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Performer: Ismael Jordi

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SevilleAndalucian Belcanto

© F. J. Gómez Pinteño
Turina, Barrios
Rubén Fernández Aguirre; Ismael Jordi; Mariola Cantarero
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La traviata in the Belle Époque

This revival of a 2012 staging by Ferzan Ozpetek tells the story efficiently, while conductor Nello Santi only at times made us experience all the emotional depths this opera contains.
***11
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Marina Rebeka: a Violetta in robust health

Any revival of La traviata stands or falls by its principals and their ability to inhabit the roles rather than merely sing them prettily. A good revival director helps. 
***11
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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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Dutch National Opera's Lucia di Lammermoor a bel canto treat

Gaetano Donizetti’s Lucia di Lammermoor is a coloratura soprano vehicle and this season’s Dutch National Opera production felicitously starred Jessica Pratt, an internationally celebrated Lucia and a favourite of the Italian public.
****1
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Doña Francisquita o Regreso al futuro

Sabina Puértolas (Francisquita) e Ismael Jordi (Fernando) © Javier del Real | Teatro de la Zarzuela
El Teatro de la Zarzuela ha proyectado una arriesgada versión de Doña Francisquita en la que han destacado los protagonistas Ismael Jordi y Sábina Puértolas, con el permiso de la veterana Lucero Tena, que ha encandilado al público con su presencia y sus castañuelas en el fandango del tercer acto.
***11
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