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Performer: Jacopo Spirei

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MacerataCarmen

Bizet: Carmen
Francesco Lanzillotta; Jacopo Spirei; Macerata Opera Festival; Mauro Tinti; Irene Roberts; Migran Agadzhanyan

NaplesErmioneNew production

Rossini: Ermione
Alessandro De Marchi; Jacopo Spirei; San Carlo Theatre; Nikolaus Webern; Carmen Giannattasio; Arianna Vendittelli; Teresa Iervolino
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Wuorinen’s Brokeback Mountain returns home to NYCO

Daniel Okulitch (Ennis Del Mar) and Glenn Seven Allen (Jack Twist) © Sarah Shatz
In the Brokeback Mountain, Wuorinen's  powerfully depicts the stern landscapes, the omnipresent menace, the desolate life of the characters and their awkward interactions.
***11
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Porpora's Mitridate at Schloss Schwetzingen

David DQ Lee (Mitridate) and Yasmin Özkan (Semandra) © Sebastian Bühler
Propora's Mitridate at Schloss Schwetzingen lacks dramatic sense (blame librettist Cibber and director Spirei). But exciting music strongly delivered makes a case for more Porpora in the repertoire.
***11
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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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Mozart's genius shines clearly in San Francisco Opera's darkly comic production of Don Giovanni

Ana Maria Martinez (Donna Elvira), Erin Wall (Donna Anna) Stanislas de Barbeyrac (Don Ottavio) © Cory Weaver/San Francisco Opera
Dangling and turning like shards of a giant overhead chandelier in Don Giovanni’s banquet hall, this is an evocative multimedia production that tantalizes the senses while shining new light on Mozart's genius. 
****1
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Mill's will get you anything – and in La cambiale di matrimonio at the Vienna Kammeroper, you can't ask for more

A father having marriage plans for his daughter of which the latter does not approve may not be the most original plot, but it has inspired operas throughout the centuries, with well-known examples being The Bartered Bride and Arabella.
****1
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