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Performer: Giancarlo del Monaco

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ValenciaCavalleria rusticana & Pagliacci

Mascagni, Leoncavallo
Jordi Bernàcer; Giancarlo del Monaco; Palau de Les Arts Reina Sofia; Johannes Leiacker; Birgit Wentsch; Sonia Ganassi; Jorge de Léon
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Eyvazov shines in Met's Fanciulla

Eva-Maria Westbroek (Minnie) and Yusif Eyvazov (Dick Johnson) © Ken Howard | Metropolitan Opera
The audience for The Met's first performance of La fanciulla del West this season arrived loaded for bear. Not only were they disappointed that Jonas Kaufmann was not singing (he's slated for shows starting 17th October), but their disappointment was heightened by the fact that tenor Yusif Eyvazov was singing.
*****
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Old guard stands up well in Met’s Simon Boccanegra

The Met brought back a 20-year-old traditional production of Simon Boccanegra with a starry cast led by James Levine.
***11
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Great singing redeems a Verdi rarity in Sydney

A relative rarity by Verdi is given an outing at the Sydney Opera House, with excellent performances let down by a disappointing staging. 
***11
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Love reigns in Zurich's Turandot

In Zurich, a dazzling production of Puccini's great Turandot gives us the stuff of torment, torture and all the other idiosyncracies of love at the executuve level.
*****
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Suspicion and terror on the throne

A rich showcase of bel canto Romantic tragedy, this renewal of the Giancarlo del Monaco production made a vehicle for insights into jealousy, conscience, and deviousness “on a Royal scale”.
****1
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Rustic chivalry and clowns in Paris: Cavalleria Rusticana and Pagliacci

​In each case, you know the murder is coming. In each case the music is explosive and closes the opera: there is nothing left to say except Canio's simple words: "La commedia è finita.
****1
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