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Performer: Riccardo Zanellato

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ParisRequiem de Verdi, Daniele Gatti

Verdi: Messa da Requiem
Orchestre National de France; Daniele Gatti; Eleonora Buratto; Marie-Nicole Lemieux; Michael Spyres; Riccardo Zanellato

MunichLucia di Lammermoor

Donizetti: Lucia di Lammermoor
Evelino Pidò; Barbara Wysocka; Bavarian State Opera; Barbara Hanicka; Julia Kornacka; Rainer Casper; Andergrand Media + Spektakle

LiègeSimon BoccanegraNew production

Verdi: Simon Boccanegra
Speranza Scappucci; Laurence Dale; Opéra Royal de Wallonie-Liège; Gary McCann; Fernand Ruiz; Alex Brok; George Petean
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VeniceAida

Verdi: Aida
Riccardo Frizza; Bepi Morassi; Teatro La Fenice; Irene Roberts; Francesco Meli; Roberto Frontali; Roberta Mantegna
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Turandot in Tokyo: A bold reimagining of the ending

Alex Ollé focuses in the princess's trauma to provide a back story for Puccini’s problematic last opera; Eri Nakamura captivates the New National Theatre audience.
****1
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Mob mentality: a powerful La Juive at Opera Vlaanderen

Peter Konwitschny's production strips away much of the religious symbolism, presenting the difference between Jews and Christians as little more than the dyed colour of their hands. 
****1
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A traditional Attila at the Verdi Festival in Parma

Traditionally, Italy's most unforgiving loggionisti are reputed to reside at Parma's Teatro Regio. Thankfully for the cast, they appear to be a dying breed.
***11
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Riccardo Muti conducts a majestic Macbeth in Ravenna

Muti unlocks the immense dramatic potential of Verdi's revolutionary score, providing a wealth of colour and detail capable of conjuring mysterious Shakespearean worlds with no need for staging.
*****
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Chailly conducts the Messa per Rossini at its Scala première

A sizeable contingent of curious musicologists and critics gathered for the Milan première. It was a gifted a performance with plenty of insights to offer.
****1
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Muti in his element in Italian opera excerpts

For the final week of the CSO season, Muti led a stirring program of operatic excerpts by Verdi, Puccini and Mascagni, along with a rarity by Boito.
****1
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