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Performer: Elena Zilio

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FlorenceFalstaff

Verdi: Falstaff
Zubin Mehta; Luca Ronconi; Maggio Musicale Fiorentino; Tiziano Santi; Maurizio Millenotti; Ambrogio Maestri; Eva Mei

PesaroIl barbiere di Siviglia

Rossini: Il barbiere di Siviglia
Michele Spotti; Pier Luigi Pizzi; Rossini Opera Festival; Aya Wakizono; Juan Francisco Gatell
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Pagliacci/Cavalleria Rusticana sets the bar high at DNO

Cavalleria Rusticana: Rihab Chaieb (Lola) and Brian Jagde (Turiddu) © BAUS | Dutch National Opera
Exceptional singing, an auspicious conducting debut and a staging that is both sophisticated and emotionally involving make this production an unequivocal winner.
*****
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Piety and violence in San Carlo's Cavalleria rusticana

Marcelo Álvarez (Turiddu) and Violeta Urmana (Santuzza) © Luciano Romano
Notwithstanding director Pippo Delbono's narcissistic excesses, his staging confirmed itself as effective and penetrating.
****1
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Roberto Alagna brings up his century at The Royal Opera

Roberto Alagna (Andrea Chénier) © ROH | Catherine Ashmore
The French-Sicilian tenor shines in Sir David's McVicar's pristine take on Umberto Giordano's slice of verismo. 
***11
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Pier Luigi Pizzi’s Barbiere triumphs in Pesaro

Davide Luciano (Figaro) and Aya Wakizono (Rosina) © Studio Amatio Bacciardi
The Rossini Opera Festival stages a new production of the most famous of Rossini’s masterpieces to celebrate the composer in the 150th anniversary of his death.
****1
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Elena Zilio leads the verismo thrills

Elena Zilio (Mamma Lucia) and Byran Hymel (Turiddu) © ROH | Catherine Ashmore
After its Christmas break, Cavalleria rusticana and Pagliacci return to the Royal Opera in Daminano Michieletto's arresting production. 
****1
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Evil under the sun: Hymel triumphs in Cav and Pag

Simon Keenlyside (Tonio), Bryan Hymel (Canio), Carmen Giannattasio (Nedda) © ROH | Catherine Ashmore
Even stronger than first time round, Michieletto's impressive staging is complemented by an outstanding double role debut from Hymel and a heartbreaking Santuzza from Elīna Garanča.
*****
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