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Gustavo Dudamel's blazing Otello takes Barcelona by storm
Verdi's tragic Otello is an enormous challenge for any conductor: from the rousing storm at the beginning to the quiet "Ave Maria" at the end. We delve into the craft of charismatic conductor Gustavo Dudamel as he inspires in Barcelona with his interpretation.
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149 years ago, Giusppe Verdi replaced the original opening to the third act of his celebrated opera, Aida and it has remained unheard. Until now. Musica reports on the rapturously-received alternative version as performed at La Scala in Milan.
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A daring new staging of Verdi's legendary "La Traviata" brings the classic tale into the internet age. And it has clicked with audiences.
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Verdi's "La Forza del Destino" casts its spell on Zurich
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Jonas Kaufmann is Otello in Covent Garden
For the first time in thirty years London's Covent Garden opera house is putting on Verdi's Otello - and he's still white.
Desdemona a victim? Never!
A much-anticipated new production of Verdi’s Otello has opened the season at New York’s Metropolitan Opera. It’s a lavish show full of excitement
Placido Domingo enlightens in dark Macbeth
Superstar Plácido Domingo debuted as Macbeth recently at the Berlin State Opera. But he had to be persuaded to take the role of a killer.
Verdi's 'Il Trovatore' takes Salzburg by storm
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Verdi's troubled hero Ernani takes Monte Carlo by storm
It is the opera that turned Verdi into an international star. Ernani is a melodrama of love and jealousy, honour and revenge. No fewer than three
Don Carlo's sensational cast delights Salzburg audiences
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East meets West in music in Istanbul
In Istanbul – the city which stands at the crossroads of Asia and Europe – an orchestra has become a prominent element of its vibrant cultural scene
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Bonus interview: Sir John Eliot Gardiner
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