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Performer: Elena Maximova

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DresdenIl viaggio a Reims

Rossini: Il viaggio a Reims
Gaetano d'Espinosa; Laura Scozzi; Semperoper Dresden; Natacha Le Guen de Kerneizon; Fanny Brouste; Fabio Antoci; Sächsische Staatskapelle Dresden

BerlinIl trovatore

Verdi: Il trovatore
Axel Kober; Philipp Stölzl; Staatsoper Berlin; Conrad Moritz Reinhardt; Ursula Kudrna; Olaf Freese; Staatskapelle Berlin

ParisLa Force du destin

Verdi: La forza del destino
Jader Bignamini; Jean-Claude Auvray; Opéra national de Paris; Alain Chambon; Maria Chiara Donato; Laurent Castaingt; Orchestre de l'Opéra national de Paris
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Three card trick: La Scala’s gamble pays off in Pique Dame

Valery Gergiev finally turns up to conduct an electrifying evening, crowned by Asmik Grigorian's full throttle performance as Liza. 
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Day, night and a star diva: Anna Netrebko in recital

The Russian soprano revived her Day and Night programme for The Met Stars Live in Concert series with a recital from the Spanish Riding School in Vienna.
***11
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Tchaikovsky’s tale of dark obsession sparkles with notable Met debuts

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


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

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

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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