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Performer: Simone Piazzola

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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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Barton shines in La Favorite in Madrid

Javier Camarena and Jamie Barton © Javier del Real | Teatro Real
Jamie Barton stole the show in a lacklustre concert performance in Madrid.
***11
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