Rolando Villazón is in fine voice as he celebrates his 50th with friends at Salzburg’s Haus für Mozart

AustriaAustria ¡Cincuentañero! Rolando Villazón turns 50: Rolando Villazón, Charles Castronovo (tenors), Plácido Domingo (tenor/baritone), Magdalena Kožená (mezzo-soprano), Regula Mühlemann, Fatma Said (sopranos) and Michael Volle (baritone), Barbara Rett (host), Camarata Salzburg / Giedrė Šlekytė (conductor). Recorded live (directed by Beatrix Conrad) in the Haus für Mozart, Salzburg, 21.2.2022. (JPr)

Giedrė Šlekytė conducts Camarata Salzburg, Rolando Villazón and Magdalena Kožená

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Philip Pullman’s The Book of Dust at London’s Bridge Theatre is a whirlwind coming-of-age story

United KingdomUnited Kingdom Bridge Theatre’s The Book of Dust – La Belle Sauvage: Broadcast by NT Live to Cineworld Basildon, Essex, from Bridge Theatre, London, 17.2.2022. (JPr)

Ella Dacres (Alice), Pip Carter (Gerard Bonneville) & Julie Atherton (Hyena) (c) Manuel Harlan

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MacMillan’s naturalistic – and ageless – Romeo and Juliet sees The Royal Ballet performing consummately well

United KingdomUnited Kingdom The Royal Ballet’s Romeo and Juliet: Dancers of The Royal Ballet, Orchestra of the Royal Opera House / Jonathan Lo (conductor). Performance of 3.2.2022 broadcast to Cineworld Basildon, Essex, 14.2.2022. (JPr)

Marcelino Sambé (Romeo) and Anna Rose O’Sullivan (Juliet)

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Così fan tutte is another wonderful ensemble achievement for Saffron Opera Group

United KingdomUnited Kingdom Mozart, Così fan tutte (concert performance): Chorus (chorus master: James Davey) and Orchestra of Saffron Opera Group / Michael Thorne (conductor). Saffron Hall, Saffron Walden, Essex, 13.2.2022. (JPr)

Jessica Cale (Fiordiligi), Liam Bonthrone (Ferrando),  Rebecca Afonwy-Jones (Dorabella) and Marcus Farnsworth (Guglielmo) (c) Roger King

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Anthony Negus and his remarkable cast excel in Suzanne Chaundy’s gimmick-free Melbourne Opera Die Walküre

AustraliaAustralia Wagner, Die Walküre: Soloists, Melbourne Opera Orchestra / Anthony Negus (conductor). Her Majesty’s Theatre, Melbourne, 9.2.2022. (JPr)

Bradley Daley (Siegmund), Zara Barrett (Brünnhilde) and Lee Abrahmsen (Sieglinde) © Robin Halls

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Asmik Grigorian stars in a revival of Robert Carsen’s shop till you drop Vienna Manon Lescaut

AustriaAustria Puccini, Manon Lescaut: Soloists, Chorus and Orchestra of Vienna State Opera / Francesco Ivan Ciampa (conductor). Livestreamed (directed by Domnik Kepczynski) from Vienna State Opera on 7.2.2022. (JPr)

Boris Pinkhasovich (Lescaut) and Asmik Grigorian (Manon) (c) Wiener Staatsoper/Michael Poehn

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