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Performer: Francesco Meli

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MilanErnaniNew Production

Francesco Meli (Ernani and Ailyn Pérez (Elvira) © Marco Brescia & Rudy Amisano | Teatro alla Scala
Verdi: Ernani
Ádám Fischer; Sven-Eric Bechtolf; Teatro alla Scala; Julian Crouch; Kevin Pollard; Francesco Meli; Ailyn Pérez

MilanLa traviata

Verdi: La traviata
Myung-whun Chung; Liliana Cavani; Teatro alla Scala; Dante Ferretti; Gabriella Pescucci; Marina Rebeka; Sonya Yoncheva

ViennaL'elisir d'amore

Donizetti: L'elisir d'amore
Marco Armiliato; Otto Schenk; Vienna State Opera; Jürgen Rose; Andrea Carroll; Francesco Meli

ViennaSimon Boccanegra

Verdi: Simon Boccanegra
Philippe Auguin; Peter Stein; Vienna State Opera; Stefan Mayer; Moidele Bickel; Plácido Domingo; Kwangchul Youn

MadridIl trovatore

Il trovatore
Verdi: Il trovatore
Maurizio Benini; Francisco Negrin; Teatro Real; Louis Désiré; Bruno Poet; Ludovic Tézier; Artur Ruciński
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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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La Gioconda in Modena

Saioa Hernández (La Gioconda) and Anna Maria Chiuri (Laura) © Rolando Paolo Guerzoni
Every time Ponchielli’s La Gioconda is staged its popular fortune is renewed, but the diffidence of the musicography also remains unchanged.
***11
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Kosky's Carmen fails to light fires

Jacquelyn Stucker (Frasquita), Anna Goryachova (Carmen) and Aigul Akhmetashina (Mercédès) © ROH | Bill Cooper
Interesting ideas and a brilliant orchestral performance aren't enough to overcome a visually dull staging, predictable choreography and a lack of chemistry between the protagonists.
**111
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Netrebko triumphs as Aida

Anna Netrebko (Aida) © Salzburger Festspiele | Monika Rittershaus
Muti's reading of the score is extraordinary, both for its sophistication and originality.
****1
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