American Lyric Theater Presents a Little Gem of an Opera


ALT Alumni: Composers & Librettists in Concert: Various artists, Brian Fletcher (percussion), James Lowe (music director and piano), Merkin Concert Hall, New York, 14.1.2018. (RP)

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Kirill Petrenko Leads Das Rheingold and Proves that he has Reached Olympus as a Conductor


Wagner, Das Rheingold: Bayerische Staatsoper Orchestra / Kirill Petrenko (conductor), Nationaltheater, Munich, 13.1.2018. (JMI)

Das Rheingold © W. Hösl

Bayerische Staatsoper’s Das Rheingold © W. Hösl

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Gripping Revival of Kosky’s Gritty La fanciulla del West


Puccini, La fanciulla del West: Soloists, Chorus of the Zurich Opera, Philharmonia Zurich / Marco Armiliato (conductor), Zurich Opera, Zurich, 12.1.2018. (JR)

Catherine Naglestad (Minnie), Scott Hendricks (Jack Rance); © Monika Rittershaus

Catherine Naglestad (Minnie) & Scott Hendricks (Jack Rance) © Monika Rittershaus

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This Abduction from the Seraglio Features Some Fine Singing but No ‘Spiel’


Mozart, Die Entführung aus dem Serail: Bayerische Staatsoper Orchestra and Chorus / Ivor Bolton (conductor), Nationaltheater, Munich, 12.1.2018. (JMI)


Bayerische Staatsoper’s Die Entführung aus dem Serail © W. Hösl

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A Bel Canto Feast: Poliuto at the Liceu


Donizetti, Poliuto (concert version): Liceu Orchestra and Chorus / Daniele Callegari (conductor), Gran Teatre del Liceu, Barcelona, 10.1.2018. (JMI)


Gregory Kunde and Sondra Radvanovsky © A. Bofill

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A Revival of the Liceu’s Well-Known L’elisir Has Its Ups and Downs


Donizetti, L’elisir d’amore: Liceu Chorus and Orchestra / Ramón Tebar (conductor), Gran Teatre del Liceu, Barcelona, 9.1.2018. (JMI)


L’elisir d’amore © A. Bofill

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Solo and Ensemble Excellence in Deutsche Oper’s La bohème


Puccini, La bohème: Soloists, Children’s Chorus (chorus master: Christian Lindhorst) and Chorus of the Deutsche Oper (chorus master: Thomas Richter), Berlin, Orchestra of the Deutsche Oper, Berlin / Nicholas Carter (conductor). Deutsche Oper, Berlin, 29.12.2017. (MB)


Deutsche Oper’s La bohème (c) Bettina Stöß (2015 revival)

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Teatro Real’s New La bohème – Sometimes Appealing, but Short on Emotion


Puccini, La bohème: Orchestra and Chorus of the Teatro Real / Paolo Carignani (conductor), Teatro Real, Madrid, 19 & 20.12.2017. (JMI)


Teatro Real’s La bohème © J. del Real

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