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A favourite of the composer’s, Zaza enjoyed early success among verismo lovers who relished a rich, vibrant score capturing the onstage and backstage highs and lows of the French music hall scene Leoncavallo knew so well. As she previously showed in La traviata (Verona) and Suor Angelica (Royal Opera), Jaho is a fresh, engaging artist who absolutely owns the title role: we need to hear more from her. As the two contrasted men in her life, Gaertner and Massi are close to ideal and Benini is hugely impressive in what is clearly a labour of love.

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