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Performer: Simone Piazzola

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MadridDon CarloNew production

Marcelo Puente (Don Carlo); Maria Agresta (Elisabetta) © Javier del Real | Teatro Real
Verdi: Don Carlo(s)
Nicola Luisotti; Sir David McVicar; Diego García Rodríguez; Robert Jones; Brigitte Reiffenstuel; Dmitry Belosselskiy

ViennaSimon Boccanegra

Verdi: Simon Boccanegra
Paolo Carignani; Peter Stein; Vienna State Opera; Stefan Mayer; Moidele Bickel; Simone Piazzola; Ferruccio Furlanetto

MadridIl pirataNew production

Il pirata
Bellini: Il pirata
Maurizio Benini; Emilio Sagi; Teatro Real; Daniel Bianco; Pepa Ojanguren; George Petean; Simone Piazzola

SydneyAttila

© Georges Antoni
Verdi: Attila
Andrea Licata; Davide Livermore; Opera Australia; Giò Forma; Gianluca Falaschi; Taras Berezhansky; Natalie Aroyan

San FranciscoErnani

Verdi: Ernani
James Gaffigan; José María Condemi; San Francisco Opera; Scott Marr; Russell Thomas; Michelle Bradley
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A disappointing new Falstaff from Laurent Pelly at the Teatro Real

Roberto De Candia (Falstaff) and Rebecca Evans (Alice) © Javier del Real | Teatro Real
Comedy fails to spark in Laurent Pelly's new production of Falstaff at the Teatro Real. 
**111
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Blue is the new Violet: an outstanding Traviata debut

Angel Blue (Violetta Valéry) © ROH | Catherine Ashmore
On her house debut, in Covent Garden's second cast of the year, Angel Blue is completely convincing as Verdi's doomed courtesan; Benjamin Bernheim is an unconventional but compelling Alfredo; Simone Piazzola a persuasive Germont père.
****1
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Rachvelishvili triumphs as Azucena in Berlin

Angela Meade (Leonora) and Annika Schlicht (Ines) © Bettina Stöß
In a dated production by Hans Neuenfels, conductor Giacomo Sagripanti leads a musically successful Trovatore, where Angela Meade and Anita Rachvelishvili show their vocal brilliance.
****1
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A traditional Il corsaro revived in Piacenza

Il corsaro at the Teatro Municipale, Piacenza © Mirella Verile
In this Verdi's popular work we find a paroxysm of affections that is consonant with Matteo Beltrami's energetic conducting.
***11
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Chailly conducts the Messa per Rossini at its Scala première

Riccardo Chailly © Teatro alla Scala
A sizeable contingent of curious musicologists and critics gathered for the Milan première. It was a gifted a performance with plenty of insights to offer.
****1
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