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La Traviata

‘La Traviata’ stands alongside ‘Il Trovatore’ and ‘Rigoletto’ as one of the three operas that launch Verdi’s middle period when he had attained full m...
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La Traviata

Every opera company needs a top quality production of Traviata that it can roll out to bring in the crowds and fill the coffers. Verdi’s tuneful and t...
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Don Carlo

This was a classic opera production, a remake of original direction and design made for several Spanish opera companies. The story is grave, and so is...
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La Forza del Destino

This Verdi blockbuster, chosen by Welsh National Opera as part of their ‘Rabble Rousers’ season, deals with the malevolent effect of fate on three peo...
Canadian Opera Company’s production of Rigoletto, 2018. Photo Michael Cooper
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Rigoletto

Alexander Neef, General Director of the COC, describes Verdi’s Rigoletto as “incendiary”. He situates this production within a historical moment where...
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Un Ballo In Maschera

Verdi’s opera had a tumultuous fate: Somma’s libretto after Scribe’s Gustave III was censored by the Naples authorities...
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Les Vêpres Siciliennes

The Les Vêpres Siciliennes or as it is known in English The Sicilian Vespers is the name given to the successful rebellion on the island of Sicily tha...
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Simon Boccanegra

It is a privilege to have the opportunity to experience Italian opera in a traditional setting and hear Simon Bocaneggra twice in a week with different cast
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Aida

Aida is grand opera in every way – big voices, huge choruses, and lots of extras. And this ENO production, directed by Phelim McDermott, certainly goe...
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Aida

Listening to Riccardo Muti conducting Verdi is an absolute treat. His deep love and understanding of the composer's music was evident...