Hui He had a great success recently on her return to New York’s Metropolitan Opera as Madama Butterfly (review click here) and answers Seen and Heard International’s questions about her life and her career. Read on for more about her ‘journey in the world of opera’ from China’s Shaanxi province to Verona and the world’s greatest concert halls and opera houses.

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William Kentridge’s Met Wozzeck pits Berg’s timeless characters against a backdrop of the First World War

United StatesUnited States Berg, Wozzeck: Soloists, Chorus and Orchestra of the Metropolitan Opera / Yannick Nézet-Séguin (conductor). Broadcast live from the Metropolitan Opera, New York, to Cineworld Basildon, Essex, 11.1.2020. (JPr)

Peter Mattei (Wozzeck) and Elza van den Heever (Marie)
(c) Ken Howard/Met Opera

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Comedy and technical perfection from the excellent Núñez and Muntagirov in The Royal Ballet’s charming Coppélia

United KingdomUnited Kingdom The Royal Ballet’s Coppélia: Dancers of The Royal Ballet, Orchestra of the Royal Opera House / Barry Wordsworth (conductor). Directed for the screen by Ross MacGibbon and broadcast live from the Royal Opera House to Cineworld Basildon, Essex, 10.12.2019. (JPr)

Marianela Núñez (Swanilda) and Vadim Muntagirov (Franz) in Coppélia © Bill Cooper

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Edward Gardner and the Bergen Philharmonic’s rich, brooding, and tempestuous Peter Grimes

United KingdomUnited Kingdom Britten, Peter Grimes: Soloists, Bergen Philharmonic Choir, Edvard Grieg Kor, Royal Northern College of Music Chorus, Choir of Collegiûm Mûsicûm / Håkon Matti Skrede (chorus master), Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra / Edward Gardner (conductor). Royal Festival Hall, London, 30.11.2019. (JPr)

Erin Wall (Ellen), Stuart Skelton (Peter Grimes) and Samuel Winter (John)
(c) Mark Allan/Southbank Centre

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Andrew Scott’s Garry liberates Coward’s Present Laughter in a gender-swapping production

United KingdomUnited Kingdom National Theatre Live – Noël Coward’s Present Laughter: Directed for the screen by Marcus Viner and captured live at London’s The Old Vic and broadcast to Cineworld Basildon, Essex, 28.11.2019. (JPr)

Andrew Scott and Indira Varma in Present Laughter (c) Manuel Harlan

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