The Royal Ballet are back where they belong and dancing some Balanchine and Robbins they love

United KingdomUnited Kingdom The Royal Ballet’s Balanchine and Robbins: Dancers of The Royal Ballet, Robert Clark (piano), Orchestra of the Royal Opera House / Koen Kessels (conductor). Livestreamed (directed by Peter Jones) from the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, 11.6.2021. (JPr)

Marianela Nuñez and Vadim Muntagirov in Tchaikovsky Pas de Deux

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Charismatic Benson Wilson and virtuosic James Baillieu ReSound in their exceptional synchronicity

United KingdomUnited Kingdom St Martin in the Fields’s ReSound – Benson Wilson (baritone) and James Baillieu (piano): Performed 5.6.2021 at St Martin-in-the-Fields, London, and streamed from 7.6.2021. (JPr)

James Baillieu (piano) and Benson Wilson (baritone)

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A socially distanced semi-staged Die Walküre with many musical highlights returns summer opera to Longborough

United KingdomUnited Kingdom Wagner, Die Walküre: Soloists and Longborough Festival Orchestra / Anthony Negus (conductor). Longborough, Gloucestershire, 8.6.2021. (JPr)

Sarah Marie Kramer (Sieglinde) & Peter Wedd (Siegmund) (c) Jorge Lizalde

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‘Rage, blow!’: Reimann’s Lear returns to Munich with Gerhaher in the title role

GermanyGermany Aribet Riemann, Lear: Soloists, Chorus and Orchestra of Bavarian State Opera / Jukka-Pekka Saraste (conductor). 30.5.2021 performance at the National Theater, Munich, streamed (directed by Myriam Hoyer) on 1.6.2021. (JPr)

Reimann’s Lear Act II (c) W. Hösl

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The Royal Ballet rises magnificently to the challenge of 21st-Century Choreographers

United KingdomUnited Kingdom 21st-Century Choreographers: Dancers of The Royal Ballet, Orchestra of the Royal Opera House / Koen Kessels (conductor). Livestreamed (directed by Ross MacGibbon) from the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, London, 28.5.2021. (JPr)

Optional Family with Marcelino Sambé, Stanisław Węgrzyn & Natalia Osipova
© Bill Cooper

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Genteel Strauss and epic, beautiful and overwhelmingly emotional Wagner from Rattle and his LSO

United KingdomUnited Kingdom Richard Strauss, Wagner: London Symphony Orchestra / Sir Simon Rattle (conductor). Filmed (directed by Andy Quick) at LSO St Luke’s, London, on 6.5.2021 and streamed on Marquee TV from 27.5.2021. (JPr)

Sir Simon Rattle

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With ‘Three Divas’ (Pérez, Sierra and Leonard) the Met Stars Live in Concert series arguably leaves the best till last

FranceFrance Met Stars Live in Concert – Three Divas: Ailyn Pérez, Nadine Sierra (sopranos) and Isabel Leonard (mezzo-soprano), Pablo Sáinz-Villegas (guitar), Vlad Iftinca (piano). Livestreamed (directed by Gary Halvorson) from Royal Opera of Versailles, Palace of Versailles, France, 22.5.2021. (JPr)

Ailyn Pérez, Isabel Leonard and Nadine Sierra 

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Excellently sung new Capriccio in Strauss’s spiritual Dresden home is conducted by the unsurpassable Thielemann

GermanyGermany Richard Strauss, Capriccio: Soloists, Men’s Chorus of the Dresden State Opera, Staatskapelle Dresden / Christian Thielemann (conductor). Recorded (directed by Tiziano Mancini) at the Semperoper Dresden on 8.5.2021 and streamed from 22.5.2021. (JPr)

Semperoper Dresden’s Capriccio (c) Ludwig Olah

 

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