Cinecittà inspires a colourful and enjoyable new Mariinsky staging of Benvenuto Cellini in St Petersburg

Russian FederationRussian Federation Berlioz, Benvenuto Cellini: Soloists, Dancers, Chorus and Orchestra of the Mariinsky Theatre / Valery Gergiev (conductor), Mariinsky II, 10.11.2021. (GT)

Mariinsky Theatre’s Benvenuto Cellini (c) Mikhail Vilchuk

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Ekaterina Semenchuk is the shining star in David McVicar’s revised St Petersburg Macbeth

Russian FederationRussian Federation Verdi, Macbeth: Soloists, Chorus and Orchestra of the Mariinsky Theatre / Valery Gergiev (conductor), Mariinsky Theatre, St Petersburg, 29.10.2021. (GT)

Ekaterina Semenchuk (Lady Macbeth) in Mariinsky Theatre’s Macbeth

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Vienna State Ballet’s Im Siebten Himmel shows how rich choreographic language can be

AustriaAustria Im Siebten Himmel (In Seventh Heaven): Dancers of the Vienna State Ballet, Orchestra of the Vienna State Opera / Patrick Lange (conductor). Livestreamed (directed by Balázs Delbó) from the Vienna State Opera, 14.11.2021. (JPr)

Martin Schläpfer’s On the Beautiful Blue Danube

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BRB’s dancers are energised by Curated by Carlos but more substantial achievements lie ahead

United KingdomUnited Kingdom Birmingham Royal Ballet’s Curated by Carlos: Dancers of Birmingham Royal Ballet, Royal Ballet Sinfonia / Philip Ellis and Paul Murphy (conductors). Streamed (directed by Ross MacGibbon) on Sadler’s Wells Digital Stage from 11.11 to 18.11.2021. (JPr)

Curated by Carlos – Imminent

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Okpebholo’s Unknown is a powerful tribute to those who made the ultimate sacrifice

United StatesUnited States Shawn Okpebholo, Unknown: Taylor Raven (mezzo-soprano), Michael Mayes (baritone), Schyler Vargas (baritone), Members of Inscape Chamber Orchestra / Robert Wood (conductor). Urban Arias, Arlington, VA. (Viewed on 11.11.2021 and available to stream free though 11.12.2021 at (RP)

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Opera Holland Park’s new film of William Walton’s The Bear is thoroughly entertaining

United KingdomUnited Kingdom Walton, The Bear: Soloists, Members of City of London Sinfonia (Fran Hills [piano], Ruth Funnell [violin], Christopher Rawley [bassoon], Stephanie Beck [harp] and Glyn Matthews [percussion]) / John Andrews (conductor). Filmed at Stone House during April 2020 and streaming from 9 to 13.11.2021 (click here). (JPr)

Richard Burkhard (Smirnov) and Clare Presland (Popova)

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Get sucked into Gerald Barry’s musical vortex by this new film of Alice’s Adventures Under Ground

IrelandIreland Gerald Barry’s Alice’s Adventures Under Ground: Irish Chamber Orchestra / André de Ridder (conductor). Filmed (directed by Hugh O’Conor) at the National Opera House, Wexford and streaming (click here) from 5.11 to 5.12.2021. (JPr)

Claudia Boyle (Alice)

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Domingo Hindoyan’s first season as RLPO’s Chief Conductor begins with wonderful Sierra and Beethoven

United KingdomUnited Kingdom Roberto Sierra, Beethoven: Anita Hartig (soprano), Jennifer Johnston (mezzo), Andrew Staples (tenor), Tariq Nazmi (bass), Members of the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Choir, Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra / Domingo Hindoyan (conductor). Philharmonic Hall, Liverpool, 26.10.2021, reviewed as a RLPO stream (available on demand here). (CC)

Domingo Hindoyan with members of the RLP choir & orchestra (c) Mark McNulty

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