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Performer: Željko Lučić

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VeronaLa Traviata

Fondazione Arena di Verona
Verdi: La traviata
Francesco Ivan Ciampa; Ailyn Pérez; Lisette Oropesa; Sonya Yoncheva; Aida Garifullina
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Yoncheva and Dudamel shine in a blazing Otello at the Met

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

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

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

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

Gun-Brit Barkmin’s Salome was neither sexy, salacious, psycho-erotic nor particularly well sung.
***11
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Met hits the jackpot with revival of its Vegas Rigoletto

The gambling tables and neon lights of Las Vegas might not be the images which immediately enter your head when you think of Verdi’s Rigoletto, but bold art is often created and progressed by the pushing of boundaries and by challenging audiences to reimagine the familiar.
****1
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