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Performer: Riccardo Zanellato

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GenevaNabucco

Verdi: Nabucco
Antonino Fogliani; Christiane Jatahy; Grand Théâtre de Genève; Thomas Walgrave; Orchestre de la Suisse Romande; Chorus of the Grand Théâtre de Genève

RomeAidaNew production

Verdi: Aida
Michele Mariotti; Davide Livermore; Teatro dell'Opera di Roma; Giò Forma; Gianluca Falaschi; Antonio Castro; Orchestra del Teatro dell'Opera di Roma
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VeniceAida

Verdi: Aida
Riccardo Frizza; Bepi Morassi; Teatro La Fenice; Orchestra del Teatro La Fenice; Coro del Teatro La Fenice; Irene Roberts; Francesco Meli
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Lamb to the slaughter(house): rare outing for 1857 Simon Boccanegra

Boccanegra butchered in Parma? Only in the sense that director Valentina Carrasca sets the opera in an abattoir... 
****1
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Reverence and beauty in Mariotti’s Verdi Requiem in Parma

A Verdi Festival account where the orchestral detail registers with true distinction and the singing impresses. 
****1
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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.
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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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