcelo Puente (Paolo) © Brescia & Amisano | Teatro alla Scala
The use in the score of ancient musical instruments is what differentiates this work: pifferi, a lute, a “viola pomposa” give this work a distinctive flavour.
****1
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Tradition triumphs at La Scala

Anna Netrebko (Maddalena) and Yusif Eyvazov (Andrea Chénier) © Brescia/Amisano | Teatro alla Scala
The big season opener at La Scala offers few surprises in a traditional staging, although Yusif Eyvazov proved his worth in the title role. 
***11
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Netrebko returns to La traviata at La Scala

Anna Netrebko takes her curtain call at La Scala © Marco Brescia & Rudy Amisano | Teatro alla Scala
Netrebko's Violetta is now fuller in body and voice than in her former incarnation. Goodbye to the fresh-faced damsel we saw in Salzburg; hello to a larger-than-life courtesan in her twilight years.
*****
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Tears of blood among the cherry blossoms

A beautiful production by Alvis Hermanis of Madama Butterfly to open La Scala's new season, but it was Riccardo Chailly's presentation of Puccini's original 1904 score which caught the ear. 
****1
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A busted straight: La Scala's La fanciulla del West

La Scala might not have had all the right cards in its garter Tuesday night to prevent ending up holding aces and spaces, but it’s hard to play without a full deck in the first place.
****1
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