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Roberto Alagna, Tenor

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Crossing borders: Roberto Alagna

Roberto Alagna (Eleazar, La Juive, Bayerische Staatsoper 2016) © Stella Orion
Ahead of Vienna's première of Il trovatore, the tenor who crosses borders between France and Italy, opera and popular song, spoke to us about the roles of Manrico and Cyrano, being a gypsy, a hero, returning to Italy, about family and more.
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ViennaSamson et DalilaNew production

Elīna Garanča (Dalila) and Roberto Alagna (Samson) © Wiener Staatsoper | Michael Pöhn
Saint-Saëns: Samson et Dalila (Samson and Delilah)
Marco Armiliato; Alexandra Liedtke; Vienna State Opera; Raimund Orfeo Voigt; Su Bühler; Elīna Garanča; Roberto Alagna

ParisSamson et Dalila

Saint-Saëns: Samson et Dalila (Samson and Delilah)
Bertrand de Billy; Marie-Nicole Lemieux; Roberto Alagna; Kwangchul Youn; Laurent Naouri

BerlinAndrea Chénier

Giordano: Andrea Chénier
Giampaolo Maria Bisanti; John Dew; Deutsche Oper Berlin; Peter Sykora; José Manuel Vázquez; Roberto Alagna; Roman Burdenko

ParisIl trovatore

Verdi: Il trovatore
Maurizio Benini; Àlex Ollé; Opéra de Paris; Alfons Flores; Lluc Castells; Željko Lučić; Gabriele Viviani

BayreuthLohengrin

Wagner: Lohengrin
Christian Thielemann; Yuval Sharon; Neo Rauch; Rosa Loy; Georg Zeppenfeld; Roberto Alagna
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Softly awakes my cold, cold heart: Samson et Dalila

Elīna Garanča (Dalila) and Roberto Alagna (Samson) © Wiener Staatsoper | Michael Pöhn
Saint-Saëns' exotic dip into the Bible is given a cool update in Alexandra Liedtke's new production at the Wiener Staatsoper.
***11
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Alagna shines as murky Cav and exciting Pag reappear at The Met

Roberto Alagna (Canio) in Pagliacci © Ken Howard | Metropolitan Opera
David McVicar's uninspiring Cavalleria rusticana remains problematic, but a strong Pagliacci leaves the New York audience gasping. 
****1
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A triumphant new Trovatore in Vienna

Roberto Alagna (Manrico) © Wiener Staatsoper GmbH | Michael Pöhn
Vienna stages an all-star new production of Verdi's classic, with sublime singing in Daniele Abbado's Spanish Civil War setting.
*****
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Kristine Opolais breaks hearts in Met's Madama Butterfly

Kristine Opolais (Cio-Cio-San) © Marty Sohl | Metropolitan Opera
Anthony Minghella's Madama Butterfly is still one of the best productions running at the Met at the moment, and Kristine Opolais was the dramatic star of the evening.
****1
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Work in progress: Met’s Manon Lescaut

Kristine Opolais (Manon) and Roberto Alagna (Des Grieux) © Ken Howard | Metropolitan Opera
The Met's new production of Manon Lescaut with Kristine Opolais and Roberto Alagna has great potential to be successful musically, but the production is mixed at best.
***11
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