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Performer: Francesco Meli

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MilanAida

Verdi: Aida
Riccardo Chailly; Teatro alla Scala; Anita Rachvelishvili; Francesco Meli; Luca Salsi; Saioa Hernández

TokyoGiacomo Puccini: Tosca

Giacomo Puccini: Tosca
Puccini: Tosca
Daniele Callegari; Antonello Madau-Diaz; New National Theatre; Naoji Kawaguchi; Pier Luciano Cavallotti; Chiara Isotton; Francesco Meli
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Scarpia stabbed, Tosca smothered by Livermore’s La Scala staging

Anna Netrebko (Tosca) © Marco Brescia & Rudy Amisano | Teatro alla Scala
Anna Netrebko chews the scenery as Floria Tosca… and there’s a lot of it to get her teeth into in David Livermore’s busy staging in Milan.
***11
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In memoriam: Verdi's Requiem in Salzburg

Riccardo Muti © Salzburg Festival | Marco Borrelli
Riccardo Muti conducted a stirring performance of Verdi's Requiem to mark the 30th anniversary of Karajan's death.
****1
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Political intrigues at the Royal Opera as Boccanegra returns

Carlos Álvarez (Boccanegra) © ROH | Clive Barda
An impressively cast revival for Verdi's one-time neglected masterpiece at Covent Garden.
****1
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Codes of honour trip up Bechtolf's Ernani at La Scala

Francesco Meli (Ernani and Ailyn Pérez (Elvira) © Marco Brescia & Rudy Amisano | Teatro alla Scala
Verdi's fifth opera can be considered a blueprint for Trovatore and deserves a more regular place in the repertoire, but it needs more sincere advocacy than Bechtolf is prepared to grant.
***11
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Riccardo Muti conducts a majestic Macbeth in Ravenna

Riccardo Muti conducting the Orchestra del Maggio Musicale Fiorentino © Silvia Lelli
Muti unlocks the immense dramatic potential of Verdi's revolutionary score, providing a wealth of colour and detail capable of conjuring mysterious Shakespearean worlds with no need for staging.
*****
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