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Performer: Robert Pomakov

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ZürichAmerikaNew production

Amerika
Haubenstock-Ramati: Amerika
Gabriel Feltz; Sebastian Baumgarten; Zurich Opera; Christina Schmitt; Paul Curievici; Mojca Erdmann
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Alone and in love: Christoph Loy’s compelling new Onegin in Oslo

Svetlana Aksenova (Tatyana) and Audun Iversen (Onegin) © Erik Berg
Chrisoph Loy's new Oslo production of Eugene Onegin only somewhat succeeds in its desire to create a meditation on loneliness, but superb musical performances still make it an utterly compelling piece of music theatre.
****1
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Crisper, tighter, more relevant: Alden's Rigoletto at the COC

Roland Wood (Rigoletto) © Michael Cooper
Christopher Alden’s production of Verdi’s Rigoletto returned to Toronto tighter, more focussed and with fewer dramatic incongruities. Add to this that every aspect of the music making was top notch and it made for a fine evening at the theatre.
****1
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SF Opera opens new season with Andrea Chénier

Andrea Chénier returns to San Francisco Opera after a long absence, in Sir David McVicar's realistic production. 
*****
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Cold Mountain: Higdon's maiden operatic voyage

There was a nod to John Adams in the score, but also a kind of edgy Americana, complete with powerful writing for male chorus, and an attempt to communicate the flavor of rural North Carolina, not far from where Higdon grew up.
****1
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Santa Fe Rigoletto offers a gimmick-free Mantua

Quinn Kelsey's Rigoletto is commanding, emotional and complex. His bass-baritone has all the qualities you could ask for – darkness and light.
****1
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À Bastille, Bob Wilson tire les fils de Madame Butterfly

Ana María Martínez (Cio-Cio San) © Opéra national de Paris / Svetlana Loboff
 À Bastille, nouvelle reprise de Madame Butterfly dans la mise en scène historique de Robert Wilson. On adore ou on abhorre ; en tout cas, le plateau et l'orchestre font l'unanimité.
***11
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