Haydn’s The Seasons in Dresden had an essentially sunlit disposition

GermanyGermany Dresden Music Festival 2024 [11] – Haydn, The Seasons (Die Jahreszeiten): Lina Johnson (soprano, Hanne), Tilman Lichdi (tenor, Lukas), Matthias Winckhler (bass-baritone, Simon), La Capella Nacional de Catalunya, Le Concert des Nations / Jordi Savall (conductor). Kulturpalast Dresden, 30.5.2024. (MC)

[front l-r] Lina Johnson (soprano), Jordi Savall (conductor), Tilman Lichdi (tenor), and Matthias Winckhler (baritone) © Oliver Killig

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At Dresden’s Frauenkirche soprano Jeanine De Bique soared to great heights

United KingdomUnited Kingdom Dresden Music Festival 2024 [10] – ‘Mirrors’ (music by Handel, Graun, Vinci, Telemann, Broschi): Jeanine De Bique (soprano), Concerto Köln / Evgeny Sviridov (concertmaster). Frauenkirche, Dresden, 29.5.2024. (MC)

Jeanine De Bique (soprano) and Concerto Köln © Stephan Floss

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Hooray for Hollywood and highly satisfying Tchaikovsky from Hope, Vogler and the DSO Berlin in Dresden

GermanyGermany Dresden Music Festival 2024 [9] – Price, Rózsa, Williams, Rózsa and Tchaikovsky: Daniel Hope (violin), Jan Vogler (cello), Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin / Anna Rakitina (conductor). Frauenkirche, Dresden, 28.5.2024. (MC)

Daniel Hope (violin), Jan Vogler (cello), Anna Rakitina (conductor) and DSO Berlin © Oliver Killig

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Garsington Opera revives its undemanding but rewarding Le nozze di Figaro

United KingdomUnited Kingdom Garsington Opera 2024 [2] – Mozart, Le nozze di Figaro: Soloists, Garsington Opera Chorus, Philharmonia Orchestra / Tabita Berglund (conductor). Garsington Opera at Wormsley, 1.6.2024. (CR)

Bethany Horak-Hallett (Cherubino) and Samantha Clarke (Countess) © Julian Guidera

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Nevill Holt’s remarkably innovative Magic Flute begins a much expanded Festival programme

United KingdomUnited Kingdom Nevill Holt Festival 2024 – Mozart, The Magic Flute: Soloists, Britten Sinfonia / Finnegan Downie Dear (conductor). Nevill Holt, Market Harborough, Leicestershire, 1.6 2024. (CP)

Archie White (Dancer), Martins Smaukstelis (Tamino), Thea Kallhed Möller (Dancer), and Olivia Warburton (Pamina) © Manuel Harlan

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Garsington Opera’s music and action provide vibrant integration for – a less episodic than usual – Platée

United KingdomUnited Kingdom Garsington Opera 2024 [1] – Jean-Philippe Rameau, Platée: Soloists, Garsington Opera Chorus, The English Concert / Paul Agnew (conductor). Garsington Opera at Wormsley, 31.5.2024. (CR)

A scene from Garsington Opera’s Platée © Clive Barda/ArenaPAL

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Manfred Honeck and the Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra sound magnificent in Dresden

GermanyGermany Dresden Music Festival 2024 [8] – Tarrodi, Sibelius, Dvořák: Daniel Lozakovich (violin), Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra / Manfred Honeck (conductor). Kulturpalast Dresden, 26.5.2024. (MC)

Manfred Honeck conducts violinist Daniel Lozakovich and the Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra © Oliver Killig

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