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Puccini: Tosca
Sir Antonio Pappano; Jonathan Kent; The Royal Opera; Paul Brown; Anna Netrebko; Brian Jagde
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“Ecco un artista!”: melodrama aplenty in ROH Tosca revival

Kristine Opolais (Tosca) and Bryn Terfel (Scarpia) © ROH | Catherine Ashmore
Red-blooded performances from the three principals at Covent Garden, even if there are vocal misfires along the way. 
***11
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Ballo II, the American cut: an indigestible staging at WNO

Gwyn Hughes Jones (Riccardo) and Mary Elizabeth Williams (Amelia) © Bill Cooper
Musically, WNO gets it right. Straightforward brilliance is the order of the day, and plenty of it.
***11
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Opera North’s Salome is still enticingly outrageous today

Jennifer Holloway Salome and Oliver Johnston (Narraboth) © Robert Workman
Opera North's Salome, conducted by Sir Richard Armstrong at Leeds Town Hall, caught the seductive frenzy of the opera.
****1
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Tosca at ROH: promise as yet unfulfilled

Gerald Finley (Scarpia), Adrienne Pieczonka (Tosca) © ROH | Catherine Ashmore
The ninth revival of Jonathan Kent’s production features a great Act 1 and enjoyable Covent Garden role debuts for the three top singers, but misses the mark on the set pieces.
***11
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Herheim’s lavish Vêpres siciliennes returns

Michael Volle (Montfort) and Bryan Hymel (Henri) © ROH | Bill Cooper
A mural depicting Etna erupting is the only hint of Sicily in Stefan Herheim’s opulent staging, returning to Covent Garden for the first time since the Royal Opera’s Verdi bicentenary celebrations in 2013. 
****1
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