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Performer: Maurizio Benini

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MadridIl pirataNew production

Il pirata
Bellini: Il pirata
Maurizio Benini; Emilio Sagi; Teatro Real; Daniel Bianco; Pepa Ojanguren; George Petean; Simone Piazzola

AmsterdamNabuccoNew production

Nabucco
Verdi: Nabucco
Maurizio Benini; Andreas Homoki; Dutch National Opera; Wolfgang Gussmann; Susana Mendoza; George Petean; Anna Pirozzi

New York CityMaria Stuarda

Donizetti: Maria Stuarda
Maurizio Benini; Sir David McVicar; Metropolitan Opera; John Macfarlane; Diana Damrau; Jamie Barton

LondonLa traviata

Verdi: La traviata
Maurizio Benini; Sir Richard Eyre; The Royal Opera; Bob Crowley; Aleksandra Kurzak; Frédéric Antoun
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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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Ekaterina Bakanova a touchingly fragile Violetta

Ekaterina Bakanova (Violetta) © ROH | Tristram Kenton
Two years ago, Russian soprano Ekaterina Bakanova was thrust into her Royal Opera debut, stepping in at short notice as Violetta. Her triumph was enough for the powers that be to offer her a run of five performances this month.
***11
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