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John Osborn in the title role of Rossini's 'Otello' at Teatro San Carlo di Napoli. Photo © 2016 Luciano Romano  Anne Sophie Duprels in Opera North's 2016 production of Puccini's 'Suor Angelica'. Photo © 2016 Tristram Kenton  Rachel Nicholls and Andreas Schager in Wagner's 'Tristan und Isolde' at Teatro dell'Opera di Roma. Photo © 2016 Yasuko Kageyama  Roderick Williams  Leah Crocetto and Brian Jagde in Verdi's 'Aida' at San Francisco Opera. Photo © 2016 Cory Weaver

 

Little to do with Shakespeare - A strong production of Rossini's 'Otello' opens Teatro San Carlo's new season in Naples, reported by Giuseppe Pennisi

Technicolour Redemption? - Two Puccini works at Opera North, reviewed by Mike Wheeler

Abstract and Symbolic - 'Tristan und Isolde' at Teatro dell'Opera di Roma enthralls Giuseppe Pennisi

Excellent Track-record - Mike Wheeler is impressed by Opera North's 'Billy Budd'

A Great Joy - Zambello's 'Aida' premieres at San Francisco Opera, by Maria Nockin

A Very Interesting Discovery - The first performance in modern times of Bellini's 'Adelson e Salvini', reviewed by Giuseppe Pennisi

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

A view from the pit - John Joubert's 'Jane Eyre', praised by Alice McVeigh

Love and Freedom - Beethoven's 'Fidelio', reviewed by Giuseppe Pennisi

A Fine Rendition - 'Don Giovanni' live in high definition from New York Metropolitan Opera, reviewed by Maria Nockin

The Joy of Operetta - Giuseppe Pennisi visits Ravenna for a trilogy of Danube stage works

'Un Ballo' Returns Home - Giuseppe Pennisi reviews Verdi in Rome

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

Astonishing Work - 'Giovanna D'Arco' in the Farnese Theater, reviewed by Giuseppe Pennisi

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

A Different 'Swan Lake' - Tchaikovsky in Rome impresses Giuseppe Pennisi

Dido Reconstructed - Henry Purcell, arranged by Atilio Cremonesi, reviewed by Giuseppe Pennisi

A Very Rich Menu - Giuseppe Pennisi attends two first performances at the Pergolesi Spontini Festival in Jesi

An African 'Norma' - Giuseppe Pennisi compares La Fenice's Bellini revival with an earlier production in Naples

Very Effective - Igor Stravinsky's 'The Soldier's Tale' at the Presteigne Festival, reviewed by Keith Bramich

Rossini on a Movie Set - 'Il Turco in Italia' and 'Ciro in Babilonia' at the Rossini Opera Festival, reviewed by Giuseppe Pennisi

Most Entertaining - Peter Eötvös' 'The Golden Dragon' impresses Mike Wheeler

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

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

Starving for Gold - Giuseppe Pennisi gets a rare chance to hear Richard Strauss' 'Der Liebe der Danae'

A Captivating Evening - Vivaldi's 'La Sena Festeggiante', reviewed by Mike Wheeler

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

Resonant Baritone - Mike Wheeler describes Josep-Ramon Olivé and Ben-San Lau's Buxton debut

Not Entirely New - Giuseppe Pennisi experiences a double 'Barber of Seville' in Rome

Lucid Sense - Handel's 'Tamerlano' at Buxton, enjoyed by Mike Wheeler

Carmen Lite-ful (Rhymes with Frightful) - James Sohre sends the last of his reports from San Francisco

On Vibrant Form - Bellini's 'I Capuletti e I Montecchi' at the Buxton Festival, recommended by Mike Wheeler

Hugely Rewarding - Mozart's 'Idomeneo' at Garsington Opera impresses Roderic Dunnett

Triumphant Janácek - 'Jenufa' in San Francisco impresses James Sohre

First Thoughts - Mike Wheeler reports on Beethoven at the 2016 Buxton Festival

Nabucco goes to War - Giuseppe Pennisi was in the audience in Rome

Musically Exceptional - San Francisco's starry Don Carlo, seen by James Sohre

A Polished Team - Heritage Opera's 'Don Giovanni', reviewed by Roderic Dunnett

Mixed Feelings - Mozart's 'Così fan tutte', reviewed by Giuseppe Pennisi

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

A Modern Tragedy - Salvatore Sciarrino's 'Luci mie traditrici', one of the most performed contemporary operas, finally reaches a major Italian opera house, by Giuseppe Pennisi

Highly Satisfying - Roderic Dunnett visits Longborough for Wagner's 'Tannhäuser'

Power and Eloquence - Mike Wheeler was at the culmination of Wagner's 'Ring' in Nottingham

Shades of Real Gentleness - Mike Wheeler listens to Lars Cleveman as Siegfried in Nottingham

Handled with Brilliance - Opera North's 'Die Walküre' impresses Mike Wheeler

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

Highly Effective - 'Das Rheingold' at Opera North, reviewed by Mike Wheeler

CD Spotlight. Powerful Music - Wolf-Ferrari's 'The Jewels of the Madonna', recommended by Geoff Pearce. 'Special praise should be given to the musical director, Friedrich Haider ...'

High Fashion - A new production of 'La traviata' in Rome, reviewed by Giuseppe Pennisi

A Delight - 'Albert Herring' in Florence impresses Giuseppe Pennisi

Turandot for Children - Giuseppe Pennisi investigates a Puccini production with one hundred and fifty performances in twelve months

Somewhat Heavy-handed - Donizetti's 'Roberto Devereux', reviewed by Maria Nockin

CD Spotlight. A Genuine Knockout - Balfe's 'Satanella', recommended by Gerald Fenech. '... a work made in Heaven, sparkling, joyous and overtly uplifting.'

Ask Alice - Classical Music Agony Aunt Alice McVeigh on Wagner's 'Tannhäuser' at Covent Garden

Sex and Murder - Giordano's 'La cena delle beffe', reviewed by Giuseppe Pennisi

A Difficult Score - The new critical edition of Puccini's 'La Fanciulla del West', reviewed by Giuseppe Pennisi

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

 
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