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Tears of blood among the cherry blossoms: La Scala make amends with a return to Puccini’s original Madama Butterfly

Puccini: Madama Butterfly **** Teatro alla Scala, Milan, 7th December 2016 For years I’ve wondered why Cio-Cio San refers to her bridegroom as F.B. Pinkerton when the Imperial Commissioner names him as Benjamin Franklin Pinkerton in the wedding ceremony. Was … Continue reading

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Pountney points the Finger of Fate: La forza del destino from Vienna

Verdi: La forza del destino Zubin Mehta/Wiener Staatsoper (C major) Who would have guessed that Verdi’s La forza del destino is an opera filled with coincidental encounters, fickle fate and sheer rotten luck? If you miss that point in David … Continue reading

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