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Performer: Massimo Giordano

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BrusselsGala Concert: Singers on Stage

Brussels Philharmonic; Patrick Davin; Ildikó Raimondi; Virginie Verrez; Massimo Giordano; Leon Košavić

DresdenNabuccoNew production

Saioa Hernández (Abigaille) © Semperoper Dresden | Ludwig Olah
Verdi: Nabucco
Omer Meir Wellber; David Bösch; Dresden State Opera; Patrick Bannwart; Meentje Nielsen; Andrzej Dobber; Saioa Hernández

BerlinFalstaff

Verdi: Falstaff
Daniel Barenboim; Mario Martone; Staatsoper Berlin; Margherita Palli; Ursula Patzak; Lucio Gallo; Barbara Frittoli
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Nabucco marks a successful debut of Saioa Hernández as Abigaille

Saioa Hernández (Abigaille) © Semperoper Dresden | Ludwig Olah
Saioa Hernández leads a solid cast in Dresden in a somewhat disappointing new production by David Bösch.

***11
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Overflowing with emotions: Adriana Lecouvreur

Klaus Schneider (Abbé de Chazeuil) and Frederika Brillembourg (Princesse de Bouillon) © Falk von Traubenberg
Musically and scenically sumptuous melodrama with a solid cast in Karlsruhe.
*****
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Norma in Munich: dramatically solid but musically uninspiring

A good staging and good acting aren't enough to make up for musical shortcomings of the Bayerische Staatsoper's Norma
**111
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112 years in the making: Adriana Lecouvreur’s belated première in Vienna

It’s more than a little surprising that Francesco Cilea’s Adriana Lecouvreur is first gracing the stage of the Staatsoper in 2014, 112 years after its première.It is, therefore, disappointing that this co-production with Covent Garden is not more successful, despite its many excellent qualities.
***11
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Passion and patriotic fervor: Verdi's Attila in concert with Deutsche Oper Berlin

Attila, Verdi’s ode to Italy (one of them), made its world première in Venice to huge bursts of patriotic feeling. “You can have the universe, but leave Italy for me!” exclaimed the Roman general Ezio, and the audience erupted. Small wonder: the opera appeared at the height of the Risorgimento, when Italy was in the process of unifying into one state.
***11
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