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Performer: Francesco Meli

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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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A triumphant Aida in concert at La Scala to defy the pandemic

Saioa Hernández © Marco Brescia & Rudy Amisano | Teatro alla Scala
Riccardo Chailly leads a splendid cast in Verdi’s masterpiece as La Scala leads the way in these troubled times, when the opera world is so volatile and fragile, by focusing on the music, holding onto artistic values. 
*****
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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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