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Performer: Marcelo Álvarez

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ZürichDon Carlo

© Judith Schlosser
Verdi: Don Carlo(s)
Sir Mark Elder; Sven-Eric Bechtolf; Zurich Opera; Rolf Glittenberg; Marianne Glittenberg; Vitalij Kowaljow; Marcelo Álvarez
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New York CityIl trovatore (30th April 2011)

Verdi: Il trovatore
Marco Armiliato; Sir David McVicar; Metropolitan Opera; Sondra Radvanovsky; Dolora Zajick; Marcelo Álvarez; Dmitri Hvorostovsky
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Piety and violence in San Carlo's Cavalleria rusticana

Marcelo Álvarez (Turiddu) and Violeta Urmana (Santuzza) © Luciano Romano
Notwithstanding director Pippo Delbono's narcissistic excesses, his staging confirmed itself as effective and penetrating.
****1
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Trittico's 100th anniversary and Domingo's 50th

Plácido Domingo (Gianni Schicchi) © Ken Howard | Metropolitan Opera
All three operas in Puccini's triptych are strongly cast in this revival. 
****1
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A guilty pleasure: Zeffirelli's Aida at La Scala

Krassimira Stoyanova (Aida), Fabio Sartori (Radamès) and George Gagnidze (Amonasro) © Brescia & Amisano | Teatro alla Scala
You feel you ought not to approve of such directorial extravagance, but catch yourself being drawn into the grand pageant. 
****1
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Guanqun Yu's Liù the shining star of Turandot at The Met

Guanqun Yu (Liù) © Richard Termine | Metropolitan Opera
Amidst mixed vocal performances, competent orchestral playing and spectacular staging, Guanqun Yu took the limelight as a devout and sincere Liù.
***11
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Netrebko overcomes flawed Manon Lescaut at the Met

Anna Netrebko (Manon) © Ken Howard | Metropolitan Opera
Anna Netrebko scored an unmitigated success in her first Manon Lescaut at the Met, almost obliterating director Richard Eyre’s and designer Rob Howell’s misconceived production.
****1
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Burning bright: superb Trovatore ignites the Bastille

Despite the sombre staging, it’s the vocal fire that blazes in this impressive Trovatore in Paris.
****1
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