A death a minute in Let Me Die at Opera Philadelphia’s Festival O19

United StatesUnited States Festival O19 [1] – Joseph Keckler, Let Me Die: Veronica Chapman-Smith (soprano), Natalie Levin (mezzo-soprano), Augustine Mercante (countertenor), Saori Tsukada (actor & dancer), William Kim (piano), Lavinia Pavlish (violin), Opera Philadelphia, Fringe Arts, Philadelphia, 27.9.2019. (RP)

Joseph Keckler in Let Me Die © Johanna Austin

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Despite John Butt’s strong presence, Spears’s music isn’t Mozart’s in Glasgow

United KingdomUnited Kingdom 2019 Glasgow Cathedral Festival –Bruckner, Mozart: Mhairi Lawson (soprano), Beth Taylor, (mezzo-soprano), Christopher Bowen (tenor), Brian Bannatyne-Scott (bass), Orchestra, Glasgow Cathedral Choir, Glasgow University Chapel Choir / John Butt (conductor), Glasgow Cathedral, 28.9.2019. (SRT)

2019 Glasgow Cathedral Festival (c) Tommy Ga-Ken Wan

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The Karajan Academy of the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra excels at Musikfest Berlin

GermanyGermany Musikfest Berlin [11] – Neuwirth and Grisey: Emmanuel Pahud (flute), Juliet Fraser (soprano), Karajan Academy of the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra / Susanna Mälkki (conductor). Kammermusiksaal, Philharmonie, Berlin, 18.9.2019. (MB)

Susanna Mälkki (c) Simon Fowler

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Ear-stretching music-making across three different centuries from Les Siècles and François-Xavier Roth

GermanyGermany Musikfest Berlin [10] – Rameau, Lachenmann, and Berlioz: Tabea Zimmermann (viola), Les Siècles / François-Xavier Roth (conductor). Philharmonie, Berlin, 15.9.2019. (MB)

Tabea Zimmermann (viola), François-Xavier Roth (conductor) & Les Siècles
© Monika Karczmarczyk

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The BBC Proms 2019 ended with a unique, seldom experienced atmosphere at the Last Night

United KingdomUnited Kingdom BBC Prom 75 – Last Night of the Proms: Jamie Barton (mezzo-soprano). BBC Singers. BBC Symphony Chorus. BBC Symphony Orchestra / Sakari Oramo (conductor). Royal Albert Hall, London, 14.9.2019. (MMB)

Jamie Barton (mezzo-soprano) at the Last Night of the Proms (c) Chris Christodoulou

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Daniel Harding’s outstanding account of Berlioz’s Roméo et Juliette in Berlin

GermanyGermany Musikfest Berlin [8] – Berlioz: Kate Lindsey (mezzo-soprano), Andrew Staples (tenor), Shenyang (bass-baritone), Berlin Radio Chorus (chorus master: Gijs Leenaars), Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra / Daniel Harding (conductor). Philharmonie, Berlin, 13.9.2019. (MB)

Daniel Harding (c) Iñigo Ibañez

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