Philosophy and Theology - Paul Hindemith's 'Mathis der Maler' at the Ensecu Festival in Bucharest impresses Giuseppe Pennisi
CD Spotlight. Christ Recrucified - Bohuslav Martinu's 'The Greek Passion', heard by Paul Sarcich. '... the production is nothing less than workmanlike, rising in places to something more inspired ...'
Very Moving - A Roland Petit soirée at Opera di Roma, experienced by Giuseppe Pennisi
CD Spotlight. Standout Performances - Donizetti's 'Rosmonda d'Inghilterra', strongly recommended by Gerald Fenech. '... Sebastiano Rolli keeps things ticking over nicely, thus never diminishing the boiling undercurrents that continually simmer in the protagonists' spirits.'
CD Spotlight. Dramatically Nuanced - Rossini's 'Sigismondo', heard by Gerald Fenech. '... an excellent live recording of a rare bel canto gem that deserves serious scrutiny by all those interested in Italian melodrama.'
The Humanity of Wozzeck - Alban Berg from Salzburg, reviewed by Giuseppe Pennisi
Sex and Violence in Salzburg - Giuseppe Pennisi reports on Shostakovich's 'Lady Macbeth of the Mtsensk District'
A Baroque Fight for Love and Power - Handel's 'Ariodante' at Salzburg, reviewed by Giuseppe Pennisi
The Panoply of Power - Aribert Reimann's 'Lear' at Salzburg, experienced by Giuseppe Pennisi
Opera Philology - Rossini's 'Torvaldo e Dorliska', reviewed by Giuseppe Pennisi
High Society Two Centuries Ago - Giuseppe Pennisi comments on Rossini's 'La Pietra di Paragone' in Pesaro
Third Time Lucky - Giuseppe Pennisi reports on the first performance of the original version of Rossini's 'Siege of Corinth'
Psychoanalysis and 'Turandot' - Giuseppe Pennisi reports from the Macerata Opera Festival
Updating Tosca - Giuseppe Pennisi reports from Teatro dell'Opera di Roma
Very Human - Carlo Boccadoro's chamber opera 'Shi', based on Matteo Ricci's Jesuit mission in China, impresses Giuseppe Pennisi
A bitter-sweet 'Swallow' - 'La Rondine' at the Puccini Opera Festival impresses Giuseppe Pennisi
A Free-flowing Style - Mike Wheeler experiences the first professional opera specifically commissioned in Welsh
A Keen Interest - A new 'Turandot' at the Puccini Festival, reviewed by Giuseppe Pennisi
On the Verge of Greatness - Mozart's 'Lucio Silla' at Buxton, heard by Mike Wheeler
Social Comedy - Britten's 'Albert Herring' at the Buxton Festival, reviewed by Mike Wheeler
Grippingly Staged - Verdi's 'Macbeth' at the Buxton Festival, reviewed by Mike Wheeler
Sensual and Immoral - A new production of 'Carmen' stirs a mini-International Controversy, by Giuseppe Pennisi
Sex and Blood in Jerusalem - Giuseppe Pennisi reports on the new production of 'Salome' in Leipzig
Women's Voices - 'Die Frau ohne Schatten' at the Strauss Festival in Leipzig, reviewed by Giuseppe Pennisi
A Bitter-sweet Lyric Comedy - 'Arabella' from Festival Strauss in Leipzig, reviewed by Giuseppe Pennisi
Heavy Stage Direction and Sets - Rossini's 'Il viaggio a Reims' in Rome, reviewed by Giuseppe Pennisi
Rigoletto on the Beach - Verdi in Sardinia, reviewed by Giuseppe Pennisi
DVD Spotlight. Exhilarating Mozart - 'La Finta Giardiniera' from Opéra de Lille, reviewed by Gerald Fenech. '... a humdinger of a version, passionately sung and acted and superbly conducted by Emmanuelle Haim.'
A Joy to Hear - Richard Strauss' 'Der Rosenkavalier', the last of this season's Live in HD broadcasts from New York Metropolitan Opera, impresses Maria Nockin
Tender and Engrossing - Benjamin Britten's 'Peter Grimes' in Bologna impresses Giuseppe Pennisi
Well-deserved Ovations - 'Lulu' lands in Rome after fifty years, by Giuseppe Pennisi
Visions of Human Suffering - Lyric Verdi, and a great success, but in some ways a 'Don Carlo' of losers at the Maggio Musicale Fiorentino, impresses Giuseppe Pennisi
Civil Engagement - Giuseppe Pennisi discusses operas representing intrigues which couldn't be discussed in public
Authentic Performance - Tchaikovsky's 'Eugene Onegin' in HD from New York Metropolitan Opera, enjoyed by Maria Nockin
Back in Rome - Giordano's 'Andrea Chénier' returns to the Teatro dell'Opera after more than forty years, impressing Giuseppe Pennisi
Extreme Tensions - Richard Strauss' 'Elektra', back in Naples, impresses Giuseppe Pennisi
A Duel of Voices - Donizetti's 'Maria Stuarda' in Rome, reviewed by Giuseppe Pennisi
What was the Problem? - John Fulljames' visually engaging production of Rimsky-Korsakov's 'The Snow Maiden' at Opera North, reviewed by Mike Wheeler
Unexpectedly Long - Mozart's 'Idomeneo' in HD from New York Metropolitan Opera, enjoyed by Maria Nockin
Fun and Games - Mike Wheeler enjoys Opera North's take on Rossini's 'La Cenerentola'
Great Stage Presence - Lucas Ball reviews a production that emphasises The Magic Flute's fun elements
Lost in its own Forest - Engelbert Humperdinck's 'Hansel and Gretel' at Opera North, reviewed by Mike Wheeler
Invincible Physical Barriers - Willy Decker's production of Giuseppe Verdi's 'La traviata' in HD from New York Metropolitan Opera, reviewed by Maria Nockin
CD Spotlight. Vintage Handel - The pastiche 'Catone', recommended by Gerald Fenech. 'Carlo Ipata and his masterful band of singers and instrumentalists give a most persuasive and fascinating performance capturing all the nuances of the score with impressive conviction and verbal dexterity.'
A Fine Film - San Francisco Opera's 2008 film of Puccini's 'La bohème', reviewed by Maria Nockin
Well Thought Out - Dvorák's 'Rusalka' in HD from New York Metropolitan Opera, enjoyed in the cinema by Maria Nockin
Sex, Blood and Power - Tchaikovsky's 'The Enchantress', reviewed by Giuseppe Pennisi
Tenderness and Hatred - Janácek's 'Kát'a Kabanová' in Turin impresses Giuseppe Pennisi
Reviving Rossini's Tancredi - Margaret Darby reports from Opera Philadelphia
Inner Struggle - Giuseppe Pennisi watches and listens to Tchaikovsky's 'Sleeping Beauty'
Full of Irony - Giuseppe Pennisi experiences a different 'Sleeping Beauty', Ottorino Respighi's 'La Bella Addormentata nel Bosco', at the Lyric Theatre in Cagliari
Tannhäuser in the Dark - Giuseppe Pennisi visits Venice, one of Richard Wagner's favourite cities
A Spectacular Show - Charles Gounod's 'Romeo and Juliet' live in high definition from New York Metropolitan Opera impresses Maria Nockin
Sex and Power - Verdi's 'Macbeth' in Palermo, reviewed by Giuseppe Pennisi
Harmonious in Every Sense - Alice McVeigh explains why 'Der Rosenkavalier' at Covent Garden couldn't have been bettered in any department
Terrific Movement and Zip - Opera Warwick's 'Die Fledermaus', reviewed by Roderic Dunnett
A Controversial Così - Giuseppe Pennisi was in the audience at Teatro dell'Opera di Roma
A Great Revival - Leonardo Vinci and Pietro Metastasio's 'Didone Abbandonata', reviewed by Giuseppe Pennisi
A Choral Opera - Verdi's 'Nabucco' in HD from New York Metropolitan Opera, reviewed by Maria Nockin
Two Bats - 'Die Fledermaus' on Twelfth Night, reviewed by Giuseppe Pennisi
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