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Performer: Stefano Mazzonis di Pralafera

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Under the eye of Horus: Aida in Liège

Elaine Alvarez (Aida) © Opéra Royal de Wallonie-Liège
Stefano Mazzonis di Pralafera's staging for Opéra Royal de Wallonie-Liège is stolid in direction, but Speranza Scappucci breathes life into Verdi's drama from the pit. 
***11
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A “Zeffirellian” Anna Bolena in Lausanne

Shelley Jackson (Anna Bolena) © Alan Humerose

Donizetti’s masterpiece finally debuts in Lausanne, with a traditional, luxurious production and a solid cast of young singers.

***11
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I Lombardi alla prima crociata returns to Turin after 93 years

Angela Meade (Giselda, different performance) © Ramella & Giannese | Teatro Regio Torino
The director presents the story clearly enough, but apart from that, there is not much going for this production.
***11
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Tragic dignity and pathos from José Cura's Otello

José Cura (Otello) © Lorraine Wauters | Opéra Royal de Wallonie-Liège
Cura's powerful spinto tenor impressed from his opening “Esultate!” and left no doubt as to the Moor's authority.
****1
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A Verdi pilgrimage to Liège for Jérusalem

Elaine Alvarez (Hélène) and Chorus © Lorraine Wauters | Opéra Royal de Wallonie-Liège
Stefano Mazzonis di Pralafera, artistic director at the Opéra Royal de Wallonie-Liège, presents at plucky new staging of Verdi's rarely seen Jérusalem
****1
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