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A good Madama Butterfly from Hui He at The Met

Hui He (Cio-Cio-San) © Richard Termine | Met Opera
Anthony Minghella's production remains a feast for the eyes, but this performance failed to gel into a dramatic whole. 
***11
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“Endless pleasure” in Bicket's Semele at Carnegie Hall

Brenda Rae and Benjamin Hulett © Steve J. Sherman
A concert performance of Handel's not-quite-an-opera proves a hit on tour in New York. 
*****
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Technicolor Clemenza at LA Opera

Russell Thomas (Tito) © Cory Weaver | LA Opera
Any parallels between Rome in the first century under Emperor Titus and the United States two millennia later under Emperor Trump were lost in a Tinseltown graphic novel sweep.
***11
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Saluti da Roma as Pappano conducts Bernstein and Mahler

Sir Antonio Pappano conducts the Orchestra dell'Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia © BBC | Chris Christodoulou
Sir Antonio Pappano and his Santa Cecilia Orchestra display their collective strengths in first symphonies by Bernstein and Mahler.
****1
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Tears on the picnic lawn: Madama Butterfly at Glyndebourne

Olga Busuioc (Cio-Cio San) © Robbie Jack
After dipping its toe in the cherry blossom for Glyndebourne's Tour in 2016, Annilese Miskimmon's staging of Puccini's gut-wrencher hits the main festival.
***11
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A gaudy stand-and-sing Semiramide at the Met

Angela Meade (Semiramide) © Ken Howard | Metropolitan Opera
Despite a great cast, the Metropolitan Opera's revival of Semiramide bores with tacky costumes and no direction.
**111
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