Getting virtually around the Ring with San Francisco Opera

San Francisco Opera’s Ring Festival passes the halfway mark More than halfway through San Francisco Opera’s virtual Ring Festival, it is clear that a good deal of thought and creativity have gone into it, even beyond director Francesca Zambello’s decidedly American take on Richard Wagner’s four-opera marathon. Before the wrap-up on the weekend of 27-28 March, … Read more

Intimate and rewarding Schubert recital by Mitsuko Uchida at Wigmore Hall for Cal Performances

United KingdomUnited Kingdom Schubert: Mitsuko Uchida (piano), recorded 5.1.2021 at Wigmore Hall, London, exclusively for Cal Performances at Home. First streamed on 18.3.2021, and available on demand through 16.6.2021. (HS)

Mitsuko Uchida at Wigmore Hall for Cal Performances

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Social distancing is no bar to an excellent La bohème from Irish National Opera

IrelandIreland Puccini, La bohème: Soloists, Chorus and Orchestra of Irish National Opera / Sergio Alapont (conductor). Livestreamed from the Bord Gáis Energy Theatre, Dublin, 13.3.2021. (RB)

Merūnas Vitulskis (Rodolfo) and Celine Byrne (Mimì) (c) Ros Kavanagh

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A showcase of Turlough O’Carolan from Apollo’s Fire in Cleveland

United StatesUnited States Various composers, Apollo’s Fire’s Elegance – The Harper’s Voice: Anna O’Connell (harp, soprano), Amanda Powell (soprano), Apollo’s Fire / Jeannette Sorrell (conductor/harpsichord). First Baptist Church, Shaker Heights, Ohio, on 27.2.2021 and reviewed as a concert stream. (MSJ)

Kathie Stewart (flute) and Anna O’Connell (c) Apollo’s Fire

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Brooklyn Art Song Society concludes its Schubert series with Schwanengesang

United StatesUnited States Brooklyn Art Song Society, Schubert V – Schwanengesang: Kristina Bachrach (soprano), Dominic Armstrong (tenor), Michael Kelly (baritone), Narek Arutyunian (clarinet), Michael Brofman & Joel Harder (piano). Brooklyn Art Song Society, Soapbox Gallery, Brooklyn. Livestream available from 13.3.2021. (RP)

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Christof Loy’s new Francesca da Rimini at Deutsche Oper Berlin: is it worth the effort?

GermanyGermany Riccardo Zandonai, Francesca da Rimini: Soloists, Extras, Chorus and Orchestra of Deutsche Oper Berlin / Carlo Rizzi (conductor). Livestream directed by Gotz Filenius from Deutsche Oper Berlin, 14.3.2021. (JPr)

Deutsche Oper Berlin’s Francesca da Rimini Act I

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