Verbier Festival 2021: Matthias Goerne brings joy to Schubert and Lahav Shani’s Mozart is terrifically exciting

SwitzerlandSwitzerland Verbier Festival 2021 [1] – Schubert (arr. Schmalcz, Reger, Webern), Mozart: Matthias Goerne (baritone), Verbier Festival Orchestra / Lahav Shani (conductor). Salle des Combins, Verbier, Switzerland, 31.7.2021. (CC)

Matthias Goerne (baritone) at the Verbier Festival

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‘Re-Creation’ at the Three Choirs Festival is a Roaring success

United KingdomUnited Kingdom Three Choirs Festival [7] – Haydn, The Creation: Carolyn Sampson (soprano), Robert Murray (tenor), Neal Davies (bass), Gabrieli Roar, Gabrieli Consort and Players / Paul McCreesh (conductor). Worcester Cathedral 1.8.2021. (JQ)

Haydn’s The Creation at the Three Choirs Festival in Worcester Cathedral

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Fine performances – and a large audience – as the BBC Proms return

United KingdomUnited Kingdom First Night of the Proms – Vaughan Williams, Poulenc, MacMillan, and Sibelius: Elizabeth Llewellyn (soprano), Jess Dandy (contralto), Allan Clayton (tenor), Michael Mofidian (bass-baritone), BBC Singers (chorus-master: Martin Fitzpatrick), BBC Symphony Orchestra, Dalia Stasevska (conductor). Royal Albert Hall, London, 30.7.2021. (MB)

Elizabeth Llewellyn (c) BBC/Chris Christodoulou

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Persuasive advocacy for unfamiliar English music at the Three Choirs Festival

United KingdomUnited Kingdom Three Choirs Festival [6] – Ireland, Howells, Gibbs: Guy Johnston (cello), Ruby Hughes (soprano), Njabulo Madlala (baritone), Three Choirs Festival Chorus, Philharmonia Orchestra / Samuel Hudson, Adrian Partington (conductors). Worcester Cathedral 31.7.2021. (JQ)

Guy Johnston (cello) (c) M. Whitefoot

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Longborough’s emerging artists and youth chorus fashion a Cunning spirits-lifting close to the season

United KingdomUnited Kingdom Longborough Festival Opera 2021 [3] – Janáček, The Cunning Little Vixen: Soloists, Longborough Youth Chorus, Longborough Festival Orchestra / Justin Brown (conductor). The Big Top, Longborough, Gloucestershire, 29.7.2021. (CP)

Julieth Lozano (Vixen) & Longborough Youth Chorus (c) Matthew Williams-Ellis

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