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Performer: Vitalij Kowaljow

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ZürichMacbeth

Verdi: Macbeth
Nicola Luisotti; Barrie Kosky; Zurich Opera; Klaus Grünberg; Klaus Bruns; Anne Kuhn

ZürichLucia di Lammermoor

Donizetti: Lucia di Lammermoor
Andrea Sanguineti; Tatjana Gürbaca; Zurich Opera; Klaus Grünberg; Silke Willrett; Anne Kuhn

HamburgLuisa Miller

Verdi: Luisa Miller
Paolo Arrivabeni; Andreas Homoki; Hamburg State Opera; Paul Zoller; Gideon Davey; Franck Evin; Philharmonisches Staatsorchester Hamburg
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Opera in maschera: Verdi's Ernani arrives in Sydney from La Scala

A mixed-bag of an evening at the Sydney Opera House, with a production of Ernani imported from La Scala failing to solve the inherent challenges of the work, despite good performances from the cast.
***11
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Nabucco marks a successful debut of Saioa Hernández as Abigaille

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

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

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

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

The third installment of Semperoper Dresden’s Ring des Nibelungen cycle ups the ante with an outstanding ensemble performance.
****1
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