Aix-en-Provence saw the premiere of Kaija Saariaho’s engrossing, thought-provoking commentary on gun violence and much else

FranceFrance Aix-en-Provence Festival 2021 [2] – Kaija Saariaho’s Innocence: Soloists, Estonian Philharmonic Chamber Choir, London Symphony Orchestra / Susanna Mälkki (conductor). 10.7.2021 Performance filmed (directed by Philippe Béziat) at the Grand Théâtre de Provence, Aix-en-Provence, and available on ARTE Concert until 1.7.2024. (JPr)

[r] Vilma Jää (Marketa) & Magdalena Kožená (Tereza) (c) Jean-Louis Fernandez

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At Bayreuth, it is Tcherniakov’s Der fliegende Holländer we see while Oksana Lyniv lets us hear Wagner’s

GermanyGermany Bayreuth Festival 2021 – Wagner, Der fliegende Holländer: Soloists, Chorus and Orchestra of the Bayreuth Festival / Oksana Lyniv (conductor). 25.7.2021 performance and streamed (directed by Andy Sommer) for a limited time on DG Stage. (JPr)

Marina Prudenskaya (Mary), Eric Cutler (Erik) and Asmik Grigorian (Senta) (c) Enrico Nawrath/Bayreuther Festspiele

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LIVE from London’s Messiaen masterclass in creating a technicolour canvas from a mere four instruments.

United KingdomUnited Kingdom Vaughan Williams (arr. Drayton), Messiaen, LIVE from London Summer 2021 [3] – Angel of the Apocalypse: Julian Bliss (clarinet), Jack Liebeck (violin), Sheku Kanneh-Mason (cello), Katya Apekisheva (piano), VOCES8. Streamed from the VOCES8 Centre, London, 17.7.2021. (CC)

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Wallow in the beauty of the human voice, though Munich’s new Idomeneo dwarfs the singers

GermanyGermany Mozart, Idomeneo: Soloists, Chorus of the Bayerischen Staatsoper, Bayerisches Staatsorchester / Constantinos Carydis (conductor). Filmed (directed by Christoph Engel) on 24.7.2021 at the Prinzregententheater, Munich, and streamed from 26.7.2021 (and available until 26.8.2021). (JPr)

Hanna-Elisabeth Müller as Elettra in Munich’s Idomeneo

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We’re Still Here! – A knock-out concert from Carnegie Hall’s Youth Ensembles

United StatesUnited States Live with Carnegie Hall – National Youth Ensembles: National Youth Orchestra of the United States of America / Carlos Miguel Prieto (conductor); NYO2 / Mei-Ann Chen (conductor); NYO Jazz / Sean Jones (bandleader and trumpet). Purchase College, Purchase, NY. Streamed on 24.7.2021 on Carnegie Hall’s YouTube channel. (RP)

Carlos Miguel Prieto conducting NYO USA © Chris Lee

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JPYA Summer Performance 2021: entertaining – though eclectic – mix of operatic excerpts

United KingdomUnited Kingdom Jette Parker Young Artists Summer Performance 2021: Jette Parker Young Artists, Orchestra of the Royal Opera House / Sir Mark Elder, Richard Hetherington and Michael Papadopoulos (conductors). Recorded (directed by Jonathan Haswell) at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, on 17.7.2021 and streamed from 23.7.2021. (JPr)

Jette Parker Young Artists in Falstaff Act II, Scene 2 Roméo

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Marc Neikrug explores love and loss in A Song for Mahler at Chamber Music Northwest’s Summer Festival

United StatesUnited States Neikrug, A Song for Mahler: Jennifer Johnson Cano (mezzo-soprano), Kelly Markgraf (baritone), David Shifrin (clarinet), FLUX Quartet. Chamber Music Northwest, Reed College, Portland, Oregon, 6.7.2021. (Available for streaming through 31.8.2021 on 2021 AT-HOME Festival). (RP)

David Shifrin (clarinet) with the FLUX Quartet © Tom Emerson

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