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Performer: Ji-Min Park

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Verdi: La traviata
Andrea Licata; Elijah Moshinsky; Opera Australia; Michael Yeargan; Peter J. Hall; Nicole Car; Stacey Alleaume
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La Traviata at the Grand Theatre, Leeds

ji-Min Park and Hye-Youn Lee in La Traviata © Richard H Smith
Opera North's La Traviata at the Grand Theatre, Leeds, makes an excellent start to Opera North's new season.
****1
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Sensational Rosenkavalier in Birmingham

Soile Isokoski © Intermusica
A superb concert performance of Der Rosenkavalier with the CBSO and Andris Nelsons receives a rapturous reception. 
*****
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Sparkling Don Pasquale at the Sydney Opera House a real treat

Rachelle Durkin as Norina & Conal Coad as Don Pasquale  ©  Branco Gaica
In a sense, the plot of Don Pasquale is timeless: it concerns an old man who comes between young lovers and meets his comeuppance.
****1
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Prom 11: Les Troyens

Eva-Maria Westbroek and Bryan Hymel as Dido and Aeneas in Berlioz's The Trojans at the BBC Proms  ©  BBC / Chris Christodoulou
David McVicar’s production of Berlioz’s opera Les Troyens at the Royal Opera House last month was notable for several reasons. Firstly, stellar vocal performances from world-class lead singers; secondly, brilliant acting; thirdly, ravishing music; and lastly, a memorable set – including a curious giant horse and human made out of what looked like scrap weapons and tools.
****1
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Jette Parker Young Artists Tenth Anniversary celebrated at ROH: Il Viaggio a Reims

Jette Parker Young Arists 10th anniversary concert, Royal Opera House; Covent Garden, 18 July 2012;  ©  Clive Barda / ArenaPAL
The Tenth Anniversary of the Royal Opera House’s Jette Parker Young Artists Scheme is a landmark of no small size. This summer performance brought back some of the best singers it has produced for a semi-staged rendition of Rossini’s one-act 1825 opera Il Viaggio a Reims. It was a celebratory display of virtuoso held together with a generous dose of self-indulgence.
****1
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