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ComposerRossini, Gioachino (1792-1868)
PeriodRomantic
Year1816
Work typeOpera / Oratorio
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Damp squibs prevent ETO's Rossini: Fireworks! from taking off

Elena Xanthoudakis © William Knight
ETO's extracts from Rossini's serious operas at the Hackney Empire lacked spark and dynamism, but saw a fine showing from Elena Xanthoudakis and Catherine Carby.
***11
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Rossini's Otello returns to its birthplace in Naples

Suggesting that Otello was a migrant, like modern refugees, was not a great staging idea for a production which could count on an high-rate vocal cast.
****1
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Flimm's painterly Rossini Otello at La Scala

After an absence of 145 years, Teato alla Scala staged Gioachino Rossini's Otello in a painterly Jürgen Flimm production, sparse set inspired by conversations with Anselm Kiefer.
***11
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A stormy reception for Rossini's Otello in Paris

Verdi’s Otello opens with a fierce storm raging over Cyprus. In Rossini’s version, composed 71 years earlier in 1816, the composer eschewed the Cypriot setting entirely and the storm doesn’t take place until Act III, although last night a mighty crack of thunder resounded over the Théâtre des Champs-Élysées as the audience filed into the opera house. 
****1
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Venice - six scenes, ten young singers.

A split-level stage featuring an ornate stairwell and scaffolding was the setting for this the tenth Jette Parker Young Artists’ Summer Performance. Entitled ‘Veneziana’, the specially compiled programme embodied the visions of Venice dreamt by Rossini, Donizetti, Britten and Offenbach in six sets of Opera Scenes.
***11
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