Anthony Negus lets rip for an incandescent Melbourne Opera Die Walküre

AustraliaAustralia Wagner, Die Walküre: Soloists, Melbourne Opera Orchestra / Anthony Negus (conductor). Livestreamed on Australian Digital Concert Hall from the Ulumbarra Theatre, Bendigo, 26.3.2023. (JPr)

Lee Abrahmsen (Sieglinde) and James Egglestone (Siegmund) © Robin Halls

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Melbourne Opera takes the Ring road to Bendigo for Das Rheingold

AustraliaAustralia Wagner, Das Rheingold: Soloists, Melbourne Opera Orchestra / Anthony Negus (conductor). Livestreamed on Australian Digital Concert Hall from the Ulumbarra Theatre, Bendigo, 24.2.2023. (JPr)

Opening scene of Melbourne Opera’s Das Rheingold

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Final(?) ROH performances of Serban’s Turandot is splendidly sung, but not by those you might expect

United KingdomUnited Kingdom Puccini, Turandot (completed by Franco Alfano): Soloists, Chorus and Orchestra of the Royal Opera House / Sir Antonio Pappano (conductor). Broadcast live (directed by Peter Jones) from the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, London, 22.3.2023. (JPr)

Yonghoon Lee (Calaf), Masabane Cecilia Rangwanasha and Vitalij Kowaljow (Timur) © Marc Brenner

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Between two realms: Piotr Beczała stars in François Girard’s new Lohengrin at the Met

United KingdomUnited Kingdom Wagner, Lohengrin: Soloists, Chorus and Orchestra of the Metropolitan Opera, New York / Yannick Nézet-Séguin (conductor). Directed for The Met: Live in HD by Gary Halvorson and seen at Cineworld Basildon, Essex, 18.3.2023. (JPr)

Final scene of François Girard’s Lohengrin © Marty Sohl/Met Opera

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Spousal abuse, racism and misogyny explored in Clint Dyer’s Othello production for the National Theatre

United KingdomUnited Kingdom National Theatre Live’s Othello: filmed live (directed by Matthew Amos) on the Lyttleton stage of the Royal National Theatre and shown at Cineworld Basildon, Essex, 23.2.2023. (JPr)

Paul Hilton (Iago) and System © Myah Jeffers

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Andris Nelsons and the Vienna Philharmonic bring total coherence to Mahler’s Seventh Symphony

AustriaAustria Mahler: Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra / Andris Nelsons (conductor). Livestreamed (directed by Christoph Engel) on STAGE+ from the Musikverein, Golden Hall, Vienna, 15.1.2023. (JPr)

Andris Nelsons conducts the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra

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Edward Gardner and the Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra make a first Parsifal a memorable one

NorwayNorway Wagner, Parsifal (staged concert): Soloists, Bergen Philharmonic Choir, Edvard Grieg Kor, Edvard Grieg Jentekor, Edvard Grieg Guttekor, Collegium Musicums Choir (chorus master: Håkon Matti Skrede) and Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra / Edward Gardner (conductor). Livestreamed (directed by Marius Marthinussen Søreide) on Bergenphilive and OperaVision (and available until 21.5.2023) from the Grieg Hall, Bergen, 21.1.2023. (JPr)

Featured: Ricarda Merbeth ( far l, Kundry), Stuart Skelton (front l, Parsifal) and Brindley Sherratt (front r, Gurnemanz)

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