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Performer: Juan Francisco Gatell

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ValenciaFalstaff

Verdi: Falstaff
James Gaffigan; Mario Martone; Palau de Les Arts Reina Sofia; Margherita Palli; Ursula Patzak; Ambrogio Maestri; Ainhoa Arteta
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MadridAVAILABLE IN SPAIN ONLY: Così fan tutte

AVAILABLE IN SPAIN ONLY: Così fan tutte
Mozart: Così fan tutte
Sylvain Cambreling; Michael Haneke; Teatro Real; Christoph Kanter; Moidele Bickel; Anett Fritsch; Paola Gardina

RomeIl viaggio a Reims

Rossini: Il viaggio a Reims
Stefano Montanari; Damiano Michieletto; Teatro dell'Opera di Roma; Paolo Fantin; Carla Teti; Mariangela Sicilia; Anna Goryachova
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Embracing the unfinished: a compelling Zaide in Rome

Juan Francisco Gatell (Gomatz) and Chen Reiss (Zaide) © Yasuko Kageyama
Graham Vick's new staging of Mozart's unfinished Singspiel marks a welcome, exciting reopening of Teatro Costanzi after the Covid-19 shutdown.
****1
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The beginnings of a genius: Demetrio e Polibio

Juan Francisco Gatell (Demetrio) © Studio Amati Bacciardi
ROF presents the first, immature effort of the composer in the successful production by Davide Livermore, with a solid cast led by Jessica Pratt.
***11
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A second chance for a teenager Mozart in Venice

Il re pastore at the Teatro La Fenice in Venice © Michele Crosera
Il re pastore seems to be a work that deserves to be included in the repertoire for its undoubted qualities and not only because it foreshadows the genius of the works that will follow.
***11
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Dutch National Opera successfully resurrects La morte d’Orfeo

Kacper Szelążek (Bacco) © Ruth Walz
In a successfully streamlined staging, Stefano Landi’s obscure, overpopulated opera got the royal treatment by a superior cast and orchestra.
****1
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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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