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Performer: Michele Gamba

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MilanMadinaWorld premiere

Vacchi: Madina
Mauro Bigonzetti; Teatro alla Scala Ballet Company; Michele Gamba; Carlo Cerri; Maurizio Millenotti

MilanLa traviata

Verdi: La traviata
Michele Gamba; Liliana Cavani; Teatro alla Scala; Dante Ferretti; Gabriella Pescucci; Angel Blue; Charles Castronovo
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Staff issues: Mozart's Figaro in Hamburg

Wilhelm Schwinghammer (Figaro) © Karl Forster (2015)
Mozart's very notes become servant to the cause in an ingenious staging of Le nozze di Figaro by one of today's most esteemed directors.
****1
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Bel canto bliss: Norma at the Macerata Opera Festival

The chorus of Druids © Alfredo Tabocchini | Macerata Opera Festival
For such a young conductor of unassuming stature, Gamba exudes surprising authority, bringing off players with a swipe and reaching out far from the pit to coordinate distant chorus members.
***11
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Betrothal and Betrayal: JPYA summer performance

School’s out for summer and with it the opportunity for the Royal Opera’s Jette Parker Young Artists to showcase their talents in the end of term main stage performance. 
***11
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JPYA Summer Performance at Covent Garden

If you want to have your operatic head seriously messed with, imagine the following: Così fan tutte staged on the Act I/IV set of John Copley’s soon-to-be-mothballed La bohème, which closed with a double performance on Saturday afternoon and evening. Throw in Don Alfonso sporting frock coat, wig and cane, looking for all the world like Baron Scarpia, and the mash-up of references had my head spinning.
****1
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A mixed bag from the Jette Parker Young Artists at the Royal Opera House

From Studio to Stage was the name of this year’s summer performance by young artists on the Jette Parker programme at the Royal Opera House. The programme includes not only singers but also conductors/répétiteurs, a pianist, a lighting designer and stage director Pedro Ribeiro, who surely wins the prize for best headshot.
***11
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