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BolognaIl trovatore

Verdi: Il trovatore
Pinchas Steinberg; Robert Wilson; Teatro Comunale di Bologna; Vasily Ladyuk; Marta Torbidoni; Cristina Melis; Diego Cavazzin
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Beware Posa! A black, bleak Don Carlo opens season at La Fenice

Alex Esposito (Filippo II) © Michele Crosera
Maestro Myung-Whun Chung leads an almost all-Italian cast in an impressive performance of Verdi’s most ambiguous masterpiece.
*****
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Wilson's lunar Trouvère the antithesis of grand opéra

Nino Surguladze (Azucena) © Lucie Jansch
When they asked Wilson to stage an opera by Verdi, the Texan director replied "I'll never do it!". Now he is at his fourth Verdi's production.
***11
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Patriotic fervour in Florence's La battaglia di Legnano

Giuseppe Gipali (Arrigo), Giuseppe Altomare (Rolando) and Vittoria Yeo (Lida) © Camilla Riccò | TerranovaProject Contrasto
Marco Tullio Giordana's new production at the Maggio Musicale may be static, but musically there's much to enjoy in this rare slice of middle-period Verdi.
****1
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Michieletto's controversial Guillaume Tell resurfaces in Palermo

Roberto Frontali (Guillaume Tell) © Rosellina Garbo
At its 2015 inauguration at the Royal Opera House, a controversial rape scene in Act 3 drew outrage from the audience and critics alike. Now the Teatro Massimo is presenting the production once again.
****1
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An awkwardly staged Guillaume Tell at the Met

Fabio Luisi conducts a solidly cast Guillaume Tell with panache, Rossini's final opera returning to the Metropolitan Opera after a long absence. 
***11
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Simon Boccanegra in Genoa

Excellent music-making over an indecisive but faithful Simon Boccanegra production opens Genoa's Teatro Carlo Felice new season.
***11
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