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Elchin Azizov and Victoria Yastrebova in Tchaikovsky's 'Iolanta' at the Maggio Musicale Fiorentino. Photo © 2016 Simone Donati  The Knowledge. Opera. Dennis Marks. © 2015 Quadrille Publishing Limited  Patricia Racette and Roberto Frontali in Puccini's 'Il Tabarro' at Teatro dell'Opera di Roma. Photo © 2016 Yasuko Kageyama  Ana Maria Martinez and Maria Zifchak in Puccini's 'Madama Butterfly' at New York Metropolitan Opera. Photo © 2016 Marty Sohl  Carmela Remigio and Piero Pretti in Alfredo Casella's 'La donna serpente' at Teatro Regio Torino. Photo © 2016 Ramella & Giannese Edoardo Piva

 

A Precursor to Decadentism - Tchaikovsky's 'Iolanta' in Florence, reviewed by Giuseppe Pennisi

Cogent and Interesting - Dennis Marks' 'The Knowledge - Opera', read by Roderic Dunnett

In Two Parts - Puccini's 'Il Trittico' as seen by Michieletto and Rustioni, reviewed by Giuseppe Pennisi

A Fine Show - Madama Butterfly live in HD from New York, reviewed by Maria Nockin

Unmistakeably Italian - Alfredo Casella's fairy tale 'La Donna Serpente', reviewed by Giuseppe Pennisi

CD Spotlight. Masterful Throughout - Felix Weingartner's 'Die Dorfschule', recommended by Gerald Fenech. '... great attention to detail ...'

A Double Revival - Respighi's 'Sunken Bell' in Cagliari, reviewed by Giuseppe Pennisi

Sensitive Expression - Puccini's 'Manon Lescaut' live in HD from New York Metropolitan Opera impresses Maria Nockin

CD Spotlight. Jazzy and Sleazy - Will Todd's 'Alice', recommended by Roderic Dunnett. '... this disc should be on everyone's shelves.'

Genius and Intemperance - Berlioz's 'Benvenuto Cellini', reviewed by Giuseppe Pennisi

A 'Portable' Devil - Giuseppe Pennisi visits Pisa for Arrigo Boito's 'Mefistofele'

DVD Spotlight. Mantle of Wagner - 'Feuersnot' by Richard Strauss, impresses Geoff Pearce. '... the orchestra was sumptuous.'

Anti-romantic Opera - Opera North's 'Così fan tutte', recommended by Mike Wheeler

Visually Stunning - Giordano's 'Andrea Chénier', reviewed by Mike Wheeler

An Effervescent Delight - Donizetti's 'L'Elisir d'Amore' impresses Mike Wheeler

Monumental and Hieratic - Stravinsky's 'Oedipus Rex', recommended by Giuseppe Pennisi

A Fabulous Night - Cy Coleman and Dorothy Fields' musical 'Sweet Charity', strongly recommended by Alice McVeigh

A Great Success - Eleonora Abbagnato's 'Four Great Choreographers' at Teatro dell'Opera di Roma, appreciated by Giuseppe Pennisi

A Different 'Norma' - Giuseppe Pennisi visits Naples

HOT 'Dream' in Honolulu - James Sohre reviews a Britten rarity

An Asian Fairytale - Puccini's 'Turandot' live in HD from New York, enjoyed by Maria Nockin

Rossini's Revenge - The first of three new 'Barber of Seville' productions marking the opera's bicentenary, reviewed by Giuseppe Pennisi

Carnival in Venice - Giuseppe Pennisi reviews Hervé's 'Les Chevaliers de la Table Ronde'

Transcendental Dawn - Handel's 'Il Trionfo del Tempo e del Disinganno' impresses Giuseppe Pennisi

Wonderfully Frivolous - Chabrier's 'L'Etoile' at Covent Garden, recommended by Alice McVeigh

A Successful Challenge - Wagner's 'Götterdämmerung' ends the Palermo 'Ring' cycle, reviewed by Giuseppe Pennisi

Surrealist Pop - Rossini's 'La Cenerentola' in Rome, reviewed by Giuseppe Pennisi

Melodic Gold - Bizet's 'The Pearlfishers' live in HD from New York, reviewed by Maria Nockin

For the New Year - Unusual ballet productions in Italy, seen by Giuseppe Pennisi

A Rebel with a Cause - Teatro Massimo di Palermo's 'Siegfried', reviewed by Giuseppe Pennisi

Passion and Commitment - Verdi's 'Giovanna D'Arco' at La Scala, recommended by Giuseppe Pennisi

A Painterly Production - Alban Berg's 'Lulu', live in high definition from Metropolitan Opera, impresses Maria Nockin

Delirious Joy - Opera North's 'Kiss Me, Kate' impresses Mike Wheeler

Enthralling Music - Hans Werner Henze's 'The Bassarids', reviewed by Giuseppe Pennisi

An Overwhelming Theatrical Experience - Opera North brings Janácek's 'Jenufa' to Nottingham, reviewed by Mike Wheeler

Unique Enchantment - Mozart's Magic Flute at San Francisco Opera, enjoyed by Maria Nockin

Exuberant Delight - Opera North's 'The Barber of Seville', enjoyed by Mike Wheeler

Luxuriant Orchestration - Mozart's 'Idomeneo', heard by Giuseppe Pennisi

Druid Priestess Conquers LA - James Sohre is impressed by Bellini's 'Norma'

An International Co-production - Donizetti's 'Don Pasquale' impresses Giuseppe Pennisi

The Downfall - Richard Strauss' 'Elektra' in Bologna, reviewed by Giuseppe Pennisi

Dramatic Values - Richard Wagner's 'Tannhäuser', live in HD from New York, reviewed by Maria Nockin

Towards the Abyss - Alban Berg's 'Wozzeck' at La Scala, reviewed by Giuseppe Pennisi

Two Ballets - Giuseppe Pennisi experiences a new dance in Rome

Superstars - Bromley Youth Music Trust's 'West Side Story' impresses Alice McVeigh

Truth and Loyalty - Verdi's 'Otello', live in HD from New York impresses Maria Nockin

Close to Perfection - 'Il Trovatore' live in HD from New York Metropolitan Opera, enjoyed by Maria Nockin

Musical Prowess - Robert Anderson's 'Opera Nights and Nightmares', read by Gerald Fenech

The End of Utopia - 'The Rise and Fall of the City of Mahagonny' by Kurt Weill and Bertolt Brecht, reviewed by Giuseppe Pennisi

A Bloody Good Time - James Sohre enjoyed Stephen Sondheim's 'Sweeney Todd' at San Francisco Opera

Unjustly Neglected - Rare Verdi, well done in San Francisco, reported by James Sohre

DVD Spotlight. Strong Voices - 'Porgy and Bess' from San Francisco Opera, appreciated by Ron Bierman. '... John DeMain leads the opera orchestra in a performance that blends well with the voices ...'

A High Level - German operas at the Enescu Festival in Bucharest, experienced by Giuseppe Pennisi

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

Santa Fe's Mountain Tops - Jennifer Higdon's 'Cold Mountain' impresses James Sohre

Big Voices - Verdi's 'Rigoletto' from Santa Fe, reviewed by Maria Nockin

Semi-serious Rossini - Giuseppe Pennisi visits the Rossini Opera Festival in Pesaro

A Gift for the Bizarre - Salieri operas in England impress Roderic Dunnett

Constant Motion - Donizetti's 'La fille du régiment' at Santa Fe Opera, reviewed by Maria Nockin

Intense and Moving - Opera at the Salzburg Summer Festival, reviewed by Giuseppe Pennisi

 
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