Thought-provoking, involving staging of St Matthew Passion in Berlin

United KingdomUnited Kingdom Bach, St Matthew Passion: Soloists, Children’s and  Youth Choirs of the Deutsche Oper (director: Christian Lindhorst), Youth Choir of the Staatsoper Unter den Linden, Children’s Choir of the Aalto-Theatre, Essen (director: Patrik Jaskolka), Chorus of the Deutsche Oper (director: Jeremy Bines), Orchestra of the Deutsche Oper / Alessandro De Marchi (conductor). Deutsche Oper Berlin, 29.3.2024. (MB)

Bach’s St Matthew Passion at Deutsche Oper Berlin © Marcus Lieberenz

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Leipzig marks the 300th anniversary of the St John Passion

GermanyGermany J.S. Bach: Elisabeth Breuer (soprano), Jakub Jósef Orliński (countertenor), Daniel Johannsen (tenor), Benjamin Appl (bass: Christus), Tomáš Král (bass: arias), Thomanerchor Leipzig, Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra / Andreas Reize (conductor). St Thomas’s Church, Leipzig, 28.3.2024. (MB)

Thomanerchor Leipzig © Tom Thiele

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Thielemann and Die Frau ohne Schatten make a strong impression in Dresden

GermanyGermany R. Strauss, Die Frau ohne Schatten: Soloists, Children’s Chorus (director: Claudia Sebastian-Bertsch) and Chorus of the Semperoper Dresden, Sächsische Staatskapelle Dresden / Christian Thielemann (conductor). Semperoper, Dresden, 27.3.2024. (MB)

Richard Strauss’s Die Frau ohne Schatten © Semperoper Dresden/Ludwig Olah

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Fine Deutsche Oper Berlin cast and imaginative production brings The Queen of Spades vividly to life

GermanyGermany Tchaikovsky, Pique Dame (The Queen of Spades): Soloists, Children’s Chorus (director: Christian Lindhorst), Chorus (director: Jeremy Bines), Statisterie, and Opernballet of the Deutsche Oper Berlin / Sebastian Weigle (conductor). Deutsche Oper Berlin, 20.3.2024. (MB)

Deutsche Oper Berlin’s Pique Dame © Marcus Lieberenz

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Pause for thought as well as enjoyment in Berlin from RSB’s Mendelssohn and Stravinsky

GermanyGermany Mendelssohn and Stravinsky: Denis Uzun (mezzo-soprano), Berlin Radio Chorus (chorus director: Philipp Ahmann), Berlin Radio Symphony Orchestra / Martyn Brabbins (conductor). Konzerthaus Berlin, 16.3.2024. (MB)

Berlin Radio Symphony Orchestra previously in Konzerthaus Berlin © Stefan Maria Rother

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