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From the opera house in Parma comes this scintillating production by Stefano Vizioli. With its bold settings, mostly of primary colours, looking very attractive both in wide shot and in close up, the focus is thrown onto the singers, most of them names I have not come across before. They all acquit themselves superbly. It is clear from the outset they are having fun and their enjoyment is infectious. There’s some very accomplished singing from Dmitry Korchak as Almaviva. Light of voice but with power when it’s needed, he possesses considerable style. He’s an artist with the talent to go far. Luca Salsi is an amiable Figaro with all the notes, while the mezzo Ketevan Kemoklidze charms as Rosina. Andrea Battistoni, the new principal guest conductor in Parma, controls the mood with a light hand: again, another name to watch out for. This is a production to make you smile.

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