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Giuseppe Pennisi

Giuseppe Pennisi is an Italian economist addicted to opera since the age of twelve. Although he has pursued a career in government, international organizations (mostly the World Bank, where he was employed for twelve years, mainly in management positions) and universities, he has also had a parallel operatic path. He has been vice-president of the Spoleto Opera Company, and is now chairman of the Cultural Economics Committee in the Italian Ministry of Culture and Antiquities. He is also a member of the National Council on Cultural Policies. He has written nearly twenty books on economics (one in the form of an opera libretto), and reviews opera regularly for the daily paper Il Foglio, the weekly Milano Finanza, the monthly Musica and the news and comments agency Il Velino.

Music & Vision articles by Giuseppe Pennisi

Giuseppe Pennisi explores the mesmerising aural world of John Adams

Giuseppe Pennisi attends the inaugural concert of The Rome International Festival of Sacred Music and Art

Graham Vick's 'The Marriage of Figaro' in Rome

Haydn's oratorio begins one of Rome's major concert seasons

Leonard Bernstein's 'West Side Story' begins Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia's season

Giuseppe Pennisi was at the opening of Teatro dell'Opera di Roma's autumn season

Giuseppe Pennisi was expecting a graduate performance of Monteverdi, but experienced a masterpiece

'Attila' at the Verdi Festival

Giuseppe Pennisi experiences 'Le Trouvère', the last operatic staging in Parma's Teatro Farnese

'Un Giorno di Regno' in Busseto

Giuseppe Pennisi reports from the 2018 Verdi Festival

Gaspare Spontini's 'Le metamorfosi di Pasquale'

Giuseppe Pennisi reports from the Sagra Musicale Umbra Festival

'Il Trittico' at the Puccini Festival

Giovanni Pacini's 'Il Convitato di Pietra'

Pier Luigi Pizzi's new 'Barber of Seville' enthralls the Rossini Opera Festival

Rossini's 'Adina' in Pesaro

'Ricciardo e Zoriade' at the Rossini Opera Festival

Tchaikovsky's 'The Queen of Spades' at Salzburg

Giuseppe Pennisi reports on the Salzburg Festival Young Conductors Award

Mozart's 'Die Zauberflöte' at the Salzburg Summer Festival

A homage to Beat Furrer in Salzburg

Giuseppe Pennisi sends his first report from the Salzburg Summer Festival

Giuseppe Pennisi was at Rome's Terme di Caracalla for a new production of Prokofiev's ballet

Orchestral music by Toshio Hosokawa. 'The interpreters ... are high level and accustomed to working with Hosokawa and his music.'

Music from Japan and Portugal at Rome's 'Opus' Festival

'La Traviata' in 'La Dolce Vita'

Two summer concerts on an evening in Rome

Puccini's 'La bohème' in Rome

Opera North enthralls the audience at the Ravenna Festival in Cole Porter's 'Kiss me Kate'

Giuseppe Pennisi visits Bologna for a very political 'Don Carlo'

Adriano Guarnieri's new opera at the Maggio Musicale Fiorentino

Kenneth McMillan's ballet on Massenet's music arrives in Rome, enthralling Giuseppe Pennisi

A Hindemith and Mascagni double bill in Cagliari

Giuseppe Pennisi was in the audience for the first performance in Rome of Benjamin Britten's 'Billy Budd'

Hindemith's 'Cardillac' at the Maggio Musicale Fiorentino

Giuseppe Pennisi talks to Francesco Giambrone, Superindent of Teatro Massimo di Palermo

Giuseppe Pennisi attends a special Opera Domani performance

Dmitri Shostakovich's 'Lady Macbeth of the Mtsensk District' in Naples

Riccardo Zandonai's 'Francesca da Rimini' at La Scala

'I Puritani in Palermo'

A mixed reception for 'Cav and Pag' at Teatro dell'Opera

Wagner's 'Der fliegende Holländer' at the Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia in Rome

Constantinos Carydis conducts Russian and Greek music in Rome, impressing Giuseppe Pennisi

A triptych of modern ballets

Poulenc's 'Dialogues des Carmélites' in Bologna

Stravinsky's 'A Soldier's Tale'

Contrasting Busoni and Puccini in Cagliari

Giuseppe Pennisi is moved by Richard Strauss and Schoenberg played by the Stradivari Sextet

Giuseppe Pennisi is more impressed by the musical than the visual aspects of Donizetti's 'La favorite' in Florence

Giuseppe Pennisi is impressed with the first performance of Marco Tutino's 'Miseria e Nobilità'

A new production of Bellini's 'La Sonnambula'

French Carnival Operettas in Venice

Giuseppe Pennisi listens to Messiaen in Rome

Lisa Batiashvili plays Prokofiev

Giuseppe Pennisi samples a concert series marking the one hundredth anniversary of the French composer's death

Lalo and Pink Floyd ballets in Rome

Giuseppe Pennisi listens to Bernardo Pasquini's 'La Sete di Cristo'

Giuseppe Pennisi describes the recent performance history of Rossini's 'William Tell' and reviews Palermo's 2018 production

Giuseppe Pennisi describes the stormy reaction to Verdi's 'I Masnadieri'

Valery Gergiev conducts Tchaikovsky's 'Iolanta', impressing Giuseppe Pennisi

Kodály, Glass and Bruckner

Giuseppe Pennisi listens to music by Giacinto Scelsi

An anthology of twentieth century music

Berlioz's 'La damnation de Faust' at Teatro dell'Opera di Roma,

Lisa Batiashvili plays Tchaikovsky's Violin Concerto, and Giuseppe Pennisi is impressed

La Scala revives 'Andrea Chénier', reviewed via live HD projection

The Joy of Marionette Operas

Early twentieth century French music by Ibert, Saint Saëns, Debussy and Ravel

Marco Tutino's 'La Ciociara' comes to Italy and

Giuseppe Pennisi writes about three operas on the brink of the twentieth century, performed as a cycle in Ravenna

Giuseppe Pennisi describes the opening of Teatro dell'Opera di Roma's new ballet season, with a new version of Ludwig Minkus' work, creating a stylised and colorful fairytale world

The first performance of Salvatore Sciarrino's 'Ti vedo, ti sento, mi perdo'

Giuseppe Pennisi experiences two very different performances

Salvatore Sciarrino's opera 'Superflumina'

Giuseppe Pennisi attends one of Stefano Belisari's last performances as Elio e le Storie Tese, in one of Mozart's most mysterious and ambiguous operas

Giuseppe Pennisi on Puccini's 'La fanciulla del West' in Cagliari

Giuseppe Pennisi visits Florence, where the audience is enthralled by the first performance there of Puccini's 'La Rondine'

Gaetano Donizetti's 'Pia de' Tolomei' in Pisa, but on its way to Charleston, South Carolina

Daniel Auber's 'Fra Diavolo' is back in Rome

Szymanowski's 'Król Roger'

An opera about the Italian theoretical physicist Ettore Majorana

Giuseppe Pennisi returns to the 2017 Verdi Festival

'Jérusalem' at the 2017 Verdi Festival

Giuseppe Pennisi listens to Russian orchestral music at the George Enescu Festival

Paul Hindemith's 'Mathis der Maler' at the Enescu Festival in Bucharest

A Roland Petit soirée at Opera di Roma

Two concerts in Salzburg impress Giuseppe Pennisi

Alban Berg from Salzburg

Handel's 'Ariodante' at Salzburg

Giuseppe Pennisi reports on Shostakovich's 'Lady Macbeth of the Mtsensk District'

Aribert Reimann's 'Lear' at Salzburg

Rossini's 'Torvaldo e Dorliska'

Giuseppe Pennisi comments on Rossini's 'La Pietra di Paragone' in Pesaro

Giuseppe Pennisi reports on the first performance of the original version of Rossini's 'Siege of Corinth'

Giuseppe Pennisi reports from the Macerata Opera Festival

Giuseppe Pennisi reports from Teatro dell'Opera di Roma

Carlo Boccadoro's chamber opera 'Shi', based on Matteo Ricci's Jesuit mission in China,

'La Rondine' at the Puccini Opera Festival

A new 'Turandot' at the Puccini Festival

Giuseppe Pennisi was in Siena for the Chigiana Award concert

A new production of 'Carmen' stirs a mini-International Controversy

Giuseppe Pennisi samples the two themes at this summer's Ravenna Festival

Giuseppe Pennisi reports on the new production of 'Salome' in Leipzig

'Die Frau ohne Schatten' at the Strauss Festival in Leipzig

'Arabella' from Festival Strauss in Leipzig

Rossini's 'Il viaggio a Reims' in Rome

Verdi in Sardinia

Giuseppe Pennisi reports on a trendy concert series in Rome

Benjamin Britten's 'Peter Grimes' in Bologna

'Lulu' lands in Rome after fifty years

Lyric Verdi, and a great success, but in some ways a 'Don Carlo' of losers at the Maggio Musicale Fiorentino,

Giuseppe Pennisi discusses operas representing intrigues which couldn't be discussed in public

William Walton's 'Façade' in Rome, alongside a symphony by Alfredo Casella

Giordano's 'Andrea Chénier' returns to the Teatro dell'Opera after more than forty years, impressing Giuseppe Pennisi

Antonio Pappano's St John Passion

Richard Strauss' 'Elektra', back in Naples,

Donizetti's 'Maria Stuarda' in Rome

Vladimir Jurowski conducts Zemlinsky and Mahler

Giuseppe Pennisi listens to Yuri Bashmet and his Moscow Soloists ensemble

The Eight Seasons of Vivaldi and Piazzolla. '... Yury Revich is a superb soloist, a real virtuoso with tremendous imagination and a splendid use of his instrument.'

Tchaikovsky's 'The Enchantress'

Janácek's 'Kát'a Kabanová' in Turin

Giuseppe Pennisi listens to Robert Schumann's oratorio 'Das Paradies und die Peri'

Giuseppe Pennisi watches and listens to Tchaikovsky's 'Sleeping Beauty'

Giuseppe Pennisi experiences a different 'Sleeping Beauty', Ottorino Respighi's 'La Bella Addormentata nel Bosco', at the Lyric Theatre in Cagliari

Giuseppe Pennisi visits Venice, one of Richard Wagner's favourite cities

Verdi's 'Macbeth' in Palermo

Giuseppe Pennisi was in the audience at Teatro dell'Opera di Roma

Leonardo Vinci and Pietro Metastasio's 'Didone Abbandonata'

'Die Fledermaus' on Twelfth Night

Giuseppe Pennisi reports from Rome

Giuseppe Pennisi reports on Christmas concerts in the Holy Land

Giuseppe Pennisi reports on Verdi from Cagliari

Giuseppe Pennisi was at La Scala for the start of the new season in Milan

A strong production of Rossini's 'Otello' opens Teatro San Carlo's new season in Naples

'Tristan und Isolde' at Teatro dell'Opera di Roma enthralls Giuseppe Pennisi

Giuseppe Pennisi listens to Patricia Kopatchcinskaja and the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra

'La Liberazione di Ruggiero dall'Isola di Alcina' by the almost forgotten Francesca Caccini

The first performance in modern times of Bellini's 'Adelson e Salvini'

Giuseppe Pennisi reviews the first performance of Filippo Perocco's opera 'Aquagranda'

Janácek's 'Jenufa' in Palermo

Beethoven's 'Fidelio'

Giuseppe Pennisi visits Ravenna for a trilogy of Danube stage works

Giuseppe Pennisi reviews Verdi in Rome

Giuseppe Pennisi experiences Camille Saint-Saëns' opera 'Proserpine' in Munich

Giuseppe Pennisi enjoys the baroque show 'Aria' in Rome

'Giovanna D'Arco' in the Farnese Theater

Giuseppe Pennisi visits the revitalised Verdi Festival in Parma for 'Don Carlo'

Tchaikovsky in Rome

Contrasting concerts at the Sagra Musicale Umbra

Giuseppe Pennisi's first of two reports from the Sagra Musicale Umbra

Henry Purcell, arranged by Atilio Cremonesi

Giuseppe Pennisi attends two first performances at the Pergolesi Spontini Festival in Jesi

Giuseppe Pennisi compares La Fenice's Bellini revival with an earlier production in Naples

France at the Festival of Nations

'Il Turco in Italia' and 'Ciro in Babilonia' at the Rossini Opera Festival

Giuseppe Pennisi visits the Rossini Opera Festival in Pesaro for an original and moving 'La Donna del Lago'

Giuseppe Pennisi's last report from this year's Salzburg Festival features a new production of Mozart's 'Così fan tutte'

Giuseppe Pennisi gets a rare chance to hear Richard Strauss' 'Der Liebe der Danae'

Spiritual and religious music at the Salzburg Festival

Giuseppe Pennisi, reporting from Salzburg, finds the first performance of Thomas Adès' new opera 'The Exterminating Angel' even more engrossing than Luis Bunuel

Giuseppe Pennisi reports from Siena's Chigiana International Festival

Giuseppe Pennisi experiences a double 'Barber of Seville' in Rome

Giuseppe Pennisi was in the audience in Rome

Mozart's 'Così fan tutte'

Giuseppe Pennisi is impressed by Donizetti's religious opera 'Linda di Chamounix'

Salvatore Sciarrino's 'Luci mie traditrici', one of the most performed contemporary operas, finally reaches a major Italian opera house

Giuseppe Pennisi assesses three works at a contemporary music festival in Rome

A new production of 'La traviata' in Rome

'Albert Herring' in Florence

Giuseppe Pennisi investigates a Puccini production with one hundred and fifty performances in twelve months

Giordano's 'La cena delle beffe'

The new critical edition of Puccini's 'La Fanciulla del West'

Tchaikovsky's 'Iolanta' in Florence

A concert in memory of the Italian conductor

Puccini's 'Il Trittico' as seen by Michieletto and Rustioni

Alfredo Casella's fairy tale 'La Donna Serpente'

Giuseppe Pennisi visits the Printemps des Arts Festival

Respighi's 'Sunken Bell' in Cagliari

Berlioz's 'Benvenuto Cellini'

Giuseppe Pennisi visits Pisa for Arrigo Boito's 'Mefistofele'

Mahler's 'Creation'

Stravinsky's 'Oedipus Rex'

Eleonora Abbagnato's 'Four Great Choreographers' at Teatro dell'Opera di Roma

Giuseppe Pennisi visits Naples

The first of three new 'Barber of Seville' productions marking the opera's bicentenary

Giuseppe Pennisi reviews Hervé's 'Les Chevaliers de la Table Ronde'

Handel's 'Il Trionfo del Tempo e del Disinganno'

Wagner's 'Götterdämmerung' ends the Palermo 'Ring' cycle

Rossini's 'La Cenerentola' in Rome

Special concerts in Rome

Giuseppe Pennisi visits the big screen in Rome

Unusual ballet productions in Italy

Teatro Massimo di Palermo's 'Siegfried'

Christmas music in Rome

Verdi's 'Giovanna D'Arco' at La Scala

Hans Werner Henze's 'The Bassarids'

Mozart's 'Idomeneo'

Donizetti's 'Don Pasquale'

Richard Strauss' 'Elektra' in Bologna

Giuseppe Pennisi samples The Vatican's recent festival of sacred music and art

Antonio Pappano's 'Beethoven and the Contemporaries'

Alban Berg's 'Wozzeck' at La Scala

Giuseppe Pennisi experiences a new dance in Rome

Symphonies, cantatas and concertos by J S Bach

'The Rise and Fall of the City of Mahagonny' by Kurt Weill and Bertolt Brecht

The first in a series of orchestral concerts in Rome

The Tallis Scholars celebrate Arvo Pärt's eightieth birthday at Italy's Sagra Musicale Umbra

German operas at the Enescu Festival in Bucharest

Giuseppe Pennisi reports from Bucharest

Giuseppe Pennisi reviews John Adams' opera 'I Was looking at the Ceiling and Then I Saw the Sky'

Giuseppe Pennisi was present when La Scala Philharmonic Orchestra visited Rome

Giuseppe Pennisi visits the Rossini Opera Festival in Pesaro

Opera at the Salzburg Summer Festival

Giuseppe Pennisi continues his reports from the Salzburg Summer Festival

Wolfgang Rihm's 'Die Eroberung von Mexico'

Giuseppe Pennisi attended the Chigiana International Festival in Siena

Puccini operas in Rome

Giuseppe Pennisi visits Aix-en-Provence for three operas and an orchestral concert

Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia's Gershwin Gala, attended

Tchaikovsky's 'Queen of Spades' appeals to Giuseppe Pennisi

Alessandro Solbiati's 'Il Suono Giallo'

Giuseppe Pennisi visits Ravenna to hear Pierre Boulez, Adriano Guarnieri and Nicola Piovani

Giorgio Battistelli's new opera for Expo Milano 2015

Giorgio Strehler's 'Marriage of Figaro' finally reaches Rome

Mozart's 'The Magic Flute' from Bologna

Myung-Whun Chung returns to Rome to conduct Beethoven and Mahler

Manfred Honeck conducts Mozart and Mahler

Maggio Musicale Fiorentino's 'Fidelio' is performed under difficult conditions, described

Giuseppe Pennisi describes an intimate 'Aida' in Rome

'Jenufa' at the Teatro Comunale di Bologna

Music by the French composer George Onslow

'Euridice' according to Salvatore Sciarrino

Giuseppe Pennisi attends a memorial to Luca Ronconi

Printemps des Arts de Monte Carlo

The French ensemble Les Paladins

Giuseppe Pennisi reports from Rome

Mozart's 'Lucio Silla' at La Scala

Gluck's 'Orfeo e Euridice' in Palermo, in the Berlioz version

Bellini's 'I Puritani'

'Le Ventre de Paris'

Giuseppe Pennisi experiences an icy Paris/Milan production of Monteverdi's 'L'incoronazione di Poppea'

Hans Werner Henze's love for Italy, and 'Gisella!' in Palermo

Zimmermann's 'Die Soldaten' in Milan, enthralls Giuseppe Pennisi

Willy Decker's production of Massenet's opera finally reaches Rome

Verdi's 'Un ballo in maschera' in Bologna

'Traviata' on the lagoon

'Il Trovatore' in Naples

Offenbach's The Tales of Hoffmann

Giuseppe Pennisi was at the opening night of La Scala's opera season

Giuseppe Pennisi visits La Fenice for Verdi's 'Simon Boccanegra'

Dvorák's 'Rusalka' in Rome

Giuseppe Pennisi was in Naples for Richard Strauss' 'Salome'

Verdi's Rigoletto

Giuseppe Pennisi was at the opening concert of the National Academy of Santa Cecilia's season

Stefano Ranzani conducts Verdi's 'Simon Boccanegra'

A journey to the Almighty with Verdi's 'The Force of Destiny', highly rated

Graham Vick's 'Don Giovanni'

De Giosa's 'Don Checco'

Purcell's 'King Arthur' travels to Italy, and is experienced

The Francesco Siciliani Prize at Sagra Musicale Umbra

'Die Entführung aus dem Serail' at Sagra Musicale Umbra enthralls Giuseppe Pennisi

Giuseppe Pennisi sends a second report from the 2014 Rossini Opera Festival

'The Barber of Seville' at the Rossini Opera Festival

'Madama Butterfly' and 'Il Trittico' at the Puccini Festival, discussed

Richard Strauss at Salzburg

Women and War at the Salzburg Festival

Giuseppe Pennisi experiences Salzburg Festival's 'Ouverture spirituelle'

Wagner's 'Ring' at the Tyroler Festspiele Erl

Giuseppe Pennisi experiences 'Il Bajazet'

A triptych of ballet on tour, with dancing in the monumental Roman ruins

'Carmen' in Bizet's original version

Palermo's mixed reception to an innovative 'Norma'

Giuseppe Pennisi enjoys 'Orfeo e Euridice' at the Maggio Musicale Fiorentino, and surveys the different versions of Gluck's opera

Prokofiev's 'The Love of Three Oranges'

Twentieth century operas in Rome

A new Italian production of Don Giovanni

Donizetti's L'elisir d'amore in Rome

Wagner's 'Tristan und Isolde'

Andrea Molino's Qui non c'è perché

Berlioz's Les Troyens

Brits in Rome

Rossini's 'Maometto II'

A Zemlinsky-Puccini double bill in Turin

Giuseppe Pennisi visits the Printemps des Arts in Monte Carlo

Silvia Colasanti's 'La Metamorfosi'

Power, technology and sex in Rimsky Korsakov's 'The Tsar's Bride'

Giuseppe Pennisi was at Puccini's 'Manon Lescaut', performed under difficult conditions in Rome

A special 'Otello'

Rome's 'Controtempo' contemporary music festival

Giuseppe Pennisi visits Pisa for The Tales of Hoffmann

Giuseppe Pennisi compares versions of Mahler's Resurrection Symphony

Giuseppe Pennisi attends a Ravel double bill in Rome

'Feuersnot' by Richard Strauss

A new production of Wagner's 'Parsifal'

New Year in Italy

Comic operas in Berlin

Meyerbeer's L'Africaine

Verdi's 'La Traviata' at the start of La Scala's new season

Giuseppe Pennisi attended a successful performance of Verdi's 'Ernani' in Rome

Verdi's Shakespeare trilogy in Ravenna

'Simon Boccanegra' in Turin

Giuseppe Pennisi was at a concert performance in Rome of Britten's 'Peter Grimes'

Turandot in Rome as written by Puccini

Giuseppe Pennisi listens to contemporary music at two Italian festivals

Wagner and Britten in the Umbrian Hills

Giuseppe Pennisi visits Sagra Musicale Umbra

Giuseppe Pennisi listens to Schoenberg in Bucharest

Contemporary music at the Enescu Festival, discussed

'Otello' in an immigration camp at the Enescu Festival in Bucharest

Giuseppe Pennisi listens to orchestral and chamber concerts at the Salzburg Summer Festival

An unusual Salzburg 'Ring'

Giuseppe Pennisi reports on Mozart, Verdi and Wagner operas from Salzburg's summer festival

Giuseppe Pennisi was at the 2013 Torre del Lago Festival for a new international production of 'Tosca' and a performance of 'Rigoletto' with young singers

Giuseppe Pennisi was at the 2013 Rossini Opera Festival

Summer opera in Rome

Contemporary and modern music at Aix-en-Provence

'Electra' and 'Elena' at Aix-en-Provence

Giuseppe Pennisi reports from Tunisia's El Jem Symphony Festival

Britten's 'Curlew River' in Rome

A half-baked 'Don Pasquale'

Purcell's 'Dido and Aeneas' in the Roman Gym

Three one act operas exploring the condition of women

Antonio Pappano's 'Un Ballo in Maschera'

A new start for 'Il Trionfo di Clelia'? Giuseppe Pennisi has his doubts

Wagner's 'Götterdämmerung' at La Scala Milan

Giuseppe Pennisi attended a performance of Wagner's 'Rienzi' in Rome

Giuseppe Pennisi was at the opening night of the Maggio Musicale Fiorentino

Wagner's 'Flying Dutchman' enthralls Giuseppe Pennisi

Eighteenth century Neapolitan cello concertos fascinate Giuseppe Pennisi

Giuseppe Pennisi was at the opening night of Verdi's 'Don Carlo' in Turin

Saint-Saëns' 'Samson' as envisaged by La Fura dels Baus

Bartók and Cambodian music in Monte Carlo

Alexander Raskatov's 'A Dog's Heart'

Giuseppe Pennisi experiences Ravenna's first performance of Britten's 'The Rape of Lucretia'

Makropoulos in the Lagoon

Verdi's rarely performed 'I Due Foscari'

A shocking 'Die Walküre'

Bayreuth's 'Das Rheingold' previewed in Rome

Adolphe Adam's 'Giselle'

An evening of piano music from Giuseppe Andaloro

Verdi, Shakespeare and Macbeth's lust for power

Giuseppe Pennisi takes a sniff at Shostakovich's 'The Nose'

If 'Das Rheingold' becomes a comedy

A piano journey on the Danube

Giuseppe Pennisi discusses a sexy 'Falstaff' at La Scala

The legacy of Giacinto Scelsi twenty-five years on

Stravinsky's 'The Rite of Spring'

Music by Vivaldi in the churches of Rome

Minkus' 'Don Quixote' in Rome

Concerts in Rome for Peace

A sexless 'Traviata' opens San Carlo's new season in Naples

A controversial 'Lohengrin' at La Scala

'Simon Boccanegra' in Rome

Works by Sciarrino and Messiaen. '... quite eclectic ...'

Chinese National Opera's 'Turandot' on tour

Rome's new production of Prokofiev's 'Romeo and Juliet'

Giuseppe Pennisi visits Sagra Musicale Umbra 2012

Giuseppe Pennisi reports on Spontini's recently discovered comedy 'La Fuga in Maschera'

More from this summer's Salzburg Festival

At the Salzburg Summer Festival, Giuseppe Pennisi was enthralled by Bernd Alois Zimmermann's 'Die Soldaten'

Giuseppe Pennisi reports on his week at the Rossini Opera Festival

Summer Opera in Rome

Giuseppe Pennisi describes how the Puccini Opera Festival is at a turning point

Giuseppe Pennisi visits the annual Munich Opera Festival

Giuseppe Pennisi describes how Gounod's 'Roméo et Juliette' attracts a new audience in Verona

Giuseppe Pennisi visits the 2012 Tyrol Festival for new productions of 'Lohengrin' and 'Tosca'

Giuseppe Pennisi visits the 2012 Ravenna Festival

Benjamin Britten's chamber opera 'The Turn of the Screw' opens the 55th Spoleto Festival

Giuseppe Pennisi reports on a three-day musical party near Lucca in Tuscany

Britten's 'A Midsummer Night's Dream'

An Almodóvar-style 'Elisir d'Amore' from Valencia and Palermo

Giuseppe Pennisi was in Berlin for the opening night of a revival of 'The Rise and Fall of the City of Mahagonny'

Giuseppe Pennisi reports on bel canto in Europe

Giuseppe Pennisi was at the opening night of Teatro dell'Opera di Roma's production of Verdi's 'Attila'

Giuseppe Pennisi was at La Scala for a new production of 'Peter Grimes'

Zemlinksy's 'Der König Kandaules'

'Der Rosenkavalier' at the Maggio Musicale Fiorentino, a festival with a rich programme but a dire financial situation

Giuseppe Pennisi was in Ravenna for the revival of a successful production of Handel's 'Rinaldo'

Giuseppe Pennisi describes a rather half-baked 'Barber of Seville'

Giuseppe Pennisi was at the opening night of the new Parma-Montecarlo production of Verdi's 'Stiffelio'

Giuseppe Pennisi visits Palermo for the critical edition of Musorgsky's 'Boris Godunov'

Giuseppe Pennisi reports on the opening night of 'Die Zauberflöte' in Rome

Strauss's 'woman' on the analyst's couch

Giuseppe Pennisi reports from Naples on 'I Masnadieri' and 'Die Räuber'

Operas for reconstruction at L'Aquila

A new 'Butterfly' production in Rome

Franz Schmidt's 'The Book with Seven Seals'

A Neapolitan 'Threepenny Opera'

A shock to the normally conservative audience at Rome's Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia

Verdi's 'Aida' began the 2012 season at Parma's Teatro Regio, and Giuseppe Pennisi was there

Giuseppe Pennisi discovers, via Bernstein's 'Candide', why we don't live in 'the best of all possible worlds'

Giuseppe Pennisi was in eastern Sicily for the opening night of Teatro Massimo Bellini's 2012 season - a low cost but high quality 'Carmen'

Giuseppe Pennisi reports on music for the Christmas and New Year period in Italy, for children and for those who love children

On the rediscovery of the Italian symphonic tradition

Under Riccardo Muti's baton, Verdi's first Shakespearean opera inaugurates Rome's opera season

Giuseppe Pennisi reports on a controversial new production of Mozart's 'Don Giovanni' which opened La Scala's 2011-12 season in Milan

Sex and power in the aftermath of a Middle Eastern war, when 'Semiramide' opens the opera season in Naples

Two concerts conducted by Antonio Pappano

Rossini at La Scala

Giuseppe Pennisi was at the opening night of the new production in Florence of Janácek's 'The Makropoulos Case'

Giuseppe Pennisi visits the Verdi Festival, which is short of money but not of ideas

Teatro Real, Paris Opéra and La Scala join forces for the centenary of 'Der Rosenkavalier'

Giuseppe Pennisi reports on the Richard Strauss masterpiece co-produced by Rome's Teatro dell'Opera and the Salzburg Festival

Giuseppe Pennisi was at the first performance of Alessandro Solbiati's 'La Leggenda' in Turin, and raises the issue of the replicability of modern grand opera

Giuseppe Pennisi takes a glimpse at the Enescu Festival's Jubilee programme

Giuseppe Pennisi visits the Sagra Musicale Umbra, celebrating old and new continents

Avant-garde and late romanticism at La Sagra Malatestiana

Giuseppe Pennisi reports on 'La Salustia' and 'La Serva Padrona' from the Pergolesi Festival

Contemporary music at Salzburg

Giuseppe Pennisi reports on Janácek and Strauss at the Salzburg Summer Festival

New aspects of Rossini brought to light at the 2011 Rossini Opera Festival in Pesaro, discussed

The 2011 Sferisterio Festival

Giuseppe Pennisi was at the 2011 Puccini Festival

Giuseppe Pennisi has mixed feelings about 'Aida' at the Baths of Caracalla

Giuseppe Pennisi reports from the 2011 Tiroler Festspiele

Giuseppe Pennisi visits the 2011 Aix-en-Provence Festival and reports on four of the six operas

Giuseppe Pennisi was at the Italian premiere in Ravenna of Mercadante's 'I Due Figaro'

A new production of Puccini's 'La bohème' at Rome's Teatro dell'Opera

Giuseppe Pennisi visits the sophisticated music festival in a Tuscan mountain convent and stays for the full three days

Daniel Barenboim and the West-Eastern Divan Orchestra are currently on a world tour. Giuseppe Pennisi listens to their concert in Rome

'La Battaglia di Legnano'

'Sicilian Vespers' as conceived by Verdi

Verdi's 'Ernani' - more revolutionary than patriotic

Works by Eötvös and Bartók

Giuseppe Pennisi was at the Italian première of Bohuslav Martinu's Greek Passion

Set in the aftermath of a nuclear war, the first performance of Luca Francesconi's 'Quartett' is

Thanks to a sparkling 'Barber of Seville', Giuseppe Pennisi rediscovers the beauty of Rossini's orchestration

A very British version of Mozart's 'Die Entführung aus dem Serail' returns to Rome

Two symphony orchestras are playing Mahler in Rome

A Ferrero / Dallapiccola double bill in Modena

Handel's 'Giulio Cesare in Egitto'

A new production of Verdi's 'Nabucco' celebrates the 150th anniversary of Italy's Unification

The first Milan performance of Britten's 'Death in Venice'

Shostakovich's 'The Nose'

British humour under the Neapolitan sun, in 'L'Elisir d'Amore' in Rome and San Francisco

Marco Tutino's 'Senso'

Verdi's 'La Forza del Destino'

'Les Nuits d'Eté' from Rome's Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia

William Bolcom's 'A View from the Bridge'

A fresh start for Gnecchi's 'Cassandra'

'Ariadne auf Naxos' in Paris

Dancing to Bizet's 'L'Arlésienne' and 'Carmen'

'The Merry Widow'

Puccini's 'La Fanciulla del West'

Giuseppe Pennisi was at La Scala Milan for Wagner's 'Die Walküre'

Rossini's 'Moïse et Pharaon'

Ian McEwan and Michael Berkeley's 'For You'

Two contemporary music festivals in Rome, described

Mahler's Fifth Symphony - a self-metamorphosis from grief to ecstatic energy

Mariella Devia and the Twilight of Bel Canto

Shostakovich's 'Leningrad'

Celso Albelo hits Venice as Nemorino in Donizetti's 'L'Elisir d'Amore'

The Israel Camerata Orchestra Jerusalem

Hans Werner Henze's 'Pollicino' thrills children and adults in Florence

Rossini's 'William Tell', from Rome to the BBC Proms

Giuseppe Pennisi describes the 2010 Parma Verdi Festival's stormy beginning

'Orphée' at the Roma-Europa Festival

Donizetti's last Tudor Queen returns to Rome, and Carmela Remigio enchants Giuseppe Pennisi

The new Palermo production of Rossini's 'The Barber of Seville', a casual worker in Almodóvar's Seville

Giuseppe Pennisi visits Italy's Sagra Musicale Umbra

Giuseppe Pennisi visits the Sagra Musicale Malatestiana

Romabarocca Ensemble plays Carlo Rainaldi. '... they will go far in the rediscovery of Baroque music.'

Giuseppe Pennisi visits the Salzburg Festival to investigate 'the downfall of the myth and the spirit of the music'

Giuseppe Pennisi visits the 2010 Rossini Opera Festival

'Juditha triumphans' at the Sferisterio Festival

The 'Glory of God' through three Verdi operas at the Sferisterio Festival 2010

Giuseppe Pennisi finds 'Madama Butterfly' at the Puccini Festival a pleasure for the ears and the eyes

'La Fanciulla del West' at the Puccini Festival

Giuseppe Pennisi files his last report from the 2010 Aix-en-Provence Festival

Oscar Strasnoy's 'Un Retour'

Stravinsky's 'Le Rossignol'

'Don Giovanni' in Aix-en-Provence, a black comedy of sex and loneliness

Giuseppe Pennisi visits the Ravenna Festival

Massenet's 'Manon' returns to Rome

Shchedrin's 'Anna Karenina' and other premières at The Stars of the White Nights Festival

Mahler's Third Symphony

'Madama Butterfly' at Rome's Teatro dell'Opera

Barenboim's 'Das Rheingold' at La Scala

Giuseppe Pennisi listens to Antonio Pappano and the Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia

Giuseppe Pennisi attends the beginning of the Tiroler Festspiele 2010

Richard Strauss' 'Die Frau ohne Schatten'

Massenet's 'Werther' on the psychotherapist's couch

Operas by Zemlinsky and Puccini

Franz Schreker's 'Die Gezeichneten'

'Lulu' lands at La Scala

Sixty Leitmotives for 'Tosca'

The bicentennial 'Simon Boccanegra' in Parma

Giuseppe Pennisi has mixed feelings about La Scala's new Wagnerian production

Giuseppe Pennisi listens to Arrigo Boito's 'Mefistofele'

Tan Dun's 'The Banquet'

The current Italian season of Mozart's 'Idomeneo'

Giuseppe Pennisi tours Austria with a young Italian symphony orchestra

Giuseppe Pennisi visits the Vienna State Opera

In the 20th anniversary year of Bernstein's death, Giuseppe Pennisi writes about Italy's homage to Lenny

Bologna's Renaissance music. '... an efficient and effective local ensemble ...'

The first performance of the unabridged 'Elektra' enthralls the audience

Verdi comic operas on stage

Henze and Mahler in Rome

'Tosca' and 'Butterfly' with live electronics

Giuseppe Pennisi experiences Zeffirelli's latest 'La traviata'

Giuseppe Pennisi reports that chamber opera is alive and well

'Carmen' at La Scala


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