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Isabel Leonard and Nathan Gunn in Jennifer Higdon's 'Cold Mountain' at Santa Fe Opera. Photo © 2015 Ken Howard  Giorgia Jarman in Verdi's 'Rigoletto' at Santa Fe Opera. Photo © 2015 Ken Howard  Carlo Lepore and Vassilis Kavayas in 'L'Inganno Felice' at the 2015 Rossini Opera Festival  Portrait of Antonio Salieri by Joseph Willibrod Mähler  Anna Christie in Donizetti's 'La fille du régiment' at Santa Fe Opera. Photo © 2013 Ken Howard

 

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

Scintillating Overtones - Maria Nockin describes the best 'Salome' she's seen in a decade

Vocal Fireworks - Mozart's 'La Finta Giardiniera' from Santa Fe delights Maria Nockin

Meeting between Civilizations? - Wolfgang Rihm's 'Die Eroberung von Mexico', reviewed by Giuseppe Pennisi

Frustratingly Patchy - Charpentier's 'Louise', reviewed by Mike Wheeler

A Long Musical Summer - Giuseppe Pennisi attended the Chigiana International Festival in Siena

Positively Explosive - Verdi's 'La traviata' at Winslow Hall Opera, reviewed by Roderic Dunnett

Far from Traditional - Puccini operas in Rome, reviewed by Giuseppe Pennisi

More than a Mere Curiosity - Verdi's 'Giovanna d'Arco', reviewed by Mike Wheeler

A Flawed Production - Mike Wheeler has some reservations with Donizetti's 'Lucia di Lammermoor' at Buxton

Grim and Shivery Intensity - Bizet's 'Carmen' at Nevill Holt Opera impresses Roderic Dunnett

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

A Gift Horse - Berlioz's 'Les Troyens' at San Francisco Opera brings tears to James Sohre's eyes

Taking Flight? - Marco Tutino's 'Two Women (La Ciociara)', reviewed by James Sohre

DVD Spotlight. An Ancient Character - Rossini's 'Semiramide', reviewed by Howard Smith. '... traditional elements alongside innovative ones.'

Endlessly Memorable - Britten's 'Death in Venice' from Garsington Opera at Wormsley, reviewed by Roderic Dunnett

DVD Spotlight. Telling Effect - Gaetano Donizetti's 'La Favorite' impresses Gerald Fenech. '... lovingly produced and passionately executed ...'

A Remarkable Service - Saint-Saëns' 'Samson and Delilah' at Grange Park Opera, reviewed by Roderic Dunnett

A Dark Lady - Tchaikovsky's 'Queen of Spades' appeals to Giuseppe Pennisi

Visionary Creation - Alessandro Solbiati's 'Il Suono Giallo', enjoyed by Giuseppe Pennisi

An Imperial Festival - Giuseppe Pennisi visits Ravenna to hear Pierre Boulez, Adriano Guarnieri and Nicola Piovani

A Scintillating Evening - Szymanowski's 'King Roger' at Covent Garden, reviewed by Roderic Dunnett

Eclectic and Attractive - Giorgio Battistelli's new opera for Expo Milano 2015 impresses Giuseppe Pennisi

A Posthumous Debut - Giorgio Strehler's 'Marriage of Figaro' finally reaches Rome, enjoyed by Giuseppe Pennisi

A 3D Fairytale - Mozart's 'The Magic Flute' from Bologna impresses Giuseppe Pennisi

Somewhat Uneven - Cav and Pag in HD from Metropolitan Opera, reviewed by Maria Nockin

Troubles in Florence - Maggio Musicale Fiorentino's 'Fidelio' is performed under difficult conditions, described by Giuseppe Pennisi

A Long Nocturne - Giuseppe Pennisi describes an intimate 'Aida' in Rome

CD Spotlight. Supercharged Emotions - Agostino Steffani's 'Niobe, Regina di Tebe', recommended by Gerald Fenech. '... intense renditions full of dramatic power and feeling.'

'Lucia' in the Madhouse - Giuseppe Pennisi attends a memorial to Luca Ronconi

Challenging, Versatile and Unexpected - Roderic Dunnett visits Hungarian State Opera

Undoubtedly Authentic - Rossini's 'La Donna del lago' delights Maria Nockin

Needle-sharp Vitality - Opera North's 'La Vida Breve', reviewed by Mike Wheeler

A Figaro to Treasure - Opera North's Mozart impresses Mike Wheeler

A Philological 'Tosca' - Giuseppe Pennisi reports from Rome

Women are Stronger - Mozart's 'Lucio Silla' at La Scala, enjoyed by Giuseppe Pennisi

A Thought Provoking Combination - Iolanta and Bluebeard in high definition from New York, reviewed by Maria Nockin

Skillfully Adapted - Gluck's 'Orfeo e Euridice' in Palermo, in the Berlioz version, experienced by Giuseppe Pennisi

DVD Spotlight. Double Murder - Richard Strauss's 'Elektra', reviewed by Robert Anderson. '... the whole cast has been exemplary under the masterful direction of Esa-Pekka Salonen.'

Romantic Premonitions - Bellini's 'I Puritani', enjoyed by Giuseppe Pennisi

A Wonderful Performance - Offenbach's 'The Tales of Hoffmann', live in HD from New York, impresses Maria Nockin

A Real Joy - 'Le Ventre de Paris', praised by Giuseppe Pennisi

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

A Triumph - Hans Werner Henze's love for Italy, and 'Gisella!' in Palermo, by Giuseppe Pennisi

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 maschera' 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

 
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