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Performer: Ekaterina Semenchuk

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GenevaVerdi

Verdi
Verdi: Messa da Requiem
Orchestre de la Suisse Romande; Myung-whun Chung; Zarina Abaeva; Ekaterina Semenchuk; René Barbera; Dmitry Belosselskiy

GenevaVerdi

Verdi
Verdi: Messa da Requiem
Orchestre de la Suisse Romande; Myung-whun Chung; Zarina Abaeva; Ekaterina Semenchuk; René Barbera; Dmitry Belosselskiy

ZürichDon Carlo

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Verdi: Don Carlo(s)
Sir Mark Elder; Sven-Eric Bechtolf; Zurich Opera; Rolf Glittenberg; Marianne Glittenberg; Vitalij Kowaljow; Marcelo Álvarez
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Don Carlo doesn't find his place in Madrid

Marcelo Puente (Don Carlo); Maria Agresta (Elisabetta) © Javier del Real | Teatro Real
Sir David McVicar's unassuming production fails to engage with the political side of Verdi's masterpiece, despite good conducting by Nicola Luisotti and some good singing by a solid cast. 
***11
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Gergiev conducts a grandiose Khovanshchina at La Scala

Evgenia Muraveva (Emma) and Mikhail Petrenko (Khovansky) © Marco Brescia & Rudy Amisano | Teatro alla Scala
In Khovanshchina, even more so than in Boris Godunov, the chorus is the chief protagonist and the La Scala chorus was truly astonishing.
****1
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Carthage carnage: Tcherniakov's Trojans flops at the Bastille

Stéphanie d'Oustrac (Cassandre) © Vincent Pontet | Opéra national de Paris
Tcherniakov reduces Berlioz' epic to little more than Circle Time therapy, a poor way to mark the composer's anniversary year.
**111
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A Cav & Pag with virtues and flaws at San Francisco Opera

Tango time © Cory Weaver | San Francisco Opera
Tenor-turned-director José Cura transplants the action from southern Italy to Buenos Aires. 
***11
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Alagna shines as murky Cav and exciting Pag reappear at The Met

Roberto Alagna (Canio) in Pagliacci © Ken Howard | Metropolitan Opera
David McVicar's uninspiring Cavalleria rusticana remains problematic, but a strong Pagliacci leaves the New York audience gasping. 
****1
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Metropolitan Opera pays tribute to Hvorostovsky

Soloists and Met Opera Chorus © Richard Termine | Metropolitan Opera
The Met Opera's concert performance of Verdi's Requiem was an emotional tribute to Dmitri Hvorostovsky. 
***11
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