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Performer: Sebastian Catana

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PiacenzaLa Gioconda

Ponchielli: La Gioconda
Daniele Callegari; Federico Bertolani; Fondazione Teatri di Piacenza; Andrea Belli; Valeria Donata Bettella; Saioa Hernández; Francesco Meli

CagliariLa Ciociara (Two Women)

Tutino: La Ciociara (Two Women)
Giuseppe Finzi; Francesca Zambello; Teatro Lirico di Cagliari; Peter J. Davison; Jess Goldstein; Lavinia Bini; Anna Caterina Antonacci
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A gripping, dark, moving Rigoletto from NIO

Sebastian Catana (Rigoletto) and chorus © Patrick Redmond Photography
Since their creation in 2010, NIO has brought unconventional opera productions to Northern Ireland. Their Rigoletto is bold, emotional and engaging with a stellar cast of local and international talent.
****1
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La Gioconda in Modena

Saioa Hernández (La Gioconda) and Anna Maria Chiuri (Laura) © Rolando Paolo Guerzoni
Every time Ponchielli’s La Gioconda is staged its popular fortune is renewed, but the diffidence of the musicography also remains unchanged.
***11
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A worthy rarity: I due Foscari at the Concertgebouw

Electrifying playing under the baton of Giancarlo Andretta and a strong cast of singers convince that Verdi's I due Foscari deserves more than the occasional revival.
****1
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Nabucco launches Opera Philadelphia's season with power

During Verdi’s bicentenary month and year, it’s fitting that Opera Philadelphia kicked off its 2013/14 season with the work that Verdi himself considers as having launched his own career – Nabucco. Written at a time when Italy longed to be free of foreign rule, Verdi’s name and the expression “Viva Verdi” became synonymous with Italian nationalism and unification.
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