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'Massenet's bland patisserie and Mlle Sanderson's sugar-candy notes' baked in the 'national musical oven' - caricature by Chavric from 'La Silhouette', March 1894  Curtain calls at the end of Zimmermann's 'Die Soldaten' at Teatro alla Scala, Milan. Photo © 2015 Brescia-Amisano  Veronica Simeoni and Francesco Meli in Massenet's 'Werther' at Teatro dell'Opera di Roma. Photo © 2015 Yasuko Kageyama  Ask Alice, with Alice McVeigh  A scene from Verdi's 'Un ballo in maschera' in Bologna. Photo © 2015 Rocco Casaluci

 

Massenet and Femmes Fatales - George Colerick investigates

The War is Always On - Zimmermann's 'Die Soldaten' in Milan, enthralls Giuseppe Pennisi

Werther's Dream World - Willy Decker's production of Massenet's opera finally reaches Rome, by Giuseppe Pennisi

Ask Alice - Restricted view recommended for Verdi's 'Un ballo in maschera' at Covent Garden, by classical music agony aunt Alice McVeigh

A Stage Direction to Forget - Verdi's 'Un ballo in maschero' in Bologna, reviewed by Giuseppe Pennisi

Amersterdam: Lohengrin Lite - James Sohre reports on Pierre Audi's production for Netherlands Opera

True Passion - 'Traviata' on the lagoon, by Giuseppe Pennisi

A Bold Decision - 'Il Trovatore in Naples', reviewed by Giuseppe Pennisi

Unmistakably French - Offenbach's The Tales of Hoffmann, reviewed by Giuseppe Pennisi

A Modern, Technically-endowed Triumph - 'Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg' in HD from New York on 17 December impresses Maria Nockin

Tragedy to Come - Maria Nockin experiences one of this era's best productions of 'Carmen', live in HD from New York Metropolitan Opera

The Ambiguity of 'Fidelio' - Giuseppe Pennisi was at the opening night of La Scala's opera season

Back in the Lagoon - Giuseppe Pennisi visits La Fenice for Verdi's 'Simon Boccanegra'

Thoughtful Engagement - Monteverdi's 'Coronation of Poppaea', reviewed by Mike Wheeler

A Great Deal of Fun - Maria Nockin enjoys Rossini's 'Barber of Seville' in HD from New York

Greater Depth - 'La Traviata' at Opera North, reviewed by Mike Wheeler

Versatility and Intelligence - Balázs Kovalik's new production of 'Die Frau Ohne Schatten' at Opera Leipzig fascinates Roderic Dunnett

Eye-popping Delight - Smetana's 'The Bartered Bride' impresses Mike Wheeler

Engrossing Performance - Dvorák's 'Rusalka' in Rome impresses Giuseppe Pennisi

Bold Eccentricities - Meyerbeer and the Development of Parisian Grand Opera, by George Colerick

A Very Joyful Production - Benjamin Britten's 'Albert Herring' at Hampstead Garden Opera impresses Alice McVeigh

Eros and Gospels - Giuseppe Pennisi was in Naples for Richard Strauss' 'Salome'

An Affectionate Eye - George Bernard Shaw as London Music Critic, by George Colerick

Troubles in Rome - Verdi's Rigoletto, reviewed by Giuseppe Pennisi

Human Tragedy - Stefano Ranzani conducts Verdi's 'Simon Boccanegra', reviewed by Giuseppe Pennisi

A Great Privilege - Mozart's Marriage of Figaro live in HD from the New York Met, experienced by Maria Nockin

Welcome Rarities - James Sohre enjoyed his visit to Wexford Festival Opera

Wildly Beautiful - Witches dressed as village ladies of the 1950s as New York Metropolitan Opera begins its HD broadcast season with Verdi's Macbeth, described by Maria Nockin

Resplendent Performances - Verdi's Otello launches English National Opera's 2014-15 season in David Alden's new production, reported by Malcolm Miller

God's Forgiveness - A journey to the Almighty with Verdi's 'The Force of Destiny', highly rated by Giuseppe Pennisi

Sex and Violence - Graham Vick's 'Don Giovanni', reviewed by Giuseppe Pennisi

Full of Irony - De Giosa's 'Don Checco', heard by Giuseppe Pennisi

A Thin Connection - Purcell's 'King Arthur' travels to Italy, and is experienced by Giuseppe Pennisi

Sorrows of Young Rossini - Giuseppe Pennisi sends a second report from the 2014 Rossini Opera Festival

Avant-garde and Fun - 'The Barber of Seville' at the Rossini Opera Festival, enjoyed by Giuseppe Pennisi

Thoroughly Delightful - Maria Nockin visits Santa Fe Opera and experiences all of their 2014 productions

CD Spotlight. Dust and Ashes - Handel's 'The Triumph of Time and Truth', impresses Robert Anderson. '... admirable performance ...'

Daring and Bold - 'Madama Butterfly' and 'Il Trittico' at the Puccini Festival, discussed by Giuseppe Pennisi

Rosenkavalier at War - Richard Strauss at Salzburg, with Giuseppe Pennisi

Spectral Music - Women and War at the Salzburg Festival, by Giuseppe Pennisi

DVD Spotlight. Much Courage - Alfredo Catalani's 'La Wally', reviewed by Robert Anderson. 'This Tyrolean team has made fine music ...'

Nature and Sentiment - Wagner's 'Ring' at the Tyroler Festspiele Erl impresses Giuseppe Pennisi

Completely Bonkers - H K Gruber's 'Gloria - A Pigtale', reviewed by Mike Wheeler

Fatally Compromised - Rossini's 'Otello', reviewed by Mike Wheeler

CD Spotlight. Varied Mythology - Deutsche Grammophon's Strauss opera compilation, sampled by Robert Anderson. '... a hugely enjoyable set ...'

Whipped Cream - Buxton Festival's 2014 Opera Gala, attended by Mike Wheeler

A Gasparini Renaissance - Giuseppe Pennisi experiences 'Il Bajazet'

Steely Force - A devastatingly fresh take on 'Orfeo ed Eurydice', admired by Mike Wheeler

Dramatic Weaknesses - Dvorák's 'The Jacobin', reviewed by Mike Wheeler

More Powerful - 'Carmen' in Bizet's original version, reviewed by Giuseppe Pennisi

Pure Entertainment - Roderic Dunnett visits Garsington Opera at Wormsley

Light of Hope - Palermo's mixed reception to an innovative 'Norma', reviewed by Giuseppe Pennisi

DVD Spotlight. First Rate - Richard Strauss' 'Salome', recommended by Gerald Fenech. '... fine and emotionally sapping ...'

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

Champagne not Orange Juice - Prokofiev's 'The Love of Three Oranges', reviewed by Giuseppe Pennisi

A Dazzling Ninety Minutes - 'The Cunning Little Vixen', enjoyed by Kelly Ferjutz

Ask Alice - On 'Dialogues des Carmelites' at Covent Garden, with classical music agony aunt Alice McVeigh

DVD Spotlight. Disturbing Nightmares - Musorgsky's Boris Godunov, reviewed by Robert Anderson. 'I was surprised how quickly my patience ran out.'

A Veritable Spectacle - Smetana's 'The Bartered Bride', enjoyed by Roderic Dunnett

From chains to the Almighty - Twentieth century operas in Rome, reviewed by Giuseppe Pennisi

 
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