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Performer: Nello Santi

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A guilty pleasure: Zeffirelli's Aida at La Scala

Krassimira Stoyanova (Aida), Fabio Sartori (Radamès) and George Gagnidze (Amonasro) © Brescia & Amisano | Teatro alla Scala
You feel you ought not to approve of such directorial extravagance, but catch yourself being drawn into the grand pageant. 
****1
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Nabucco at La Scala

Mikhail Petrenko (Zaccaria) © Marco Brescia & Rudy Amisano
This was a performance that had you lickng your lips for Santi’s return next season with Zeffirelli’s time-honoured take on Aida.
***11
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A delightful confection in Zurich

L'elisir d'amore © Judith Schlosser (2015)
The charm of Gaetano Donizetti’s spirited two-act L’elisir d’amore lies in its mixture of sharp comedy and poignant pathos. Zurich gave us just that.
****1
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Netrebko returns to La traviata at La Scala

Anna Netrebko takes her curtain call at La Scala © Marco Brescia & Rudy Amisano | Teatro alla Scala
Netrebko's Violetta is now fuller in body and voice than in her former incarnation. Goodbye to the fresh-faced damsel we saw in Salzburg; hello to a larger-than-life courtesan in her twilight years.
*****
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Tragedy comes full circle in San Carlo's Rigoletto

George Petean (Rigoletto) and Rosa Feola (Gilda) © Teatro di San Carlo | Luciano Romano
In this staging of Verdi’s  masterpiece, the director reminds us that the ominous epilogue springs from its short prelude.
****1
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