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Performer: Massimo Cavalletti

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ZürichLucia di LammermoorNew production

Lucia di Lammermoor
Donizetti: Lucia di Lammermoor
Speranza Scappucci; Tatjana Gürbaca; Zurich Opera; Klaus Grünberg; Silke Willrett; Massimo Cavalletti; Lisette Oropesa
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Damiano Michieletto's youthful Barbiere returns to Florence

Ruzil Gatin (Almaviva), Carlo Lepore (Bartolo) and Vasilisa Berzhanskaya (Rosina) © Michele Monasta
Three Russian singers star in a revival of the Italian director's academy production from 2003. 
***11
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Il trovatore proves a masterpiece even without staging

Vincenzo Milletarì © Tabocchini Zanconi
In a reduced concert performance of Il trovatore the drama unfolds with the force of music alone.
***11
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“Verdi's ugliest opera” returns to La Scala with mixed results

Lisette Oropesa (Amalia) © Marco Brescia & Rudy Amisano | Teatro alla Scala
In the role created for Jenny Lind, Lisette Oropesa, in her debut in the theater, shows her magnificent silvery voice, beautiful vibrato and impeccable colorature.
***11
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In Turin's Trovatore, the women carry the day

Anna Maria Chiuri (Azucena) © Edoardo Piva | Teatro Regio Torino
Female voices dominate in the vocal cast: Rachel Willis-Sørensen debuts as Leonora and charms the audience; Anna Maria Chiuri has the temperament and rich vocality requested by the role of the gypsy.
***11
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Death in Florence: Zemlinsky and Puccini at DNO

Ausrine Stundyte (Bianca) and John Lundgren (Simone) © Matthias Baus
An unlikely coupling of one-act operas by Zemlinsky and Puccini bears fruit in a staging that reveals their thematic parallels while leaving their obvious differences on show.
****1
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Verdi's last opera nostalgically staged

Ambrogio Maestri (Falstaff) © Marco Brescia & Rudy Amisano | Teatro alla Scala
The 2013 Salzburg production of Damiano Michieletto's Falstaff finally arrives in Milan where the director sets the opera in “Casa Verdi”, the Milanese residence for elderly singers and musicians.
****1
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