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LeipzigCarmen

© Tom Schulze
Bizet: Carmen
Matthias Foremny; Lindy Hume; Oper Leipzig; Dan Potra; Kathrin Göring; Sébastien Guèze
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Puccini's La rondine is back in her nest in Naples

Ailyn Pérez © Luciano Romano
One of Puccini's less renowned works returns to the Teatro San Carlo after over thirty years away.
****1
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An electrifying Carmen from Oper Leipzig

Leonardo Caimi (Don José) and Kathrin Göring (Carmen) © Kirsten Nijhof
With an excellent cast and sumptuous orchestral playing, Oper Leipzig delivers a vivid evening of enjoyment.
****1
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Twist of Fate: Gerzmava shines in botched Zurich Forza

Christof Fischesser, George Petean (Carlo), Hibla Gerzmava (Leonora) and Marcelo Puente (Alvaro) © Monika Rittershaus
Musically, a rewarding Forza, but Homoki's staging is best forgotten.
***11
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An Old School Boccanegra in Naples

Ambrogio Maestri (Simon Boccanegra) © Luciano Romano
A production which did not make a strong impression in Naples, despite a first rate cast. 
***11
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Intensity-laden La voix-Cav diptych in Bologna

Anna Caterina Antonacci (Elle) © Rosso Casaluci
One wonders why Emma Dante's concept, which explores the plight of women crushed by romantic catastrophes, is not done more often.
*****
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Devil in the detail: Gounod's Faust in Stuttgart

A thrilling new staging of Gounod's opera from the team that brought Bayreuth its current Ring, with musical rewards to match.
*****
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