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Stiffelio has enjoyed quite a revival of fortunes over the last couple of decades, and Guy Montavon’s Parma production is a worthy addition to the catalogue, his simple Amish setting making perfect dramatic sense. Andrea Battistoni adds to his reputation with a controlled reading of the score, and his cast is good if not riveting: Roberto Aronica is a solid protagonist, grave but not pompous, and his Lina, Yu Guanqun, provides a rich soprano and looks slightly awkward (not entirely dramatically unwelcome). Roberto Frontali’s robust baritone suits Stankar very well.

We take a step back with Il trovatore in Lorenzo Marioni’s dull production, which offers an almost lunar landscape and not

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