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Performer: Nicolas Testé

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HamburgDiana Damrau: Royal Affairs

Verdi, Donizetti, Tchaikovsky, Bellini
NDR Radiophilharmonie; Ivan Repušić; Diana Damrau; Nicolas Testé

ParisDiana Damrau & Nicolas Testé

Bellini, Donizetti, Rossini, Verdi
Orchestre national d'Île-de-France; Ivan Repušić; Diana Damrau; Nicolas Testé

ParisLa Flûte enchantée

Mozart: Die Zauberflöte (The Magic Flute)
Cornelius Meister; Robert Carsen; Opéra national de Paris; Michael Levine; Petra Reinhardt; Cyrille Dubois; Stanislas de Barbeyrac
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MadridAVAILABLE IN SPAIN ONLY: I puritani

AVAILABLE IN SPAIN ONLY: I puritani
Bellini: I puritani
Evelino Pidò; Emilio Sagi; Teatro Real; Daniel Bianco; Peppispóo S.L.; Diana Damrau; Javier Camarena
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Thomas’ Hamlet in concert at the Liceu

Diana Damrau © A. Bofill

Ambroise Thomas’ Hamlet in concert in the Gran Teatre del Liceu in Barcelona is enthusiastically conducted by Daniel Oren.

****1
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The Pearl Fishers: a lackluster evening at The Met

Pretty Yende (Leïla) and Javier Camarena (Nadir) © Marty Sohl | Metropolitan Opera
The second performance of the Met's Pearl Fishers saw one of the leads withdraw mid-performance again. A welcome performance by young baritone Alexander Birch Elliott could not rescue the evening. 
***11
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Lisette Oropesa conquers Paris in Les Huguenots

Lisette Oropesa (Marguerite de Valois) © Opéra de Paris | Agathe Poupeney
It's a big night at the Opéra Bastille for their 350th anniversary season; Oropesa's dazzling coloratura stops the show; Andreas Kriegenburg sets the action interestingly in a Star Trek future.
***11
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A variable evening of Verdi in Vienna

Diana Damrau © Rebecca Fay | Erato
Unlike the conucopia of duets Verdi wrote for soprano and baritone, his music for soprano and bass is much more limited and what exists is not exactly the acme of his output.
***11
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David Alden's new Maria Stuarda disappoints in Zurich

Diana Damrau (Maria Stuarda) and Serena Farnocchia (Elisabetta) © Monika Rittershaus
Gaetano Donizetti’s Maria Stuarda is perhaps most famous for a single and highly emotional scene in which two monarchs engage in a venomous confrontation. One is doomed to die. 
***11
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Testé, Spyres and Pudova stand out in Hoffmann

Olga Pudova (Olympia) © Wilfried Hösl
Offenbach's vivid setting of E.T.A. Hoffmann's fantastic tales gets an enjoyable outing, with Spyres, Testé and Pudova the undoubted stars of the show.
***11
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