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Performer: Željko Lučić

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ParisAdriana Lecouvreur

Cilea: Adriana Lecouvreur
Giacomo Sagripanti; Sir David McVicar; Opéra national de Paris; Charles Edwards; Brigitte Reiffenstuel; Anna Netrebko; Elena Stikhina

ParisRigoletto

Verdi: Rigoletto
Speranza Scappucci; Claus Guth; Opéra national de Paris; Christian Schmidt; Željko Lučić; Elsa Dreisig
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Yoncheva and Dudamel shine in a blazing Otello at the Met

Sonya Yoncheva (Desdemona) © Ken Howard | Metropolitan Opera
When it comes to the title role, Bartlett Sher's non-interventionist production misses the core of the character. 
****1
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Eyvazov shines in Met's Fanciulla

Eva-Maria Westbroek (Minnie) and Yusif Eyvazov (Dick Johnson) © Ken Howard | Metropolitan Opera
The audience for The Met's first performance of La fanciulla del West this season arrived loaded for bear. Not only were they disappointed that Jonas Kaufmann was not singing (he's slated for shows starting 17th October), but their disappointment was heightened by the fact that tenor Yusif Eyvazov was singing.
*****
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Masterfully villainous: Netrebko and Lučić in Macbeth

Željko Lučić (Macbeth) and Anna Netrebko (Lady Macbeth) © ROH | Bill Cooper
The Royal Opera's revival of Phyllida Lloyd's production is marked by two outstanding Verdian singers and a superb rendering of the score from Pappano and the ROH Orchestra.
****1
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Beautiful singing, realistic staging

Sonya Yoncheva (Tosca) and Željko Lučić (Scarpia) © Ken Howard | Metropolitan Opera
A decision to offer traditional stagings for standard repertoire may be a dangerous path to tread for the Met's future.
****1
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Big on decibels, short on detail

Wolfgang Ablinger-Sperrhacke (Herod) and Gun-Brit Barkmin (Salome) © Wiener Staatsoper GmbH | Michael Pöhn
Gun-Brit Barkmin’s Salome was neither sexy, salacious, psycho-erotic nor particularly well sung.
***11
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