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Performer: Orchestra del Teatro Regio di Torino

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BergamoBelisarioConcert performance

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Donizetti: Belisario
Riccardo Frizza; Fondazione Donizetti; Simon Lim; Plácido Domingo; Davinia Rodríguez; Annalisa Stroppa
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The Pearl Fishers: Turin opens its operatic season

Pierre Doyen (Zurga) and Kévin Amiel (Nadir) © Edoardo Piva | Teatro Regio Torino
The staging sways between tackiness and naivety, like those old Christmas cards with sequins glued to the edges of the figures.
**111
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The first modern staged performance of Paër’s Agnese in Turin

Markus Werba and Maria Rey-Joly © Edoardo Piva | Teatro Regio Torino
The Teatro Regio presents a Classical rarity with echoes of Mozart and anticipations of Rossini. Diego Fasolis conducts with imagination and spunk.
***11
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In Turin's Trovatore, the women carry the day

Anna Maria Chiuri (Azucena) © Edoardo Piva | Teatro Regio Torino
Female voices dominate in the vocal cast: Rachel Willis-Sørensen debuts as Leonora and charms the audience; Anna Maria Chiuri has the temperament and rich vocality requested by the role of the gypsy.
***11
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A strong Italian cast for Così fan tutte in Turin

Lucia Cirillo (Despina), Federica Lombardi (Fiordiligi) and Annalisa Stroppa (Dorabella) © Rammella & Giannese/Piva | Teatro Regio Torino
Diego Fasolis gives an enlightened, 18th-century account of the Mozart/da Ponte masterpiece, with great precision and elegance.
****1
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On the female condition: two 20th-century operas in Turin

Anna Caterina Antonacci (Susanna) and Bruno Danjoux (Servant) © Rammella & Giannese/Piva | Teatro Regio Torino
Two different variations of the female conditions: one of 1909 and now utterly out-of-date, the second of 1959 much more ut-to-date.
****1
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