Fine singing and excellent musicianship from Roberto Alagna, Aleksandra Kurzak, and the Vienna Morphing Quintet

FranceFrance Met Stars Live in Concert [3]: Roberto Alagna (tenor) and Aleksandra Kurzak (soprano), Vienna Morphing Quintet (Yuuki Wong, Lucas Medlam [violins], Tomasz Wabnic [viola/director], Moritz Ebert [cello], Felipe Medina [double bass]), Alexander Wladigeroff (trumpet). Broadcast live in HD (directed by Gary Halvorson) from Le Chateau de la Chevre d’Or, Èze, France, 16.8.2020. (JPr)

Aleksandra Kurzak & Roberto Alagna

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Schenk and Schneider-Siemssen’s Met Parsifal allowed a timeless tale to wend in its way towards redemptive transcendence

United StatesUnited States Wagner, Parsifal: Soloists, Chorus and Orchestra of The Metropolitan Opera, New York / James Levine (conductor). Performance of 28.3.1992 reviewed as a Nightly Met Opera Stream in 8.8.2020. (JPr)

Kurt Moll (Gurnemanz), Waltraud Meier (Kundry) & Siegfried Jerusalem (Parsifal)

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Mahler’s Sixth Symphony from Andris Nelsons and the VPO proves a musical metaphor for 2020

AustriaAustria 100th Salzburg Festival – Mahler: Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra / Andris Nelsons (conductor). Reviewed as an Arte Concert live stream from the Grosses Festspielhaus, Salzburg, 8.8.2020. (JPr)

Andris Nelsons conducts the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra © Marco Borrelli

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The Australian Ballet embraces the spirit of The Merry Widow with gusto and makes it fun to watch.

AustraliaAustralia The Australian Ballet’s The Merry Widow (based on the operetta by Victor Léon and Leo Stein with music by Franz Lehár): Dancers of The Australian Ballet, Opera Australia Orchestra / Paul Murphy (conductor). 9.5.1018 performance (directed for the screen by Simon Francis) from The Joan Sutherland Theatre, Sydney Opera House, and new to Sky Arts on 2.8.2020. (JPr)

Amber Scott (Hanna) and Adam Bull (Danilo) (c) Daniel Boud

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Krzysztof Warlikowski’s new Elektra production ushers in 2020’s resurrected 100th Salzburg Festival

AustriaAustria 100th Salzburg Festival – Richard Strauss, Elektra: Soloists, Concert Association of the Vienna State Opera Chorus (chorus master: Ernst Raffelsberger), Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra / Franz Welser-Möst (conductor). Review of 1.8.2020 performance (directed for the screen by Miriam Hoyer) in Salzburg’s Felsenreitschule and streamed on ARTE Concert. (JPr)

Aušrinė Stundytė (Elektra) and Derek Welton (Orest) © Bernd Uhlig

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Viva La Diva! Anna Netrebko sang Tosca in Naples and brought some light to our current darkness

ItalyItaly Puccini, Tosca (concert version): Soloists, Chorus (chorus master: Gea Garatti Ansini), Children Chorus (chorus master: Stefania Rinaldi), and Orchestra of Teatro di San Carlo / Juraj Valčuha (conductor). July 2020 performance in the Piazza del Plebiscito, live streamed and reviewed on 30.7.2020. (JPr)

Ludovic Tézier (Scarpia) & Anna Netrebko (Tosca) © Mario Wurzburger

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Lise Davidsen’s compellingly expressive singing doesn’t entirely rescue Tobias Kratzer’s Fidelio

United KingdomUnited Kingdom Beethoven, Fidelio: Soloists, Chorus and Orchestra of the Royal Opera House / Sir Antonio Pappano (conductor). Performance of 9.3.2020 (directed for the screen by Rhodri Huw), televised on BBC Four, and reviewed on 26.7.2020. (JPr)

Amanda Forsythe (Marzelline), Georg Zeppenfeld (Rocco) & Lise Davidsen (Leonore)
(c) Bill Cooper

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