The Secret is out: Scottish Ballet are having a festive ball on film

United KingdomUnited Kingdom Scottish Ballet’s The Secret Theatre: Dancers of Scottish Ballet, Scottish Ballet Orchestra / Gavin Sutherland and Jean-Claude Picard (conductors). Currently streaming (directed for the screen by Jessica Wright and Morgann Runacre-Temple) on Marquee TV. (JPr)

Jerome Anthony Barnes (Nutcracker Prince) and Sophie Martin (Sugar Plum Fairy)

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Wayne McGregor’s The Dante Project proves to be Edward Watson’s thought-provoking, poignant farewell

United KingdomUnited Kingdom The Royal Ballet’s The Dante Project: Dancers of The Royal Ballet, London Symphony Chorus (choral director: Simon Halsey), Orchestra of The Royal Opera House / Koen Kessels (conductor). Recorded (directed by Ross MacGibbon) when performed at the Opera House, Covent Garden, London, on 26.10.2021 and streamed from 20.12.2021. (JPr)

The Dante Project – Inferno: Pilgrim (c) Andrej Uspensk

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VOCES8’s Messiah LIVE from London offered a beacon of hope in frustratingly uncertain times

United KingdomUnited Kingdom LIVE from London Christmas 2021 – Handel’s Messiah, HWV 56: Mary Bevan (soprano), Bethany Horak-Hallett (mezzo-soprano); Nicholas Mulroy (tenor), Dingle Yandell (bass), The VOCES8 Foundation Choir, VOCES8, VOCES8 Baroque Orchestra / Barnaby Smith (conductor). Recorded at St Jude-on-the-Hill, London, streamed on 18.12.2021. (CC)

Barnaby Smith conducts VOCES8’s combined forces in the ‘Hallelujah’ chorus

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Maria Kotchetkova sparkles in ENB’s Nutcracker as it’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas again

United KingdomUnited Kingdom English National Ballet’s Nutcracker: Dancers of English National Ballet, Students from Tring Park School, English National Ballet Philharmonic / Timothy Henty (conductor). London Coliseum, London, 21.12.2021. (JPr)

English National Ballet’s Nutcracker © Laurent Liotardo

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Yasmine Naghdi and Cesar Corrales lead The Royal Ballet on their very best form in The Nutcracker

United KingdomUnited Kingdom Tchaikovsky, The Nutcracker: Dancers of The Royal Ballet, Orchestra of the Royal Opera House / Koen Kessels (conductor). Encore screening (directed by Peter Jones) at Everyman Cinema, Chelmsford, of the 9.12.2021 performance at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, 13.12.2021. (JPr)

Isabella Gasparini (Clara) and Luca Acri (Hans-Peter) © Foteini Christofilopoulou

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Barrie Kosky’s new Vienna Don Giovanni is caught between a rock and a hard place

AustriaAustria Mozart, Don Giovanni: Soloists, Chorus and Orchestra of Vienna State Opera / Philippe Jordan (conductor). Livestreamed (directed by Ella Gallieni) from Vienna State Opera, 5.12.2021. (JPr)

Philippe Sly (l, Leporello) and Kyle Ketelson (r, Don Giovanni) (c) Michael Poehn

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Streaming now The Royal Ballet’s Giselle must not be missed for its exceptional performances

United KingdomUnited Kingdom The Royal Ballet’s Giselle: Dancers of The Royal Ballet, Orchestra of the Royal Opera House / Boris Gruzin (conductor). Performance of 20.11.2021 and streamed (directed by Peter Jones) from 3.12.2021. (JPr)

End of Act I of The Royal Ballet’s Giselle

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