Giuseppe Pennisi (born in Rome on 24 January 1942) has been an opera buff since the age of twelve. He has pursued two parallel careers as an economist and as a music reviewer.
As an economist, he worked for the World Bank for eighteen years and for UN agencies (FAO and ILO) for seven years. He has held senior positions in Italian public service and academia. His bank colleagues recall that he planned his missions in line with the lyric season.
Over the last forty years, he has written opera reviews for a weekly magazine and for a Milan-based financial and economic daily paper. Thus, he had to organize his lecturing according to the schedules of major Italian opera houses and European summer festivals such as Aix-en-Provence and Salzburg.
These days he travels from theatre to theatre less than in the past because ageing involves health problems, but he writes about opera and classical music for the British online magazine Classical Music Daily, for two Italian web magazines, two monthlies and for a very high-brow quarterly. Professionally, he started late in this field but made a career; he was for a few years Vice President of the Teatro Lirico Sperimentale in Spoleto, and is often called to serve on the panel for the yearly opera awards.
Articles by Giuseppe Pennisi
Giuseppe Pennisi listens to Ludovico Einaudi's opera 'Winter Journey'
Giuseppe Pennisi writes about a performance of 'L'empio punito' by Alessandro Melani
Giuseppe Pennisi has some advice for Graham Vick, based on the latter's latest production of 'Don Giovanni'
Giuseppe Pennisi reviews a special concert
Giuseppe Pennisi attends a gala evening in Rome dedicated to two experimental works
Giuseppe Pennisi reports on a world tour by Diana Damrau and Xavier de Maistre
Giuseppe Pennisi is impressed by Enkeleda Kamani as Gilda in Verdi's 'Rigoletto' at La Scala, Milan
Giuseppe Pennisi reports on Offenbach's 'Orpheus in the Underworld' at the Salzburg Festival
Giuseppe Pennisi reports on one of Verdi's 'cursed' operas at the Salzburg Festival
Giuseppe Pennisi sends his first report from the 2019 Salzburg Festival
Giuseppe Pennisi sends his final report from Pesaro
Giuseppe Pennisi reports from Pesaro on 'Demetrio e Polibio'
Giuseppe Pennisi reports on a new production of 'Semiramide' at the Rossini Opera Festival
Giuseppe Pennisi attends 'Sarang è Amore' at the Korean Cultural Institute in Rome
Giuseppe Pennisi looks forward to the Rossini Opera Festival, 11-23 August 2019, and explains why investing in Rossini can be profitable
Giuseppe Pennisi steps up to Caetani Castle to listen to madrigals by Gesualdo
Giuseppe Pennisi attends three Tokyo Ballet performances in Rome
Giuseppe Pennisi attends a cello and piano recital unexpectedly
Giuseppe Pennisi listens to selections of music by Alessandro Scarlatti, Bernado Pasquini and George Frideric Handel
Music by Michele Dall'Ongaro and Verdi in a chamber music format
Giuseppe Pennisi was at the opening concert of the 2019 Chigiana International Festival
Denis Krief's new production in Rome
An opera by Italian composer Silvia Colasanti
Giuseppe Pennisi considers Puccini's opera as a real orchestral masterpiece
Giuseppe Pennisi listens to an all-Beethoven programme from Gustavo Dudamel and the Orchestra of the Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia
Giuseppe Pennisi experiences the revival in Rome of Rossini's 'La Cenerentola'
Giuseppe Pennisi samples Italy's 2019 Ravenna Summer Festival
Giuseppe Pennisi reports on an Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia performance in Rome
Giuseppe Pennisi describes the Fiery Angel that hangs over Rome
Bellini's 'La Straniera' at Maggio Musicale Fiorentino
Giuseppe Pennisi reviews a revival of Wagner's 'Die Walküre' in Naples
Giuseppe Pennisi reports on the last 2018-19 subscription concert of Rome's Istituzione Universitaria dei Concerti, given by Giuliano Carmagnola and Concerto Köln
Giuseppe Pennisi is impressed by Handel's 'Semele' from John Eliot Gardiner and the Monteverdi ensembles
'Snow White' danced to music by Gustav Mahler
The new production of 'Ariadne auf Naxos' at La Scala Milan
Ton Koopman conducts the Mass in C and the Jupiter Symphony
Damiano Michieletto's joint venture with La Fenice is not a success in Rome, as described
Giuseppe Pennisi listens to music by Ivan Fidele, Taneyev, Scriabin and Stravinsky
Giuseppe Pennisi listens to interweaved movements from Beethoven and Ligeti, played by Herbert Schuch
Giuseppe Pennisi reports on a special concert in Rome
Giuseppe Pennisi listens to a new work by Nicola Piovani
Giuseppe Pennisi describes an English conductor's visit to Rome
Giuseppe Pennisi was at the Roman debut of Gluck's 'Orfeo'
Giuseppe Pennisi listens to contemporary music in a baroque setting
Giuseppe Pennisi listens to German pianist Alexander Lonquich
Giuseppe Pennisi is impressed by Musorgsky's 'Khovanshchina' at La Scala Milan
Giuseppe Pennisi listens to Petrassi and Shostakovich in Rome
Giuseppe Pennisi describes how Cagliari awakens Antônio Carlos Gomes' 'Lo Schiavo' after a long sleep
Giuseppe Pennisi witnesses a true triumph with Donizetti's 'Anna Bolena' in Rome
Giuseppe Pennisi listens to special Rossini in a special place
Giuseppe Pennisi experiences the Italian version of Benjamin Britten's 'The Little Sweep'
Giuseppe Pennisi listens to music by Nicola Sani. 'The performances by Roberto Fabbriciani and Alvise Vidolin, frequent collaborators of Nicola Sani, were just superb.'
Giuseppe Pennisi reports from the opening night at Teatro dell'Opera di Roma
Giuseppe Pennisi looks forward to a summer of opera in Italy
Kurtág and Brahms in concert
Giuseppe Pennisi reports from Palermo on the opening of Teatro Massimo's 2019 opera season
Accademia Bizantina's 'The Art of Fugue' enthralls Rome and Giuseppe Pennisi
A new Florence production of Wagner's 'The Flying Dutchman'
Giuseppe Pennisi listens to Wagner and Mahler from the Accademia di Santa Cecilia in Rome
Teatro dell'Opera di Roma's new production of 'Swan Lake'
Janácek's 'Kát'a Kabanová'
Manfred Honeck conducts, and Giuseppe Pennisi was in the audience
Giuseppe Verdi's 'Attila', opening La Scala's 2018-19 season, enthralls Giuseppe Pennisi
Giuseppe Pennisi was at the opening night of Teatro dell'Opera di Roma's new season
An Autumn trilogy of operas, attended
György Kurtág's 'Fin de Partie'
Leonard Bernstein's 'Trouble in Tahiti' at Rome's Nuova Consonanza Festival
Giuseppe Pennisi explores the mesmerising aural world of John Adams
Giuseppe Pennisi attends the inaugural concert of The Rome International Festival of Sacred Music and Art
Graham Vick's 'The Marriage of Figaro' in Rome
Haydn's oratorio begins one of Rome's major concert seasons
Leonard Bernstein's 'West Side Story' begins Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia's season
Giuseppe Pennisi was at the opening of Teatro dell'Opera di Roma's autumn season
Giuseppe Pennisi was expecting a graduate performance of Monteverdi, but experienced a masterpiece
'Attila' at the Verdi Festival
Giuseppe Pennisi experiences 'Le Trouvère', the last operatic staging in Parma's Teatro Farnese
'Un Giorno di Regno' in Busseto
Giuseppe Pennisi reports from the 2018 Verdi Festival
Gaspare Spontini's 'Le metamorfosi di Pasquale'
Giuseppe Pennisi reports from the Sagra Musicale Umbra Festival
'Il Trittico' at the Puccini Festival
Giovanni Pacini's 'Il Convitato di Pietra'
Pier Luigi Pizzi's new 'Barber of Seville' enthralls the Rossini Opera Festival
Rossini's 'Adina' in Pesaro
'Ricciardo e Zoriade' at the Rossini Opera Festival
Tchaikovsky's 'The Queen of Spades' at Salzburg
Giuseppe Pennisi reports on the Salzburg Festival Young Conductors Award
Mozart's 'Die Zauberflöte' at the Salzburg Summer Festival
A homage to Beat Furrer in Salzburg
Giuseppe Pennisi sends his first report from the Salzburg Summer Festival
Giuseppe Pennisi was at Rome's Terme di Caracalla for a new production of Prokofiev's ballet
Orchestral music by Toshio Hosokawa. 'The interpreters ... are high level and accustomed to working with Hosokawa and his music.'
Music from Japan and Portugal at Rome's 'Opus' Festival
'La Traviata' in 'La Dolce Vita'
Two summer concerts on an evening in Rome
Puccini's 'La bohème' in Rome
Opera North enthralls the audience at the Ravenna Festival in Cole Porter's 'Kiss me Kate'
Giuseppe Pennisi visits Bologna for a very political 'Don Carlo'
Adriano Guarnieri's new opera at the Maggio Musicale Fiorentino
Kenneth McMillan's ballet on Massenet's music arrives in Rome, enthralling Giuseppe Pennisi
A Hindemith and Mascagni double bill in Cagliari
Giuseppe Pennisi was in the audience for the first performance in Rome of Benjamin Britten's 'Billy Budd'
Hindemith's 'Cardillac' at the Maggio Musicale Fiorentino
Giuseppe Pennisi talks to Francesco Giambrone, Superindent of Teatro Massimo di Palermo
Giuseppe Pennisi attends a special Opera Domani performance
Dmitri Shostakovich's 'Lady Macbeth of the Mtsensk District' in Naples
Riccardo Zandonai's 'Francesca da Rimini' at La Scala
'I Puritani in Palermo'
A mixed reception for 'Cav and Pag' at Teatro dell'Opera
Wagner's 'Der fliegende Holländer' at the Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia in Rome
Constantinos Carydis conducts Russian and Greek music in Rome, impressing Giuseppe Pennisi
A triptych of modern ballets
Poulenc's 'Dialogues des Carmélites' in Bologna
Stravinsky's 'A Soldier's Tale'
Contrasting Busoni and Puccini in Cagliari
Giuseppe Pennisi is moved by Richard Strauss and Schoenberg played by the Stradivari Sextet
Giuseppe Pennisi is more impressed by the musical than the visual aspects of Donizetti's 'La favorite' in Florence
Giuseppe Pennisi is impressed with the first performance of Marco Tutino's 'Miseria e Nobilità'
A new production of Bellini's 'La Sonnambula'
French Carnival Operettas in Venice
Giuseppe Pennisi listens to Messiaen in Rome
Lisa Batiashvili plays Prokofiev
Giuseppe Pennisi samples a concert series marking the one hundredth anniversary of the French composer's death
Lalo and Pink Floyd ballets in Rome
Giuseppe Pennisi listens to Bernardo Pasquini's 'La Sete di Cristo'
Giuseppe Pennisi describes the recent performance history of Rossini's 'William Tell' and reviews Palermo's 2018 production
Giuseppe Pennisi describes the stormy reaction to Verdi's 'I Masnadieri'
Valery Gergiev conducts Tchaikovsky's 'Iolanta', impressing Giuseppe Pennisi
Kodály, Glass and Bruckner
Giuseppe Pennisi listens to music by Giacinto Scelsi
An anthology of twentieth century music
Berlioz's 'La damnation de Faust' at Teatro dell'Opera di Roma,
Lisa Batiashvili plays Tchaikovsky's Violin Concerto, and Giuseppe Pennisi is impressed
La Scala revives 'Andrea Chénier', reviewed via live HD projection
The Joy of Marionette Operas
Early twentieth century French music by Ibert, Saint Saëns, Debussy and Ravel
Marco Tutino's 'La Ciociara' comes to Italy and
Giuseppe Pennisi writes about three operas on the brink of the twentieth century, performed as a cycle in Ravenna
Giuseppe Pennisi describes the opening of Teatro dell'Opera di Roma's new ballet season, with a new version of Ludwig Minkus' work, creating a stylised and colorful fairytale world
The first performance of Salvatore Sciarrino's 'Ti vedo, ti sento, mi perdo'
Giuseppe Pennisi experiences two very different performances
Salvatore Sciarrino's opera 'Superflumina'
Giuseppe Pennisi attends one of Stefano Belisari's last performances as Elio e le Storie Tese, in one of Mozart's most mysterious and ambiguous operas
Giuseppe Pennisi on Puccini's 'La fanciulla del West' in Cagliari
Giuseppe Pennisi visits Florence, where the audience is enthralled by the first performance there of Puccini's 'La Rondine'
Gaetano Donizetti's 'Pia de' Tolomei' in Pisa, but on its way to Charleston, South Carolina
Daniel Auber's 'Fra Diavolo' is back in Rome
Szymanowski's 'Król Roger'
An opera about the Italian theoretical physicist Ettore Majorana
Giuseppe Pennisi returns to the 2017 Verdi Festival
'Jérusalem' at the 2017 Verdi Festival
Giuseppe Pennisi listens to Russian orchestral music at the George Enescu Festival
Paul Hindemith's 'Mathis der Maler' at the Enescu Festival in Bucharest
A Roland Petit soirée at Opera di Roma
Two concerts in Salzburg impress Giuseppe Pennisi
Alban Berg from Salzburg
Handel's 'Ariodante' at Salzburg
Giuseppe Pennisi reports on Shostakovich's 'Lady Macbeth of the Mtsensk District'
Aribert Reimann's 'Lear' at Salzburg
Rossini's 'Torvaldo e Dorliska'
Giuseppe Pennisi comments on Rossini's 'La Pietra di Paragone' in Pesaro
Giuseppe Pennisi reports on the first performance of the original version of Rossini's 'Siege of Corinth'
Giuseppe Pennisi reports from the Macerata Opera Festival
Giuseppe Pennisi reports from Teatro dell'Opera di Roma
Carlo Boccadoro's chamber opera 'Shi', based on Matteo Ricci's Jesuit mission in China,
'La Rondine' at the Puccini Opera Festival
A new 'Turandot' at the Puccini Festival
Giuseppe Pennisi was in Siena for the Chigiana Award concert
A new production of 'Carmen' stirs a mini-International Controversy
Giuseppe Pennisi samples the two themes at this summer's Ravenna Festival
Giuseppe Pennisi reports on the new production of 'Salome' in Leipzig
'Die Frau ohne Schatten' at the Strauss Festival in Leipzig
'Arabella' from Festival Strauss in Leipzig
Rossini's 'Il viaggio a Reims' in Rome
Verdi in Sardinia
Giuseppe Pennisi reports on a trendy concert series in Rome
Benjamin Britten's 'Peter Grimes' in Bologna
'Lulu' lands in Rome after fifty years
Lyric Verdi, and a great success, but in some ways a 'Don Carlo' of losers at the Maggio Musicale Fiorentino,
Giuseppe Pennisi discusses operas representing intrigues which couldn't be discussed in public
William Walton's 'Façade' in Rome, alongside a symphony by Alfredo Casella
Giordano's 'Andrea Chénier' returns to the Teatro dell'Opera after more than forty years, impressing Giuseppe Pennisi
Antonio Pappano's St John Passion
Richard Strauss' 'Elektra', back in Naples,
Donizetti's 'Maria Stuarda' in Rome
Vladimir Jurowski conducts Zemlinsky and Mahler
Giuseppe Pennisi listens to Yuri Bashmet and his Moscow Soloists ensemble
The Eight Seasons of Vivaldi and Piazzolla. '... Yury Revich is a superb soloist, a real virtuoso with tremendous imagination and a splendid use of his instrument.'
Tchaikovsky's 'The Enchantress'
Janácek's 'Kát'a Kabanová' in Turin
Giuseppe Pennisi listens to Robert Schumann's oratorio 'Das Paradies und die Peri'
Giuseppe Pennisi watches and listens to Tchaikovsky's 'Sleeping Beauty'
Giuseppe Pennisi experiences a different 'Sleeping Beauty', Ottorino Respighi's 'La Bella Addormentata nel Bosco', at the Lyric Theatre in Cagliari
Giuseppe Pennisi visits Venice, one of Richard Wagner's favourite cities
Verdi's 'Macbeth' in Palermo
Giuseppe Pennisi was in the audience at Teatro dell'Opera di Roma
Leonardo Vinci and Pietro Metastasio's 'Didone Abbandonata'
'Die Fledermaus' on Twelfth Night
Giuseppe Pennisi reports from Rome
Giuseppe Pennisi reports on Christmas concerts in the Holy Land
Giuseppe Pennisi reports on Verdi from Cagliari
Giuseppe Pennisi was at La Scala for the start of the new season in Milan
A strong production of Rossini's 'Otello' opens Teatro San Carlo's new season in Naples
'Tristan und Isolde' at Teatro dell'Opera di Roma enthralls Giuseppe Pennisi
Giuseppe Pennisi listens to Patricia Kopatchcinskaja and the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra
'La Liberazione di Ruggiero dall'Isola di Alcina' by the almost forgotten Francesca Caccini
The first performance in modern times of Bellini's 'Adelson e Salvini'
Giuseppe Pennisi reviews the first performance of Filippo Perocco's opera 'Aquagranda'
Janácek's 'Jenufa' in Palermo
Giuseppe Pennisi visits Ravenna for a trilogy of Danube stage works
Giuseppe Pennisi reviews Verdi in Rome
Giuseppe Pennisi experiences Camille Saint-Saëns' opera 'Proserpine' in Munich
Giuseppe Pennisi enjoys the baroque show 'Aria' in Rome
'Giovanna D'Arco' in the Farnese Theater
Giuseppe Pennisi visits the revitalised Verdi Festival in Parma for 'Don Carlo'
Tchaikovsky in Rome
Contrasting concerts at the Sagra Musicale Umbra
Giuseppe Pennisi's first of two reports from the Sagra Musicale Umbra
Henry Purcell, arranged by Atilio Cremonesi
Giuseppe Pennisi attends two first performances at the Pergolesi Spontini Festival in Jesi
Giuseppe Pennisi compares La Fenice's Bellini revival with an earlier production in Naples
France at the Festival of Nations
'Il Turco in Italia' and 'Ciro in Babilonia' at the Rossini Opera Festival
Giuseppe Pennisi visits the Rossini Opera Festival in Pesaro for an original and moving 'La Donna del Lago'
Giuseppe Pennisi's last report from this year's Salzburg Festival features a new production of Mozart's 'Così fan tutte'
Giuseppe Pennisi gets a rare chance to hear Richard Strauss' 'Der Liebe der Danae'
Spiritual and religious music at the Salzburg Festival
Giuseppe Pennisi, reporting from Salzburg, finds the first performance of Thomas Adès' new opera 'The Exterminating Angel' even more engrossing than Luis Bunuel
Giuseppe Pennisi reports from Siena's Chigiana International Festival
Giuseppe Pennisi experiences a double 'Barber of Seville' in Rome
Giuseppe Pennisi was in the audience in Rome
Mozart's 'Così fan tutte'
Giuseppe Pennisi is impressed by Donizetti's religious opera 'Linda di Chamounix'
Salvatore Sciarrino's 'Luci mie traditrici', one of the most performed contemporary operas, finally reaches a major Italian opera house
Giuseppe Pennisi assesses three works at a contemporary music festival in Rome
A new production of 'La traviata' in Rome
'Albert Herring' in Florence
Giuseppe Pennisi investigates a Puccini production with one hundred and fifty performances in twelve months
Giordano's 'La cena delle beffe'
The new critical edition of Puccini's 'La Fanciulla del West'
Tchaikovsky's 'Iolanta' in Florence
A concert in memory of the Italian conductor
Puccini's 'Il Trittico' as seen by Michieletto and Rustioni
Alfredo Casella's fairy tale 'La Donna Serpente'
Giuseppe Pennisi visits the Printemps des Arts Festival
Respighi's 'Sunken Bell' in Cagliari
Berlioz's 'Benvenuto Cellini'
Giuseppe Pennisi visits Pisa for Arrigo Boito's 'Mefistofele'
Stravinsky's 'Oedipus Rex'
Eleonora Abbagnato's 'Four Great Choreographers' at Teatro dell'Opera di Roma
Giuseppe Pennisi visits Naples
The first of three new 'Barber of Seville' productions marking the opera's bicentenary
Giuseppe Pennisi reviews Hervé's 'Les Chevaliers de la Table Ronde'
Handel's 'Il Trionfo del Tempo e del Disinganno'
Wagner's 'Götterdämmerung' ends the Palermo 'Ring' cycle
Rossini's 'La Cenerentola' in Rome
Special concerts in Rome
Giuseppe Pennisi visits the big screen in Rome
Unusual ballet productions in Italy
Teatro Massimo di Palermo's 'Siegfried'
Christmas music in Rome
Verdi's 'Giovanna D'Arco' at La Scala
Hans Werner Henze's 'The Bassarids'
Donizetti's 'Don Pasquale'
Richard Strauss' 'Elektra' in Bologna
Giuseppe Pennisi samples The Vatican's recent festival of sacred music and art
Antonio Pappano's 'Beethoven and the Contemporaries'
Alban Berg's 'Wozzeck' at La Scala
Giuseppe Pennisi experiences a new dance in Rome
Symphonies, cantatas and concertos by J S Bach
'The Rise and Fall of the City of Mahagonny' by Kurt Weill and Bertolt Brecht
The first in a series of orchestral concerts in Rome
The Tallis Scholars celebrate Arvo Pärt's eightieth birthday at Italy's Sagra Musicale Umbra
German operas at the Enescu Festival in Bucharest
Giuseppe Pennisi reports from Bucharest
Giuseppe Pennisi reviews John Adams' opera 'I Was looking at the Ceiling and Then I Saw the Sky'
Giuseppe Pennisi was present when La Scala Philharmonic Orchestra visited Rome
Giuseppe Pennisi visits the Rossini Opera Festival in Pesaro
Opera at the Salzburg Summer Festival
Giuseppe Pennisi continues his reports from the Salzburg Summer Festival
Wolfgang Rihm's 'Die Eroberung von Mexico'
Giuseppe Pennisi attended the Chigiana International Festival in Siena
Puccini operas in Rome
Giuseppe Pennisi visits Aix-en-Provence for three operas and an orchestral concert
Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia's Gershwin Gala, attended
Tchaikovsky's 'Queen of Spades' appeals to Giuseppe Pennisi
Alessandro Solbiati's 'Il Suono Giallo'
Giuseppe Pennisi visits Ravenna to hear Pierre Boulez, Adriano Guarnieri and Nicola Piovani
Giorgio Battistelli's new opera for Expo Milano 2015
Giorgio Strehler's 'Marriage of Figaro' finally reaches Rome
Mozart's 'The Magic Flute' from Bologna
Myung-Whun Chung returns to Rome to conduct Beethoven and Mahler
Manfred Honeck conducts Mozart and Mahler
Maggio Musicale Fiorentino's 'Fidelio' is performed under difficult conditions, described
Giuseppe Pennisi describes an intimate 'Aida' in Rome
'Jenufa' at the Teatro Comunale di Bologna
Music by the French composer George Onslow
'Euridice' according to Salvatore Sciarrino
Giuseppe Pennisi attends a memorial to Luca Ronconi
Printemps des Arts de Monte Carlo
The French ensemble Les Paladins
Giuseppe Pennisi reports from Rome
Mozart's 'Lucio Silla' at La Scala
Gluck's 'Orfeo e Euridice' in Palermo, in the Berlioz version
Bellini's 'I Puritani'
'Le Ventre de Paris'
Giuseppe Pennisi experiences an icy Paris/Milan production of Monteverdi's 'L'incoronazione di Poppea'
Hans Werner Henze's love for Italy, and 'Gisella!' in Palermo
Zimmermann's 'Die Soldaten' in Milan, enthralls Giuseppe Pennisi
Willy Decker's production of Massenet's opera finally reaches Rome
Verdi's 'Un ballo in maschera' in Bologna
'Traviata' on the lagoon
'Il Trovatore in Naples'
Offenbach's The Tales of Hoffmann
Giuseppe Pennisi was at the opening night of La Scala's opera season
Giuseppe Pennisi visits La Fenice for Verdi's 'Simon Boccanegra'
Dvorák's 'Rusalka' in Rome
Giuseppe Pennisi was in Naples for Richard Strauss' 'Salome'
Giuseppe Pennisi was at the opening concert of the National Academy of Santa Cecilia's season
Stefano Ranzani conducts Verdi's 'Simon Boccanegra'
A journey to the Almighty with Verdi's 'The Force of Destiny', highly rated
Graham Vick's 'Don Giovanni'
De Giosa's 'Don Checco'
Purcell's 'King Arthur' travels to Italy, and is experienced
The Francesco Siciliani Prize at Sagra Musicale Umbra
'Die Entführung aus dem Serail' at Sagra Musicale Umbra enthralls Giuseppe Pennisi
Giuseppe Pennisi sends a second report from the 2014 Rossini Opera Festival
'The Barber of Seville' at the Rossini Opera Festival
'Madama Butterfly' and 'Il Trittico' at the Puccini Festival, discussed
Richard Strauss at Salzburg
Women and War at the Salzburg Festival
Giuseppe Pennisi experiences Salzburg Festival's 'Ouverture spirituelle'
Wagner's 'Ring' at the Tyroler Festspiele Erl
Giuseppe Pennisi experiences 'Il Bajazet'
A triptych of ballet on tour, with dancing in the monumental Roman ruins
'Carmen' in Bizet's original version
Palermo's mixed reception to an innovative 'Norma'
Giuseppe Pennisi enjoys 'Orfeo e Euridice' at the Maggio Musicale Fiorentino, and surveys the different versions of Gluck's opera
Prokofiev's 'The Love of Three Oranges'
Twentieth century operas in Rome
A new Italian production of Don Giovanni
Donizetti's L'elisir d'amore in Rome
Wagner's 'Tristan und Isolde'
Andrea Molino's Qui non c'è perché
Berlioz's Les Troyens
Brits in Rome
Rossini's 'Maometto II'
A Zemlinsky-Puccini double bill in Turin
Giuseppe Pennisi visits the Printemps des Arts in Monte Carlo
Silvia Colasanti's 'La Metamorfosi'
Power, technology and sex in Rimsky Korsakov's 'The Tsar's Bride'
Giuseppe Pennisi was at Puccini's 'Manon Lescaut', performed under difficult conditions in Rome
A special 'Otello'
Rome's 'Controtempo' contemporary music festival
Giuseppe Pennisi visits Pisa for The Tales of Hoffmann
Giuseppe Pennisi compares versions of Mahler's Resurrection Symphony
Giuseppe Pennisi attends a Ravel double bill in Rome
'Feuersnot' by Richard Strauss
A new production of Wagner's 'Parsifal'
New Year in Italy
Comic operas in Berlin
Verdi's 'La Traviata' at the start of La Scala's new season
Giuseppe Pennisi attended a successful performance of Verdi's 'Ernani' in Rome
Verdi's Shakespeare trilogy in Ravenna
'Simon Boccanegra' in Turin
Giuseppe Pennisi was at a concert performance in Rome of Britten's 'Peter Grimes'
Turandot in Rome as written by Puccini
Giuseppe Pennisi listens to contemporary music at two Italian festivals
Wagner and Britten in the Umbrian Hills
Giuseppe Pennisi visits Sagra Musicale Umbra
Giuseppe Pennisi listens to Schoenberg in Bucharest
Contemporary music at the Enescu Festival, discussed
'Otello' in an immigration camp at the Enescu Festival in Bucharest
Giuseppe Pennisi listens to orchestral and chamber concerts at the Salzburg Summer Festival
An unusual Salzburg 'Ring'
Giuseppe Pennisi reports on Mozart, Verdi and Wagner operas from Salzburg's summer festival
Giuseppe Pennisi was at the 2013 Torre del Lago Festival for a new international production of 'Tosca' and a performance of 'Rigoletto' with young singers
Giuseppe Pennisi was at the 2013 Rossini Opera Festival
Summer opera in Rome
Contemporary and modern music at Aix-en-Provence
'Electra' and 'Elena' at Aix-en-Provence
Giuseppe Pennisi reports from Tunisia's El Jem Symphony Festival
Britten's 'Curlew River' in Rome
A half-baked 'Don Pasquale'
Purcell's 'Dido and Aeneas' in the Roman Gym
Three one act operas exploring the condition of women
Antonio Pappano's 'Un Ballo in Maschera'
A new start for 'Il Trionfo di Clelia'? Giuseppe Pennisi has his doubts
Wagner's 'Götterdämmerung' at La Scala Milan
Giuseppe Pennisi attended a performance of Wagner's 'Rienzi' in Rome
Giuseppe Pennisi was at the opening night of the Maggio Musicale Fiorentino
Wagner's 'Flying Dutchman' enthralls Giuseppe Pennisi
Eighteenth century Neapolitan cello concertos fascinate Giuseppe Pennisi
Giuseppe Pennisi was at the opening night of Verdi's 'Don Carlo' in Turin
Saint-Saëns' 'Samson' as envisaged by La Fura dels Baus
Bartók and Cambodian music in Monte Carlo
Alexander Raskatov's 'A Dog's Heart'
Giuseppe Pennisi experiences Ravenna's first performance of Britten's 'The Rape of Lucretia'
Makropoulos in the Lagoon
Verdi's rarely performed 'I Due Foscari'
A shocking 'Die Walküre'
Bayreuth's 'Das Rheingold' previewed in Rome
Adolphe Adam's 'Giselle'
An evening of piano music from Giuseppe Andaloro
Verdi, Shakespeare and Macbeth's lust for power
Giuseppe Pennisi takes a sniff at Shostakovich's 'The Nose'
If 'Das Rheingold' becomes a comedy
A piano journey on the Danube
Giuseppe Pennisi discusses a sexy 'Falstaff' at La Scala
The legacy of Giacinto Scelsi twenty-five years on
Stravinsky's 'The Rite of Spring'
Music by Vivaldi in the churches of Rome
Minkus' 'Don Quixote' in Rome
Concerts in Rome for Peace
A sexless 'Traviata' opens San Carlo's new season in Naples
A controversial 'Lohengrin' at La Scala
'Simon Boccanegra' in Rome
Works by Sciarrino and Messiaen. '... quite eclectic ...'
Chinese National Opera's 'Turandot' on tour
Rome's new production of Prokofiev's 'Romeo and Juliet'
Giuseppe Pennisi visits Sagra Musicale Umbra 2012
Giuseppe Pennisi reports on Spontini's recently discovered comedy 'La Fuga in Maschera'
More from this summer's Salzburg Festival
At the Salzburg Summer Festival, Giuseppe Pennisi was enthralled by Bernd Alois Zimmermann's 'Die Soldaten'
Giuseppe Pennisi reports on his week at the Rossini Opera Festival
Summer Opera in Rome
Giuseppe Pennisi describes how the Puccini Opera Festival is at a turning point
Giuseppe Pennisi visits the annual Munich Opera Festival
Giuseppe Pennisi describes how Gounod's 'Roméo et Juliette' attracts a new audience in Verona
Giuseppe Pennisi visits the 2012 Tyrol Festival for new productions of 'Lohengrin' and 'Tosca'
Giuseppe Pennisi visits the 2012 Ravenna Festival
Benjamin Britten's chamber opera 'The Turn of the Screw' opens the 55th Spoleto Festival
Giuseppe Pennisi reports on a three-day musical party near Lucca in Tuscany
Britten's 'A Midsummer Night's Dream'
An Almodóvar-style 'Elisir d'Amore' from Valencia and Palermo
Giuseppe Pennisi was in Berlin for the opening night of a revival of 'The Rise and Fall of the City of Mahagonny'
Giuseppe Pennisi reports on bel canto in Europe
Giuseppe Pennisi was at the opening night of Teatro dell'Opera di Roma's production of Verdi's 'Attila'
Giuseppe Pennisi was at La Scala for a new production of 'Peter Grimes'
Zemlinksy's 'Der König Kandaules'
'Der Rosenkavalier' at the Maggio Musicale Fiorentino, a festival with a rich programme but a dire financial situation
Giuseppe Pennisi was in Ravenna for the revival of a successful production of Handel's 'Rinaldo'
Giuseppe Pennisi describes a rather half-baked 'Barber of Seville'
Giuseppe Pennisi was at the opening night of the new Parma-Montecarlo production of Verdi's 'Stiffelio'
Giuseppe Pennisi visits Palermo for the critical edition of Musorgsky's 'Boris Godunov'
Giuseppe Pennisi reports on the opening night of 'Die Zauberflöte' in Rome
Strauss's 'woman' on the analyst's couch
Giuseppe Pennisi reports from Naples on 'I Masnadieri' and 'Die Räuber'
Operas for reconstruction at L'Aquila
A new 'Butterfly' production in Rome
Franz Schmidt's 'The Book with Seven Seals'
A Neapolitan 'Threepenny Opera'
A shock to the normally conservative audience at Rome's Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia
Verdi's 'Aida' began the 2012 season at Parma's Teatro Regio, and Giuseppe Pennisi was there
Giuseppe Pennisi discovers, via Bernstein's 'Candide', why we don't live in 'the best of all possible worlds'
Giuseppe Pennisi was in eastern Sicily for the opening night of Teatro Massimo Bellini's 2012 season - a low cost but high quality 'Carmen'
Giuseppe Pennisi reports on music for the Christmas and New Year period in Italy, for children and for those who love children
On the rediscovery of the Italian symphonic tradition
Under Riccardo Muti's baton, Verdi's first Shakespearean opera inaugurates Rome's opera season
Giuseppe Pennisi reports on a controversial new production of Mozart's 'Don Giovanni' which opened La Scala's 2011-12 season in Milan
Sex and power in the aftermath of a Middle Eastern war, when 'Semiramide' opens the opera season in Naples
Two concerts conducted by Antonio Pappano
Rossini at La Scala
Giuseppe Pennisi was at the opening night of the new production in Florence of Janácek's 'The Makropoulos Case'
Giuseppe Pennisi visits the Verdi Festival, which is short of money but not of ideas
Teatro Real, Paris Opéra and La Scala join forces for the centenary of 'Der Rosenkavalier'
Giuseppe Pennisi reports on the Richard Strauss masterpiece co-produced by Rome's Teatro dell'Opera and the Salzburg Festival
Giuseppe Pennisi was at the first performance of Alessandro Solbiati's 'La Leggenda' in Turin, and raises the issue of the replicability of modern grand opera
Giuseppe Pennisi takes a glimpse at the Enescu Festival's Jubilee programme
Giuseppe Pennisi visits the Sagra Musicale Umbra, celebrating old and new continents
Avant-garde and late romanticism at La Sagra Malatestiana
Giuseppe Pennisi reports on 'La Salustia' and 'La Serva Padrona' from the Pergolesi Festival
Contemporary music at Salzburg
Giuseppe Pennisi reports on Janácek and Strauss at the Salzburg Summer Festival
New aspects of Rossini brought to light at the 2011 Rossini Opera Festival in Pesaro, discussed
The 2011 Sferisterio Festival
Giuseppe Pennisi was at the 2011 Puccini Festival
Giuseppe Pennisi has mixed feelings about 'Aida' at the Baths of Caracalla
Giuseppe Pennisi reports from the 2011 Tiroler Festspiele
Giuseppe Pennisi visits the 2011 Aix-en-Provence Festival and reports on four of the six operas
Giuseppe Pennisi was at the Italian premiere in Ravenna of Mercadante's 'I Due Figaro'
A new production of Puccini's 'La bohème' at Rome's Teatro dell'Opera
Giuseppe Pennisi visits the sophisticated music festival in a Tuscan mountain convent and stays for the full three days
Daniel Barenboim and the West-Eastern Divan Orchestra are currently on a world tour. Giuseppe Pennisi listens to their concert in Rome
'La Battaglia di Legnano'
'Sicilian Vespers' as conceived by Verdi
Verdi's 'Ernani' - more revolutionary than patriotic
Works by Eötvös and Bartók
Giuseppe Pennisi was at the Italian première of Bohuslav Martinu's Greek Passion
Set in the aftermath of a nuclear war, the first performance of Luca Francesconi's 'Quartett' is
Thanks to a sparkling 'Barber of Seville', Giuseppe Pennisi rediscovers the beauty of Rossini's orchestration
A very British version of Mozart's 'Die Entführung aus dem Serail' returns to Rome
Two symphony orchestras are playing Mahler in Rome
A Ferrero / Dallapiccola double bill in Modena
Handel's 'Giulio Cesare in Egitto'
A new production of Verdi's 'Nabucco' celebrates the 150th anniversary of Italy's Unification
The first Milan performance of Britten's 'Death in Venice'
Shostakovich's 'The Nose'
British humour under the Neapolitan sun, in 'L'Elisir d'Amore' in Rome and San Francisco
Marco Tutino's 'Senso'
Verdi's 'La Forza del Destino'
'Les Nuits d'Eté' from Rome's Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia
William Bolcom's 'A View from the Bridge'
A fresh start for Gnecchi's 'Cassandra'
'Ariadne auf Naxos' in Paris
Dancing to Bizet's 'L'Arlésienne' and 'Carmen'
'The Merry Widow'
Puccini's 'La Fanciulla del West'
Giuseppe Pennisi was at La Scala Milan for Wagner's 'Die Walküre'
Rossini's 'Moïse et Pharaon'
Ian McEwan and Michael Berkeley's 'For You'
Two contemporary music festivals in Rome, described
Mahler's Fifth Symphony - a self-metamorphosis from grief to ecstatic energy
Mariella Devia and the Twilight of Bel Canto
Celso Albelo hits Venice as Nemorino in Donizetti's 'L'Elisir d'Amore'
The Israel Camerata Orchestra Jerusalem
Hans Werner Henze's 'Pollicino' thrills children and adults in Florence
Rossini's 'William Tell', from Rome to the BBC Proms
Giuseppe Pennisi describes the 2010 Parma Verdi Festival's stormy beginning
'Orphée' at the Roma-Europa Festival
Donizetti's last Tudor Queen returns to Rome, and Carmela Remigio enchants Giuseppe Pennisi
The new Palermo production of Rossini's 'The Barber of Seville', a casual worker in Almodóvar's Seville
Giuseppe Pennisi visits Italy's Sagra Musicale Umbra
Giuseppe Pennisi visits the Sagra Musicale Malatestiana
Romabarocca Ensemble plays Carlo Rainaldi. '... they will go far in the rediscovery of Baroque music.'
Giuseppe Pennisi visits the Salzburg Festival to investigate 'the downfall of the myth and the spirit of the music'
Giuseppe Pennisi visits the 2010 Rossini Opera Festival
'Juditha triumphans' at the Sferisterio Festival
The 'Glory of God' through three Verdi operas at the Sferisterio Festival 2010
Giuseppe Pennisi finds 'Madama Butterfly' at the Puccini Festival a pleasure for the ears and the eyes
'La Fanciulla del West' at the Puccini Festival
Giuseppe Pennisi files his last report from the 2010 Aix-en-Provence Festival
Oscar Strasnoy's 'Un Retour'
Stravinsky's 'Le Rossignol'
'Don Giovanni' in Aix-en-Provence, a black comedy of sex and loneliness
Giuseppe Pennisi visits the Ravenna Festival
Massenet's 'Manon' returns to Rome
Shchedrin's 'Anna Karenina' and other premières at The Stars of the White Nights Festival
Mahler's Third Symphony
'Madama Butterfly' at Rome's Teatro dell'Opera
Barenboim's 'Das Rheingold' at La Scala
Giuseppe Pennisi listens to Antonio Pappano and the Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia
Giuseppe Pennisi attends the beginning of the Tiroler Festspiele 2010
Richard Strauss' 'Die Frau ohne Schatten'
Massenet's 'Werther' on the psychotherapist's couch
Operas by Zemlinsky and Puccini
Franz Schreker's 'Die Gezeichneten'
'Lulu' lands at La Scala
Sixty Leitmotives for 'Tosca'
The bicentennial 'Simon Boccanegra' in Parma
Giuseppe Pennisi has mixed feelings about La Scala's new Wagnerian production
Giuseppe Pennisi listens to Arrigo Boito's 'Mefistofele'
Tan Dun's 'The Banquet'
The current Italian season of Mozart's 'Idomeneo'
Giuseppe Pennisi tours Austria with a young Italian symphony orchestra
Giuseppe Pennisi visits the Vienna State Opera
In the 20th anniversary year of Bernstein's death, Giuseppe Pennisi writes about Italy's homage to Lenny
Bologna's Renaissance music. '... an efficient and effective local ensemble ...'
The first performance of the unabridged 'Elektra' enthralls the audience
Verdi comic operas on stage
Henze and Mahler in Rome
'Tosca' and 'Butterfly' with live electronics
Giuseppe Pennisi experiences Zeffirelli's latest 'La traviata'
Giuseppe Pennisi reports that chamber opera is alive and well
'Carmen' at La Scala
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