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Performer: Maurizio Benini

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Bellini: Norma
Maurizio Benini; Justin Way; Teatro Real; Charles Edwards; Sue Willmington; Yolanda Auyanet; Hibla Gerzmava

ValenciaLa Cenerentola (Cinderella)

Rossini: La Cenerentola (Cinderella)
Maurizio Benini; Laurent Pelly; Palau de Les Arts Reina Sofia; Chantal Thomas; Jean-Jacques Delmotte; Anna Goryachova; René Barbera
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A monolithic Nabucco at Dutch National Opera

George Petean (Nabucco) © Martin Walz
A promising cast on paper is scuppered by a banal, monotonous production and uninspired conducting.
**111
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Strong singing as The Met revives Massenet’s Manon

Lisette Oropesa (Manon) © Marty Sohl | Met Opera
Laurent Pelly’s darkly stylish production of Manon is revived with a strong cast of singers. In the title role, Lisette Oropesa demonstrated elegant and incisive singing, while Michael Fabiano was her virile and powerful partner.
***11
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“Let them eat cake!” A revolutionary Barbiere at DNO

Il barbiere di Siviglia at Dutch National Opera © Marco Borggreve | DNO 2018
Lotte de Beer’s Il barbiere di Siviglia for Dutch National Opera seems a surprisingly traditional spectacle... although it does come with a twist.
****1
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A gaudy stand-and-sing Semiramide at the Met

Angela Meade (Semiramide) © Ken Howard | Metropolitan Opera
Despite a great cast, the Metropolitan Opera's revival of Semiramide bores with tacky costumes and no direction.
**111
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Herheim’s lavish Vêpres siciliennes returns

Michael Volle (Montfort) and Bryan Hymel (Henri) © ROH | Bill Cooper
A mural depicting Etna erupting is the only hint of Sicily in Stefan Herheim’s opulent staging, returning to Covent Garden for the first time since the Royal Opera’s Verdi bicentenary celebrations in 2013. 
****1
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