Michael Spyres’s Florestan is the breakout performance in Cyril Teste’s new Fidelio for Paris’s Opéra Comique

FranceFrance Beethoven, Fidelio: Soloists, Chorus and Orchestra of Ensemble Pygmalion / Raphaël Pichon (conductor). Performed by Opéra Comique on 1.10.2020 at the Salle Favart, Paris, and livestreamed (directed by François Roussillon) on ARTE Concert (available until 30.9.2022). (JPr)

Linard Vrielink (Jaquino), Mari Eriksmoen (Marzelline) and Siobhan Stagg (Leonore/Fidelio) (c) Stefan Brion

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Paris Opera’s ‘Dudamel era’ begins and time will tell how his relationship with the ‘City of Love’ will develop

FranceFrance Gustavo Dudamel’s Concert Inaugural: Soloists, Chorus (chorusmaster: Ching-Lien Wu) and Maîtrise des Hauts de Seine (Children’s Choir of the Opéra national de Paris, director: Gaël Darchen), Orchestra of the Opéra national de Paris / Gustavo Dudamel (conductor). Filmed (directed by François-René Martin) at the Palais Garnier, Paris, 22.9.2021. (JPr)

Gustavo Dudamel conducts Clémentine Margaine (mezzo-soprano) and the Chorus and Orchestra of the Opéra national de Paris

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Valery Gergiev opens the second night of the Mariinsky Theatre season with an impressive Tannhäuser

Russian FederationRussian Federation Wagner, Tannhäuser: Soloists, Chorus and Orchestra of the Mariinsky Theatre / Valery Gergiev (conductor). Mariinsky Theatre, St Petersburg, 9.9.2021. (GT)

Mikhail Vekua (Tannhäuser) in the opening scene (c) Natasha Razina

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Magnificent Ekaterina Semenchuk opens new Mariinsky Opera season in an astounding The Maid of Orleans

Russian FederationRussian Federation Tchaikovsky, The Maid of Orleans: Soloists, Chorus and Orchestra of the Mariinsky Theatre / Valery Gergiev (conductor). Mariinsky Theatre, St Petersburg, 8.9.2021. (GT)

Ekaterina Semenchuk (Joan) and Sergey Skorokhodov (King Charles VII)
(c) Mikhail Vilchuk

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OAE’s Wagner and Brahms proves a triumphant conclusion to Glyndebourne’s 2021 concert series

United KingdomUnited Kingdom Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment’s School of the Romantic Heart: Karen Cargill (mezzo-soprano), Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment / Robin Ticciati (conductor). Filmed 26.8.2021 in the Glyndebourne Opera House (by Maestro Broadcasting and directed by Dominic Best) and available on Marquee TV from 10.9.2021. (JPr)

Karen Cargill sings the Wesendonck-Lieder

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Ksenija Sidorova’s accordion and much else meant it was not a normal Last Night of the Proms by any means

United KingdomUnited Kingdom Last Night of the Proms 2021: Stuart Skelton (tenor), Ksenija Sidorova (accordion), BBC Singers, BBC Symphony Chorus, BBC Symphony Orchestra / Sakari Oramo (conductor). Reviewed when broadcast (directed by Marcus Viner) on BBC TV from the Royal Albert Hall, London, 11.9.2021. (JPr)

Sakari Oramo (c) Chris Christodoulou

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ENB’s Emerging Dancer: A Celebration spotlights new talent but was a missed opportunity

United KingdomUnited Kingdom English National Ballet’s Emerging Dancer: A Celebration: Dancers of English National Ballet, English National Ballet Philharmonic / Gavin Sutherland (conductor). Filmed in the Holloway Production Studio at the ENB’s Mulryan Centre for Dance, London, and streamed from 9.9.2020. (JPr)

Alison McWhinney and Junor Souza in No Man’s Land

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