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Performer: Julien Dran

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ParisAdriana Lecouvreur

Cilea: Adriana Lecouvreur
Giacomo Sagripanti; Sir David McVicar; Opéra national de Paris; Charles Edwards; Brigitte Reiffenstuel; Anna Netrebko; Elena Stikhina
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Gold-plated cast compensates for frosty staging

Elīna Garanča (Eboli) © Agathe Poupeney | Opéra de Paris
Krzysztof Warlikowski’s new Paris staging of Verdi's epic Don Carlos is cold and glassy, but the vocal performances at the Bastille more than compensate.
***11
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Spontini's La vestale

Despite its failings, La Monnaie turn Gaspare Spontini's 1805 La vestale into a fascinating evening's opera.
****1
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Il trovatore at Chorégies d'Orange

Les Chorégies d'Orange present a new production of Verdi's Il trovatore with mixed results.
***11
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Chung and Alagna outstanding in Otello at Orange

From Otello's opening thunderstorm, Myung Whun Chung and the Orchestre Philharmonique de France leave us gasping, while Alagna turns in a magnetic performance in the title role.
****1
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The LSO opens the season with a thrilling performance of Verdi's Rigoletto

Capitalising on their success with Verdi’s opera Rigoletto during the Aix-en-Provence Festival in the summer, the London Symphony Orchestra and conductor Gianandrea Noseda chose to open the 2013/14 season last night with the same work.
****1
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