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Performer: Paolo Arrivabeni

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RomeLa traviataConcert performance

Verdi: La traviata
Paolo Arrivabeni; Teatro dell'Opera di Roma; Valentino Garavani; Nino Machaidze; Claudia Pavone; Sergey Romanovsky
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LiègeDon Carlos

Gregory Kunde (Don Carlos) © Opéra Royal de Wallonie-Liège
Verdi: Don Carlo(s)
Paolo Arrivabeni; Stefano Mazzonis di Pralafera; Opéra Royal de Wallonie-Liège; Gary McCann; Fernand Ruiz; Ildebrando D'Arcangelo; Gregory Kunde

RomeLa bohème

Puccini: La bohème
Paolo Arrivabeni; Davide Livermore; Teatro dell'Opera di Roma; Abdellah Lasri; Serena Farnocchia
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Gregory Kunde is splendid in Liege’s new Don Carlos

Gregory Kunde (Don Carlos) © Opéra Royal de Wallonie-Liège
The Opéra Royal de Wallonie-Liège takes a risk in mounting a new, but traditional production of the more rarely heard French version of Verdi’s Don Carlos and succeeds with a great ensemble of singers. 
****1
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The beginnings of a genius: Demetrio e Polibio

Juan Francisco Gatell (Demetrio) © Studio Amati Bacciardi
ROF presents the first, immature effort of the composer in the successful production by Davide Livermore, with a solid cast led by Jessica Pratt.
***11
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Russell Thomas convinces as Otello at Deutsche Oper Berlin

Guanqun Yu (Desdemona) and Russell Thomas (Otello) © Bettina Stöß

Deutsche Oper Berlin presents Verdi’s old-age masterpiece in Kriegenburg’s production, which still fails to convince. A much more satisfying cast seals a successful musical production.

***11
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Tragic dignity and pathos from José Cura's Otello

José Cura (Otello) © Lorraine Wauters | Opéra Royal de Wallonie-Liège
Cura's powerful spinto tenor impressed from his opening “Esultate!” and left no doubt as to the Moor's authority.
****1
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Muddled symbolism: Verdi's Nabucco at Deutsche Oper Berlin

Nabucco © Bernd Uhlig
January of 2017 sees the return of Verdi's Nabucco at the Deutsche Oper Berlin. This Keith Warner production of a Verdi favorite was successfully premiered by the Deutsche Oper in 2013, in the 200th anniversary year of Verdi's birth.
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La bohème at the New National Theatre Tokyo

Act I © Masahiko Terashi
La bohème at the New National Theatre Tokyo, performed by a fine cast and orchestra.
****1
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