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Performer: Violeta Urmana

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BerlinDie Verlobung im Kloster

Prokofiev: Betrothal in a Monastery
Alexander Vitlin; Dmitri Tcherniakov; Staatsoper Berlin; Elena Zaytseva; Stephan Rügamer; Andrey Zhilikhovsky

MilanIl trovatoreNew production

Verdi: Il trovatore
Nicola Luisotti; Alvis Hermanis; Teatro alla Scala; Eva Dessecker; Massimo Cavalletti; Liudmyla Monastyrska

HamburgElektraNew production

Strauss R.: Elektra
Kent Nagano; Dmitri Tcherniakov; Hamburg State Opera; Elena Zaytseva; Elena Pankratova; Violeta Urmana

MilanUn ballo in mascheraNew production

Verdi: Un ballo in maschera
Zubin Mehta; Gabriele Salvatores; Teatro alla Scala; Gianmaurizio Fercioni; Fabio Sartori; Luca Salsi

SalzburgVienna Philharmonic · Nelsons

Mahler: Symphony no. 3 in D minor
Vienna Philharmonic; Wolfgang Götz; Violeta Urmana; Salzburg Festival Children's Choir; Howard Arman; Bavarian Radio Symphony Choir
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Piety and violence in San Carlo's Cavalleria rusticana

Marcelo Álvarez (Turiddu) and Violeta Urmana (Santuzza) © Luciano Romano
Notwithstanding director Pippo Delbono's narcissistic excesses, his staging confirmed itself as effective and penetrating.
****1
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Champagne without the fizz: Tcherniakov's Betrothal in a Monastery

Lauri Vasar, Goran Jurić, Violeta Urmana, Aida Garifullina (Luisa) und Bogdan Volkov © Ruth and Martin Walz
The Russian director's role play production of Prokofiev's comedy falls flat at the Staatsoper.
***11
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The healing power of faith: Dvořák‘s Stabat Mater in Boston

Andris Nelsons and soloists with the Boston Symphony © Winslow Townson
Andris Nelsons leads a moving performance of Dvořák’s Stabat Mater with the Boston Symphony and Tanglewood Festival Chorus. 
*****
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Boulanger, Debussy and Puccini with Nelsons, Opolais, and the BSO

Kristine Opolais in Puccini's Suor Angelica with the BSO © Winslow Townson
The Boston Symphony Orchestra led by Andris Nelsons performs Boulanger, Debussy and Puccini. 
****1
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A guilty pleasure: Zeffirelli's Aida at La Scala

Krassimira Stoyanova (Aida), Fabio Sartori (Radamès) and George Gagnidze (Amonasro) © Brescia & Amisano | Teatro alla Scala
You feel you ought not to approve of such directorial extravagance, but catch yourself being drawn into the grand pageant. 
****1
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