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Performer: Olivier Py

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AmsterdamPelléas et MélisandeNew production

Pelléas et Mélisande
Debussy: Pelléas et Mélisande
Stéphane Denève; Olivier Py; Dutch National Opera; Pierre-André Weitz; Paul Appleby; Elena Tsallagova

BerlinLe Prophète

Le Prophète
Meyerbeer: Le Prophète
Enrique Mazzola; Olivier Py; Deutsche Oper Berlin; Pierre-André Weitz; Gregory Kunde; Clémentine Margaine

MunichIl trovatore

Il trovatore
Verdi: Il trovatore
Francesco Ivan Ciampa; Olivier Py; Bavarian State Opera; Pierre-André Weitz; Vladislav Sulimsky; Sonya Yoncheva
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A striking Lucia di Lammermoor in Basel

Rosa Feola (Lucia) © Sandra Then
For his new production of Donizetti’s Lucia di Lammermoor in Basel, director Olivier Py underscored an emotive kaleidoscope of events with unparalleled creativity and imagination. 
****1
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A wing and a prayer: Le Prophète

Elena Tsallagova (Berthe) and Clémentine Margaine (Fidès) © Bettina Stöß
Oliver Py's new Meyerbeer staging offers plenty of clichés, but is a solid show, backed up by a fine musical performance.
****1
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Petibon shines in Olivier Py's ambitious Manon

Patricia Petibon © GTG | Carole Parodi
A Manon as sexy and unsteady as its heroine.
****1
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Stunningly sung implausibilities: Il trovatore in Munich

Nothing will make the plot of Il trovatore less ridiculous. But a director who embraces that ridiculousness, plus stellar playing and singing, make for a great show.
****1
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Opéra de Paris: Aida

Under the artistic and musical direction of Olivier Py and Philippe Jordan, Verdi’s opera has ignited a veritable storm of both fervent criticism and ardent defence.
***11
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