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Performer: Vitalij Kowaljow

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ZürichDon Carlo

© Judith Schlosser
Verdi: Don Carlo(s)
Sir Mark Elder; Sven-Eric Bechtolf; Zurich Opera; Rolf Glittenberg; Marianne Glittenberg; Vitalij Kowaljow; Marcelo Álvarez

BrisbaneThe Ring Cycle: Das Rheingold

Wagner: Das Rheingold
Philippe Auguin; Chen Shi-Zheng; Opera Australia; Anita Yavich; Vitalij Kowaljow; Warwick Fyfe

BrisbaneThe Ring Cycle: Die Walküre

Wagner: Die Walküre
Philippe Auguin; Chen Shi-Zheng; Opera Australia; Anita Yavich; Vitalij Kowaljow; Allison Oakes
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Nabucco marks a successful debut of Saioa Hernández as Abigaille

Saioa Hernández (Abigaille) © Semperoper Dresden | Ludwig Olah
Saioa Hernández leads a solid cast in Dresden in a somewhat disappointing new production by David Bösch.

***11
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Off-the-mark Iolanta, but a terrifying Bluebeard at the Met

Angela Denoke (Judith) and Gerald Finley (Bluebeard) © Marty Sohl | Metropolitan Opera
Mariusz Treliński's double bill pairing returns to the Metropolitan Opera with fine performances from Sonya Yoncheva and Gerald Finley in the leads. 
****1
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Amneris is the star of the Met's Aida revival

Dolora Zajick (Amneris) © Marty Sohl | Metropolitan Opera (2009)
This revival of the Met's 30-year-old production of Aida had a disappointing debut in the title role but Dolora Zajick's reign as Amneris is still a force of nature.
***11
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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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Christian Thielemann's Staatskapelle Dresden excels in Siegfried

Gerhard Siegel (Mime) and Andreas Schager (Siegfried) © Klaus Gigga
The third installment of Semperoper Dresden’s Ring des Nibelungen cycle ups the ante with an outstanding ensemble performance.
****1
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Valkyries scramble over theatre seats

Vitalij Kowaljow (Wotan) and Petra Lang (Brünnhilde) © Klaus Gigga
Christian Thielemann and the Staatskapelle Dresden orchestra are let down by sub-optimal singers in Willy Deckers chair-laden production of  Die Walküre
***11
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