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Performer: Simone Piazzola

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MilanLa bohème

Puccini: La bohème
Paolo Carignani; Franco Zeffirelli; Teatro alla Scala; Giorgio Berrugi; Charles Castronovo
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Davide Livermore's La Scala Attila travels to Sydney

Taras Berezhansky (Attila) © Prudence Upton
Livermore updates the scene to the 1930s, but seems to be setting Mussolini's Italians against invading Germans. 
***11
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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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