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Performer: Saimir Pirgu

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ZürichLes Contes d'HoffmannNew production

Les Contes d'Hoffmann
Offenbach: Les Contes d'Hoffmann (The Tales of Hoffmann)
Antonino Fogliani; Andreas Homoki; Zurich Opera; Wolfgang Gussmann; Saimir Pirgu; Katrina Galka

ZürichMadama Butterfly

© T+T / Toni Suter
Puccini: Madama Butterfly
Marco Armiliato; Ted Huffman; Zurich Opera; Michael Levine; Annemarie Woods; Ana María Martínez; Saimir Pirgu

ViennaChristmas in Vienna

Vienna Radio Symphony Orchestra; Sascha Goetzel; Wiener Singakademie; Wiener Sängerknaben; Camilla Nylund; Margarita Gritskova
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BarcelonaAVAILABLE IN SPAIN ONLY: Roméo et Juliette

Gounod: Roméo et Juliette
Josep Pons; Stephen Lawless; Gran Teatre del Liceu; Aida Garifullina; Saimir Pirgu; Tara Erraught; David Alegret
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A granitic Beethoven 9 from Muti in Salzburg

Riccardo Muti © Salzburg Festival | Marco Borrelli
“Go big or go home” could easily have been the motto of this summer’s festival. Muti didn’t just go big. He went huge. 
***11
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A blast of a Berlin Bohème in Hollywood

Saimir Pirgu (Rodolfo) and Marina Costa-Jackson (Mimì) © Cory Weaver
Barrie Kosky's stark, spare La bohème gave it a rare spark of humanity focused on Marina Costa-Jackson's haunting Mimì, whose existence became the central focus even when she wasn't singing.
*****
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A gleefully diabolical Damnation of Faust in Birmingham

Edward Gardner © Benjamin Ealovega
Edward Gardner conducts a richly entertaining account of Berlioz's masterpiece in Birmingham
*****
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A sophisticated new Butterfly directed by Ferzan Ozpetek in Naples

Evgenia Muraveva (Cio-Cio-San) © Luciano Romano
Turkish-Italian director Ferzan Ozpetek stages this new production of Madama Butterfly at Teatro San Carlo in Naples with a fine, penetrating approach.
***11
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A solid, dramatic staging for Rigoletto in Naples

Saimir Pirgu (The Duke of Mantua) and Nino Surguladze (Maddalena) © Francesco Squeglia
A trusty and convincing version of the masterpiece, with a cast of well-matched singers.
****1
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Simplicity the key to new Butterfly in Zurich

Svetlana Aksenova (Cio-Cio-San) © Toni Suter | T+T Fotografie
Apparently, the composer himself was a notorious cheater, we can assume that some of the unsavoury themes of his 1904 opera “Madame Butterfly” were close to the bone.
****1
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