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Performer: Giorgio Berrugi

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MilanLa bohème

Puccini: La bohème
Paolo Carignani; Franco Zeffirelli; Teatro alla Scala; Giorgio Berrugi; Charles Castronovo
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Fledermaus debuts at La Scala but misses some sparkle

Act 3, Die Fledermaus © Brescia/Amisano | Teatro alla Scala
The Temple of Opera has opened its doors to operetta. For the first time the Teatro alla Scala is staging Johann Strauss' Die Fledermaus.
***11
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Chailly conducts the Messa per Rossini at its Scala première

Riccardo Chailly © Teatro alla Scala
A sizeable contingent of curious musicologists and critics gathered for the Milan première. It was a gifted a performance with plenty of insights to offer.
****1
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Thrilling singing in Simon Boccanegra at the Concertgebouw

Conductor James Gaffigan © Daniela Kienzler
Verdi voices that make one sit up and listen made this a memorable matinee.
****1
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Stop all the clocks: Fleming's valedictory Marschallin

Matthew Rose (Baron Ochs) and Renée Fleming (The Marschallin) © ROH | Catherine Ashmore
Renée Fleming has decided the time is right to bow out gracefully from the operatic stage, choosing her signature role to bid the fondest of farewells to London.
****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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Bringing colour to a sombre tale: Simon Boccanegra

Patchy vocal offering saved by superb orchestra in Verdi's Simon Boccanegra.
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