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Performer: Orchestra del Teatro Comunale di Bologna

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BolognaOtelloNew production

Verdi: Otello
Asher Fisch; Gabriele Lavia; Teatro Comunale di Bologna; Alessandro Camera; Andrea Viotti; Gregory Kunde; Roberto Aronica

BolognaRoberto Abbado / Alexander Melnikov

Beethoven
Orchestra del Teatro Comunale di Bologna; Roberto Abbado; Alexander Melnikov

BolognaFederico Colli plays Beethoven

Hosokawa, Beethoven, Tchaikovsky
Orchestra del Teatro Comunale di Bologna; Pinchas Steinberg; Federico Colli
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PesaroArmida

Rossini: Armida
Carlo Rizzi; Luca Ronconi; Rossini Opera Festival; Margherita Palli; Giovanna Buzzi; Randall Bills

Reggio EmiliaCavalleria rusticana/ Pagliacci

Mascagni, Leoncavallo
Frédéric Chaslin; Emma Dante; Teatro Comunale di Bologna; Sonia Ganassi; Angelo Villari; Stefano Meo; Alessia Nadin

BolognaOtelloNew production

Verdi: Otello
Asher Fisch; Gabriele Lavia; Teatro Comunale di Bologna; Alessandro Camera; Andrea Viotti; Gregory Kunde; Mariangela Sicilia
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Wilson's lunar Trouvère the antithesis of grand opéra

Nino Surguladze (Azucena) © Lucie Jansch
When they asked Wilson to stage an opera by Verdi, the Texan director replied "I'll never do it!". Now he is at his fourth Verdi's production.
***11
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Vick and Mariotti refresh Bohème in Bologna

Alessandra Marianelli (Mimì) and Matteo Lippi (Rodolfo) © Rocco Casaluci
Vick enjoys working with young singers, and in with the young second cast he is spoiled.
*****
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Nothing short of a coup: Stiffelio at the Verdi Festival, Parma

Luciano Ganci (Stiffelio) © Roberto Ricci
Without recourse to virtual reality or hallucinogens, Vick has created a suggestive, vividly surreal world where one's reference points are lost to the wind.
*****
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Bologna's Teatro Comunale scores a slam dunk

Ian Storey (Peter Grimes) © Rocco Casaluci
The Comunale had teamed up with Bologna's basketball team Virtus to create a 50%-off ticket deal aimed at drawing new audiences. The subject matter of this opera might not seem the most immediately accessible, but this was playing to capture the imaginations of opera newbies.
****1
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Intensity-laden La voix-Cav diptych in Bologna

Anna Caterina Antonacci (Elle) © Rosso Casaluci
One wonders why Emma Dante's concept, which explores the plight of women crushed by romantic catastrophes, is not done more often.
*****
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Rossini's Turk given in memory of Alberto Zedda

Hasmik Torosyan (Fiorilla) and Simone Alberghini (Selim) © Rocco Casaluci
In Livermore's staging the scheme becomes meta-cinematographic: the poet Prosdocimus here has Marcello Mastroianni's features in Fellini's film 8 ½.
***11
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