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Performer: Gabriele Sagona

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Tradition triumphs at La Scala

Anna Netrebko (Maddalena) and Yusif Eyvazov (Andrea Chénier) © Brescia/Amisano | Teatro alla Scala
The big season opener at La Scala offers few surprises in a traditional staging, although Yusif Eyvazov proved his worth in the title role. 
***11
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Verdi's last opera nostalgically staged

Ambrogio Maestri (Falstaff) © Marco Brescia & Rudy Amisano | Teatro alla Scala
The 2013 Salzburg production of Damiano Michieletto's Falstaff finally arrives in Milan where the director sets the opera in “Casa Verdi”, the Milanese residence for elderly singers and musicians.
****1
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Tears of blood among the cherry blossoms

A beautiful production by Alvis Hermanis of Madama Butterfly to open La Scala's new season, but it was Riccardo Chailly's presentation of Puccini's original 1904 score which caught the ear. 
****1
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An urban portrait of modern Paris

After 120 years Puccini's La bohème returns where it was first produced on February 1, 1896. Ale Ollé, director fron "La Fura dels Baus" stages a modern rendition of the moving masterpiece.
***11
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A busted straight: La Scala's La fanciulla del West

La Scala might not have had all the right cards in its garter Tuesday night to prevent ending up holding aces and spaces, but it’s hard to play without a full deck in the first place.
****1
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A director's Falstaff in Naples

Good overall singing, but the Steinberg's conducting was completely subordinate to the stage directions.
***11
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