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Performer: Franco Fagioli

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AmsterdamFranco Fagioli and Max Emanuel Cenčić in Porpora's Carlo il CalvoConcert Performance

Het Concertgebouw
Porpora: Carlo il Calvo
George Petrou; Franco Fagioli; Hasnaa Bennani; Suzanne Jérosme; Nian Wang
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Political power games in Kosky's Agrippina at Covent Garden

Joyce DiDonato (Agrippina) © ROH | Bill Cooper
An over-directed, but vivid staging demonstrating political rise and fall in Ancient Rome transported to the present day.
***11
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Handel's Agrippina sparkles at the Barbican

Joyce DiDonato (Agrippina) © Richard Young
The biting wit of Vincenzo Grimani's libretto is well served by some knockout arias and excellent performances from a strong cast and the matchless Il pomo d'oro.
****1
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Handel's Serse – the Vegas version – in Karlsruhe

Yang Xu (Elviro), Max Emanuel Cencic (Arsamene) and Franco Fagioli (Serse) © Falk von Traubenberg
The problem with on-stage vulgarity is that, while it might be sophisticated and knowing satire, it ends by being what it is parodying.
***11
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A Serse like no other from Il pomo d'oro

Maxim Emelyanychev © Jean-Baptiste Millot
A star cast and red-hot conducting make for a memorable night at the Barbican.
*****
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Christof Loy’s Alcina still bewitches in Hamburg

Agneta Eichenholz (Alcina), Narea Son (Oberto) and Franco Fagioli (Ruggiero) © Hans Jörg Michel
The 2002 production of Handel’s masterpiece is revived with a solid cast under the baton of Riccardo Minasi.
****1
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