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Performer: Elena Maximova

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ParisAnna Netrebko sings Lieder & Arias

Rachmaninov, Rimsky-Korsakov, Tchaikovsky, Bridge, Debussy, Dvořák, Fauré, Leoncavallo, Strauss R., Charpentier, Moore, Offenbach
Anna Netrebko; Elena Maximova; Giovanni Andrea Zanon; Malcolm Martineau

BerlinRigoletto

Verdi: Rigoletto
Karel Mark Chichon; Bartlett Sher; Staatsoper Berlin; Michael Yeargan; Catherine Zuber; Luca Salsi; Irina Lungu
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Tchaikovsky’s tale of dark obsession sparkles with notable Met debuts

Igor Golovatenko (Yeletsky) and Lise Davidsen (Lise) © Ken Howard | Met Opera
The young soprano Lise Davidsen scored a successful debut at the Met, with impressive support by conductor Vasily Petrenko, also making a debut, led a memorable revival of Pique Dame
****1
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Hidden identities, crime and shame: Homoki's Forza returns to Zurich

George Petean (Don Carlo) © Monika Rittershaus (2018)

This year’s revival of Andreas Homoki's production features excellent principals, choruses, and sublime orchestration under Fabio Luisi’s seasoned baton. The staging takes far fewer accolades.
***11
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Polished but cool: Rigoletto at Staatsoper Berlin

Rigoletto at Staatsoper Berlin © Brinkhoff Mögenburg
Nadine Sierra's Gilda is the highlight of Michael Sher's polished production, which doesn't quite tug at the heartstrings.
***11
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Intense role debut from Michael Fabiano as Werther in Sydney

Michael Fabiano (Werther) © Prudence Upton
The real triumph of Michael Fabiano's role debut as Werther lay in controlling the bold intensity of his voice in favour of a sweet and lower-key level of passion – a match for Massenet's frequent choice of the cello.
****1
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Enter the madman: Massenet’s Don Quichotte in Sydney

Ferruccio Furlanetto (Don Quichotte) © Ken Howard | San Diego Opera
Massanet’s Don Quichotte is mounted by Opera Australia, in a production which creaks but is held together by fine singing from Ferruccio Furlanetto and Warwick Fyfe.
***11
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