Performer: Massimo Cavalletti

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Manon LescautNew production

Puccini: Manon Lescaut
Fabio Luisi; Richard Eyre; Metropolitan Opera; Rob Howell; Fotini Dimou; Kristine Opolais; Roberto Alagna

Simon Boccanegra

Verdi: Simon Boccanegra
Myung-Whun Chung; Federico Tiezzi; Teatro alla Scala; Pier Paolo Bisleri; Giovanna Buzzi; Leo Nucci; Plácido Domingo
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Falstaff in Tokyo with a strong international cast

Jonathan Miller may not be directing new productions of operas any more, but his productions are still being revived in many countries; in Tokyo’s New National Theatre, his Falstaff has just been revived.
***11
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A blithely-polished Falstaff in Milan

Daniele Gatti illuminates Robert Carsen's blithe Falstaff narrative
***11
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Sublime La bohème with Gustavo Dudamel

This is a well-oiled operatic machine, with all of the cogs whirring. Act I's garret crackles and pops in a slick stream of gags both familiar and new.
*****
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Refreshing the classics: Barbiere at La Scala

Bridging new and old, the young graduates of Teatro alla Scala's Academy joined seasoned Italian opera legends for an "Academy Project" performance of Gioachino Rossini's Il barbiere di Siviglia in Jean-Pierre Ponnelle's 46-year-old staging.
****1
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A sparkling L'elisir d'amore in Zurich

Donizetti’s magic potion was much more Bollinger bubbles than bad Bordeaux.  It was delightful, delicious and de-lovely.
****1
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