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Performer: Ursula Patzak

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Verdi: Falstaff
James Gaffigan; Mario Martone; Palau de Les Arts Reina Sofia; Margherita Palli; Ursula Patzak; Ambrogio Maestri; Ainhoa Arteta
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RomeThe Bassarids

Henze: The Bassarids
Stefan Soltész; Mario Martone; Teatro dell'Opera di Roma; Sergio Tramonti; Ursula Patzak; Russell Braun; Ladislav Elgr
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Sir John Falstaff as a Berliner in Mario Martone’s Staatsoper staging

Falstaff © Matthias Baus (2018)
Zubin Mehta leads a great cast in a revival of a successful production of Verdi's Falstaff at the Staatsoper in Berlin
****1
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Gergiev conducts a grandiose Khovanshchina at La Scala

Evgenia Muraveva (Emma) and Mikhail Petrenko (Khovansky) © Marco Brescia & Rudy Amisano | Teatro alla Scala
In Khovanshchina, even more so than in Boris Godunov, the chorus is the chief protagonist and the La Scala chorus was truly astonishing.
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A great cast for Anna Bolena in Rome

Maria Agresta (Anna Bolena) © Yasuko Kageyama | Opera di Roma

Riccardo Frizza conducts a complete version of Donizetti’s masterpiece, with the debuts of Maria Agresta in the title role, Carmela Remigio as Giovanna Seymour and René Barbera as Percy. 

****1
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The first, forgotten Tudor Queen: Il castello di Kenilworth in Bergamo

Jessica Pratt (Elisabetta) © Gianfranco Rota
The Donizetti Opera Festival presents a rarity with a good cast of bel canto specialists in a somewhat disappointing production.
***11
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Falstaff at the Festtage

Michael Volle (Sir John Falstaff) © Matthias Baus
Michael Volle makes his debut as Verdi's not-so-Fat Knight in Mario Martone's new production at the Staatsoper. 
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Tradition triumphs at La Scala

Anna Netrebko (Maddalena) and Yusif Eyvazov (Andrea Chénier) © Brescia/Amisano | Teatro alla Scala
The big season opener at La Scala offers few surprises in a traditional staging, although Yusif Eyvazov proved his worth in the title role. 
***11
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