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Performer: Paolo Bordogna

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ZürichIl barbiere di Siviglia

© Herwig Prammer
Rossini: Il barbiere di Siviglia
George Petrou; Johannes Pölzgutter; Zurich Opera; Aigul Akhmetshina; Alasdair Kent; Konstantin Shushakov; Dean Murphy

BergamoLa Fille du régiment

La Fille du régiment
Donizetti: La Fille du régiment
Corrado Rovaris; Luis Ernesto Doñas; Sara Blanch; Manuela Custer; Xabier Anduaga; Paolo Bordogna
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McVicar's The Marriage of Figaro lights up the Opera Australia stage

Paolo Bordogna (Figaro), Anna Dowlsey (Cherubino) and Stacey Alleaume (Susanna) © Prudence Upton
A beautiful 17th-century setting does nothing to dim the freshness and relevance of Sir David McVicar's production for Opera Australia.
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Puns, dirty jokes and bizarre misunderstandings

Teresa Iervolino (Ernestina) and Pavel Kolgatin (Ermanno) © Studio Amati Bacciardi
A new, successful production by Leiser and Caurier supports a great cast of Rossini specialists, with Teresa Iervolino, Paolo Bordogna and Davide Luciano in the lead roles.
****1
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A giggle a minute: Il turco in Italia in Sydney

Stacey Alleaume (Fiorilla) and Paolo Bordogna (Selim) © Keith Saunders
Turco inspired many a great opera director in the past; understandably, as it offers plenty of splendid comic situations. Simon Phillips' hilarious 2014 production is revived by Opera Australia.
****1
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A frivolous La pietra del paragone in Pesaro

Aya Wakizono (Clarice) © Amati Bacciardi
The young tenor Maxim Mironov, who played the poet Giocondo, was the name on everyone's lips by the end of the show. His voice is a modestly-sized and soft-grained, but it is beautifully produced, and focuses to a laser-like point up top.
****1
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Giant haystacks: Pelly's sunny L'elisir d'amore

Pretty Yende (Adina), Liparit Avetisyan (Nemorino) and Paolo Bordogna (Belcore) © ROH | Bill Cooper
This was meant to be Pretty Yende's night, but it was Armenian tenor Liparit Avetisyan who stole hearts as country bumpkin Nemorino. 
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