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Performer: Mariusz Kwiecień

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The Pearl Fishers: a lackluster evening at The Met

Pretty Yende (Leïla) and Javier Camarena (Nadir) © Marty Sohl | Metropolitan Opera
The second performance of the Met's Pearl Fishers saw one of the leads withdraw mid-performance again. A welcome performance by young baritone Alexander Birch Elliott could not rescue the evening. 
***11
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Hell is oneself: Don Giovanni returns in heavenly form

Mariusz Kwiecień (Don Giovanni) and Hrachuhí Bassénz (Donna Elvira) © ROH | Bill Cooper
A terrific cast takes on the latest revival of Kasper Holten’s video-infused staging of Mozart’s opera buffa.
*****
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Great success for Gimadieva and Flórez in Lucia

Juan Diego Flórez (Edgardo) and Venera Gimadieva (Lucia) © Wilfried Hösl
Juan Diego Flórez and Venera Gimadieva charm as the young unlucky couple, and convince with their vocal performances in Wysocka’s production at the Bayerische Staatsoper.
****1
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No moonlight, no magic: a vanilla Bohème

Nicole Car (Mimì) and Mariusz Kwiecień (Marcello) © ROH | Catherine Ashmore
After his affectionate treatment of La fanciulla del West for ENO and his devastating Suor Angelica for the Royal Opera, Richard Jones’ new La bohème is disappointingly bland.
***11
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Don Giovanni: Into the abyss at the Liceu

Julia Lezhneva (Zerlina) and chorus © A. Bofill
A visually stunning production with a fine cast to match. 
****1
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Netrebko a magnificent Tatyana in The Met's Onegin

Anna Netrebko (Tatyana) and Mariusz Kwiecień (Onegin) © Marty Sohl | Metropolitan Opera
The evening was dominated by Anna Netrebko, who reprised the role of Tatiana with fresh insights and vocal charisma.  Robin Ticciati led the Met Orchestra to probe a new depth of the score.
*****
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