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Performer: Stephen Costello

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MadridLa bohème

Puccini: La bohème
Paolo Carignani; Richard Jones; Teatro Real; Stewart Laing; Stephen Costello; Anita Hartig
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Transcendental spheres: dancing Verdi’s Messa da Requiem in Zurich

Christian Spuck revisits Verdi’s sublime Messa da Requiem with a host of gifted dancers and singers at the Zurich Opernhaus.
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Staging on steroids: Verdi’s Rigoletto in Bregenz

Here was the much-loved three-act opera Rigoletto, yes, but chances are, it was one far beyond Verdi’s wildest dreams.
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Crisper, tighter, more relevant: Alden's Rigoletto at the COC

Christopher Alden’s production of Verdi’s Rigoletto returned to Toronto tighter, more focussed and with fewer dramatic incongruities. Add to this that every aspect of the music making was top notch and it made for a fine evening at the theatre.
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Met hits the jackpot with revival of its Vegas Rigoletto

The gambling tables and neon lights of Las Vegas might not be the images which immediately enter your head when you think of Verdi’s Rigoletto, but bold art is often created and progressed by the pushing of boundaries and by challenging audiences to reimagine the familiar.
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One eye wet and the other dry

It would be no exaggeration to say Franz Hawlata stole the show, an act of grand larceny made all the more remarkable by the strong cast which shared the stage.
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Returning to the crime scene: Royal Opera's Lucia

A new cast arrives for Katie Mitchell's gothic Lucia di Lammermoor – and, despite caveats about the staging, deliver some excellent performances. 
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