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Performer: Marco Vratogna

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BarcelonaAida

Verdi: Aida
Gustavo Gimeno; Thomas Guthrie; Gran Teatre del Liceu; Mestres Cabanes; Franca Squarciapino; Clémentine Margaine; Judit Kutasi
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Opera Australia’s Tosca highlights the tyranny of evil Scarpia

Marco Vratogna (Scarpia) © Jeff Busby
Remarkable singers and magnificent sets successfully transpose Puccini’s Tosca to Nazi-occupied Rome, bringing home the horror of tyranny and how possible it is to occur.
****1
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A bronze-toned lion: Kaufmann debuts as Otello

Jonas Kaufmann (Otello) © ROH | Catherine Ashmore
After all the speculation, Jonas Kaufmann made his role debut as Otello at The Royal Opera – an impressive, if not unqualified, success. 
****1
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Waking Nightmares: Mario Martone's Cav—Pag reprised at La Scala

Mario Martone's Cavalleria rusticanaPagliacci returns to La Scala, with results that do not always convince. 
***11
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A gripping Sydney Otello

On Harry Kupfer's dramatic set, strong performances by Simon O'Neill (Otello), Lianna Haroutounian (Desdemona) and especially Claudio Sgura (Iago) make Opera Australia's Otello a memorable revival.
****1
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A Tosca which falls flat?

The Royal Opera House revives Jonathan Kent's traditional production, but with a crucial lack of magnetism between hero and heroine, Puccini's taut thriller feels somewhat muzzled.
***11
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