Hartmut Haenchen’s 2017 Bayreuth Parsifal Gains in Tension, Spirituality and Reverence

18/08/2017

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Bayreuth Festival 2017 [1] -Wagner, Parsifal: Soloists, Chorus and Orchestra of the Bayreuth Festival / Hartmut Haenchen (conductor). Festspielhaus, Bayreuth, 14.8.2017. (JPr)

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Parsifal (Andreas Schager) and Flowermaidens
© Bayreuther Festspiele/Enrico Nawrath

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‘Sheer Beauty’: Il Ritorno d’Ulisse is Another Triumph for Gardiner’s Monteverdi Trilogy

18/08/2017

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Edinburgh International Festival 2017 (8) – Monteverdi, Il Ritorno d’Ulisse in Patria: English Baroque Soloists, Monteverdi Choir, John Eliot Gardiner (conductor), Usher Hall, 15.8.2017. (SRT)

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Hana Blažíková (Minerva) © Michele Crosera

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Gardiner’s ’Fresh, Dynamic’ L’Orfeo makes for a Compellingly Theatrical Experience

18/08/2017

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Edinburgh International Festival 2017 [7] – Monteverdi, L’Orfeo: English Baroque Soloists, Monteverdi Choir / John Eliot Gardiner (conductor), Usher Hall, 14.8.2017. (SRT)

--Fondazione Teatro La Fenice CLAUDIO MONTEVERDI, L’ORFEO Direttore Sir John Eliot Gardiner Regia Elsa Rooke/Sir John Eliot Gardiner Photo ©Michele Crosera

Monteverdi’s L’Orfeo © Michele Crosera

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Aida at Salzburg: A Superior Performance of a Flawed Work

15/08/2017

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2017 Salzburg Festival [2] – Verdi, Aida: Soloists, Concert Association of the Vienna State Opera Chorus (chorus master: Ernst Raffelsberger), Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra / Riccardo Muti (conductor). Grosses Festspielhaus, Salzburg, 12.8.2017. (MB)

Photo credit: Salzburger Festspiele/Monika Rittershaus

Verdi’s Aida (c) Salzburger Festspiele/Monika Rittershaus

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An Uneven Le nozze di Figaro at the Quincena Musical

15/08/2017

Mozart, Le nozze di Figaro: Easo Choir, Orquesta de Euskadi / Yi-Chen Lin (conductor), Kursaal, San Sebastian, 13.8.2017. (JMI)

Le nozze di Figaro © I. Ibáñez

Le nozze di Figaro © I. Ibáñez

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Streamlined Don Giovanni in Riveting Performance at Dala-Floda

14/08/2017

Mozart, Don Giovanni: Soloists, Jacob Piamorex Moscowicz (piano), Anna Eklund Tarantino (director), The Barn, Strandbacken Public Park, Dala-Floda 9.8.2017. (GF)

Caspar Engdahl as Don Giovanni

Caspar Engdahl as Don Giovanni

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Upgraded Uggle-Carin (Carmen) Better Than Ever

09/08/2017

Bizet, Uggle-Carin (Carmen): Soloists, Dala-Floda Opera Chorus, Children’s Chorus, Dancers, Orchestra / Alexander Nordwall (conductor), Strandbacken Folkets Park, Dala-Floda, Dalecarlia. 6.8.2017. (GF)

Mathias Zachariassen and Paulina Pfeiffer as Jona and Uggle-Carin

Mathias Zachariassen (Jona) & Paulina Pfeiffer (Uggle-Carin) (c) Göran Forsling

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Margherita d’Anjou at Festival della Valle d’Itria – a staging of historical interest

07/08/2017

Festival della Valle d’Itria [3] – Meyerbeer, Margherita d’Anjou: Soloists of the Festival della Valle d’Itria, Coro del Teatro Municipale di Piacenza, Orchestra Internazionale d’Italia / Fabio Luisi (conductor), Palazzo Ducale, Festival della Valle d’Itria, Martina Franca, Puglia, 2.8.2017. (VV)

Margherita d'Anjou © Paolo Conserva

Margherita d’Anjou © Paolo Conserva

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