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Performer: Mirco Palazzi

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ZürichIl viaggio a Reims

© Monika Rittershaus
Rossini: Il viaggio a Reims
Riccardo Minasi; Christoph Marthaler; Zurich Opera; Anna Viebrock; Serena Farnocchia; Aleksandra Olczyk

NaplesMaometto II

Rossini: Maometto II
Diego Fasolis; Teatro di San Carlo; Mirco Palazzi; Juan Francisco Gatell; Vasilisa Berzhanskaya; Teresa Iervolino
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A dazzling Semiramide at the Royal Opera

Joyce DiDonato (Semiramide) © ROH | Bill Cooper
Lengthy but full of melodic invention, Semiramide finally made her triumphant return to the Royal Opera in David Alden's fine new production.
****1
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Rossini's Otello returns to its birthplace in Naples

John Osborn (Otello) and Nino Machaidze (Desdemona) © Luciano Romano | Teatro San Carlo
Suggesting that Otello was a migrant, like modern refugees, was not a great staging idea for a production which could count on an high-rate vocal cast.
****1
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Musical statues: Ronconi's static Semiramide

Jessica Pratt (Semiramide) and Silvia Tro Santafé (Arsace) © Simone Donati | TerraProject
In a staging new to Florence, the action is often merely a set of friezes, singers immobilised on a pair of moving plinths. 
***11
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Albina Shagimuratova shines as Semiramide

Albina Shagimuratova © BBC | Chris Christodoulou
Complete performances of Semiramide are as rare as hen's teeth. Opera Rara came close in a terrific concert performance in the Hanging Gardens of Kensington.
****1
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Figaro in Turin: a triumph of love and classicism

Elena Barbalich's mis-en-scene for Le nozze di Figaro in Turin seemed a swirling game of Chinese boxes, but the vocal performances were full of vitality. 
***11
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