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Performer: Giorgio Caoduro

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WNO tackles Vêpres but the vocal fireworks fail to ignite

Marine Tournet (dancer) and Giorgio Caoduro (Montfort) © Johan Persson
David Pountney completes his “Verdi trilogy” for the company but although his staging has fluidity, it lacks an explosive ending... and the vocal performances disappoint. 
***11
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Mellifluous frivolity in OA's production of Il viaggio a Reims

Sian Sharp (Marchesa Melibea) and Shanul Sharma (Conte di Libenskof) © Prudence Upton
Rossini's opera is all about art and art lovers in this production by Damiano Michieletto.
***11
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“Once upon a time”: Rossini's Cinderella in Cardiff

Tara Erraught (Angelina) © Jane Hobson
Delights both sugary and strange in this revival of La Cenerentola by Welsh National Opera.
****1
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Mad scenes in Sydney for Jessica Pratt’s Lucia

Jessica Pratt (Lucia) and ensemble © Prudence Upton
With her signature role’s coloratura fireworks and dramatic nuance, Jessica Pratt’s Sydney Opera House debut is one to remember.
*****
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Rare Donizetti opera buffa revived in Bergamo

Il borgomastro di Saardam © Gianfranco Rota
Absent from theatres for more than a century and a half, Donizetti's comedy about Tsar Peter the Great is revived in the composer's home town.
****1
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A melancholy Falstaff at the Verdi Festival in Parma

Roberto de Candia (Falstaff) and Sonia Prina (Mistress Quickly) © Roberto Ricci
Not a particularly revealing Falstaff, but a pleasing performance though. Maybe one would have expected something of greater impact from a festival like this one, but that goal had already accomplished by Graham Vick with his Stiffelio the night before...
***11
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