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Performer: Nahuel Di Pierro

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ParisHippolyte et Aricie [nouveaux horaires]New production

Rameau: Hippolyte et Aricie
Raphaël Pichon; Jeanne Candel; Opéra Comique; Lisa Navarro; Pauline Kieffer; Reinoud Van Mechelen; Elsa Benoit
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PesaroSemiramide

Rossini: Semiramide
Michele Mariotti; Graham Vick; Rossini Opera Festival; Stuart Nunn; Salome Jicia; Carlo Cigni
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Operatic magic: Ercole Amante at the Opéra Comique

Nahuel di Pierro (Hercule) © S. Brion
Voices, orchestra staging: everything in this Ercole Amante is light and magic, to the great delight of the Salle Favart audience.
*****
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The Queen is back: Semiramide in Pesaro

Salome Jicia (Semiramide) © Studio Amati Bacciardi
Michele Mariotti triumphs in Rossini’s masterpiece with a good cast led by Salome Jicia and a new production, only partially successful.
****1
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Caldara's La Morte d’Abel rediscovered at Salzburg Whitsun festival

Soloists, Gianluca Capuano and Il canto di Orfeo © Marco Borrelli

A great performance of a nearly-forgotten 18th-century oratorio in Salzburg celebrates the castrati’s “Heavenly Voices”, the theme of the Whitsun festival.

****1
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Rossini’s Il turco in Italia docks in Zurich

Julie Fuchs (Fiorilla) and Pietro Spagnoli (Prosdocimo) © Hans Jörg Michel
In Il turco in Italia, Gioachino Rossini’s command of spiritedness and musical timing is well matched by the plot of lovers’ infidelities.
****1
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Endless pleasure: Zurich revives Robert Carsen’s classic Semele

Cecilia Bartoli (Semele) © Suzanne Schwiertz (2006/7)
Cecilia Bartoli once again takes Zurich by storm under the guiding hand of Maestro William Christie for a wonderful evening of Handelian fun.
****1
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A metaphor for the modern world in Zurich

Julie Fuchs (Poppea) © Monika Rittershaus
Calixto Bieito sets Monteverdi’s L’incoronazione di Poppea in a hedonist, decadent society whose citizens are defined by their egotism, ambition and sexual exploits.
****1
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