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Performer: Sara Mingardo

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AmsterdamPergolesi's Stabat Mater and Scarlatti's Messa di Santa Cecilia

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Pergolesi, Scarlatti
Giulio Prandi; Coro e Orchestra Ghislieri; Robin Johannsen; Sara Mingardo
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Castellucci’s makeover of Mozart’s Requiem at the Adelaide Festival

Mozart's Requiem © Tony Lewis

A work designed to be performed in church has become a dramatic music theatre event that captured and held me enthralled throughout in a meditation on both death and life.

****1
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Handel at La Scala, and it's a sensation

Danielle de Niese (Cleopatra) © Brescia & Amisano | Teatro alla Scala
Carsen's modern mise en scène of Handel's opera did not stand out for originality, but for finesse and elegance and that was substantially appreciated by the audience.
****1
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Spectacular Strauss from the RTÉ NSO

Nathalie Stutzmann © Simon Fowler
Two contraltos in one room is a high concentration of contraltos; except that one of them appeared in the role of conductor.
*****
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Sara Mingardo leads a strong cast in Hamburg Ulisse

Sara Mingardo (Penelope) © Monika Rittershaus
Willy Decker's production, presented in Zürich in 2014, is revived at the Hamburgische Staatsoper with most of the same cast
****1
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Rare and witty: Vivaldi's Dario in Turin

L'incoronazione di Dario © Teatro Regio Torino | Ramella&Giannese
As always in the librettos of the time, the historical events are just a weak excuse to stage timeless stories of jealousy, struggle for power, sexual desire – the ingredients in today's television series.
****1
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Death be not proud: Stutzmann conducts Strauss and Mozart

Nathalie Stutzmann © Simon Fowler
Reflections on mortality provided by the French contralto Nathalie Stutzmann conducting the London Philharmonic Orchestra and Choir in two works by Richard Strauss and Mozart.
***11
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