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The Queen is back: Semiramide in Pesaro

Salome Jicia (Semiramide) © Studio Amati Bacciardi
Michele Mariotti triumphs in Rossini’s masterpiece with a good cast led by Salome Jicia and a new production, only partially successful.
****1
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Korngold's Die tote Stadt at La Scala for the first time: a triumph

Die Tote Stadt, Teatro alla Scala © Brescia/Amisano | Teatro alla Scala
The wealth of visual images displayed by director Graham Vick goes with the extraordinary richness of Korngold's music.
****1
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Vick's new Magic Flute opens the Macerata festival

Guido Loconsolo (Papageno) and Valentina Mastrangelo (Pamina) © Alfredo Tabocchini
The Magic Flute's roots in popular theatre come through most strongly throughout Vick's production, which sparkles with a wealth of witty detail. But treatment of the work's socio-political undercurrents doesn't work nearly as well.
***11
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Vick finds modern relevance in Cavalli's Hipermestra

Emőke Baráth (Hipermestra) © Tristram Kenton
The advantage of staging a rare opera such as Cavalli's Hipermestra at Glyndebourne this year is that the director can work with a blank canvas without audience’s preconceptions.
****1
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Elegiac decline of a poet: Death in Venice

Paul Nilon (Aschenbach) and Rauand Taleb (Tadzio) © Marcus Lieberenz
Benjamin Britten's Death in Venice at the Deutsche Oper Berlin in an outstanding new production by Graham Vick and Donald Runnicles.
****1
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