Bayerische Staatsoper’s The Turning Point: in Munich is it the end of the beginning or the beginning of the end?

GermanyGermany Munich Opera Festival 2021 – The Turning Point: A Final Evening of Endings and Beginnings: Soloists, Nikolaus Bachler (recitation), Bayerisches Staatsorchester / Ivor Bolton, Asher Fisch, Kent Nagano, Kirill Petrenko (conductors). Performance of 30.7.2021 at Munich’s Bayerische Staatsoper and streamed (directed by Christoph Engel) from 3.8. to 10.8.2021. (JPr)

Ivor Bolton conducts Christian Gerhaher singing ‘Possente spirto’ 

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A trio of symphonies from the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra at the Proms

United KingdomUnited Kingdom BBC Proms 2021 [3] – Gipps, Adès, Brahms: City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra / Gražinytė-Tyla (conductor). Royal Albert Hall, London, 5.8.2021. (CS)

Mirga Gražinytė-Tyla (c) BBC/Chris Christodoulou

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Nevill Holt’s La traviata – an astonishing achievement, full of emerging talent

United KingdomUnited Kingdom Nevill Holt Opera 2021 [1] – Verdi, La traviata: Soloists, chorus and Manchester Camerata / Nicholas Chalmers (conductor). Nevill Holt, Market Harborough, Leicestershire, 5.8.2021. (CP)

Susana Gaspar (Violetta) & Luis Gomes (Alfredo) (c) Lloyd Winters

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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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