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Performer: Maria Pia Piscitelli

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ZürichLa forza del destino

La forza del destino
Verdi: La forza del destino
Fabio Luisi; Andreas Homoki; Zurich Opera; Hartmut Meyer; Mechthild Seipel; Anja Harteros; Maria Pia Piscitelli
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A strong, intense La forza del destino in Salerno

Simone Piazzola (Don Carlo) and Walter Fraccaro (Don Alvaro) © Massimo Pica
Visually this production fully rendered the opera's atmosphere. The director was good at encompassing the private stories and emotions of the three main characters into a broader context, dominated by Fate.
****1
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A pleasant, fizzy Merry Widow in Naples

© Luciano Romano
It took a whole act to warm up the audience, but at the end, San Carlo's production of Lehár’s frothy operetta proved convincing
***11
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Exciting singing rescues problematic Don Carlo

Last night’s performance, the second after a serious casting face-lift held to that tradition, and was very well received despite its inherent flaws, thanks to some very fine singing.
***11
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Verdi's Falstaff given a playful make-over

After his final opera, Falstaff (1893), Verdi founded a home for retired musicians. Director Christof Loy related these two achievements by setting the opera in the nursing home...
***11
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A Vintage Figaro at the Deutsche Oper

Le nozze di Figaro in Götz Friedrich’s vintage production at the Deutsche Oper Berlin provides an entertaining evening. 
***11
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