Köpplinger’s child-friendly Die Zauberflöte returns opera to Dresden’s Semperoper

GermanyGermany Mozart, Die Zauberflöte: Soloists, Dresden State Opera Chorus, Staatskapelle Dresden / Christoph Gedschold (conductor). Filmed (directed by Tilo Krause) at the Semperoper Dresden on 31.3.2021 and streamed on 5.4.2021. (JPr)

Klaus Florian Vogt (Tamino) and Nikola Hillebrand (Queen of the Night)

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La Scala Ballet shows Rudolf Nureyev lives on due to his artistic legacy, influence on ballet and choreographies

ItalyItaly Homage to Nureyev: Dancers of La Scala Ballet, Orchestra of La Scala, Milan / Koen Kessels (conductor). Recorded (directed by Tiziano Mancini) on 19.3.2021 and streamed from La Scala, Milan, 28.3.2021. (JPr)

Raymonda Act III (c) Brescia e Amisano

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Gothenburg’s shining Siegfried gloriously surmounts the challenges of producing opera in a pandemic

SwedenSweden Wagner, Siegfried: Soloists, Dancers, Gothenburg Opera Orchestra / Evan Rogister (conductor). Pre-recorded on Gothenburg Opera main stage for digital streaming only and premiered 26-28.3.2021. (NS)

Sofie Asplund (The Woodbird) & Daniel Brenna (Siegfried) (c) Lennart Sjöberg

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Barrie Kosky’s disappoiningly unfunny Munich Der Rosenkavalier is redeemed by some strong singing

GermanyGermany Richard Strauss, Der Rosenkavalier: Soloists, Chorus and Orchestra of Bavarian State Opera / Vladimir Jurowski (conductor). Livestreamed (directed by Henning Kasten) on Arte.tv (click here) from the National Theatre, Munich, 21.3.2021. (JPr)

Samantha Hankey (‘Mariandel’), Marlis Petersen (Marschallin) & Christof Fischesser (Ochs)

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Enjoyable adulterous antics from Grange Park Opera and their L’heure espagnole in a London antique clocks shop

United KingdomUnited Kingdom Ravel, L’heure espagnole: Soloists, Chris Hopkins (music director/piano), Ognune Lively (brass), Tom Marshall (percussion). Filmed 23 – 27.2.2021 in venues in Kensington Church Street, London, and streamed by Grange Park Opera, West Horsley, 20.3.2021. (JPr)

Catherine Backhouse (Concepción)

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Conor Mitchell’s new opera for children is not without a dark side

IrelandIreland Conor Mitchell’s The Musician: A Horror Opera for Children: Soloists, The Belfast Ensemble / Tom Brady (Conductor), Livestreamed from Belfast’s Lyric Theatre as part of 2021 Belfast Children’s Festival, 12.3.2021. (RB)

Conor Mitchell’s The Musician: A Horror Opera for Children (c) Neil Harrison

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Getting virtually around the Ring with San Francisco Opera

San Francisco Opera’s Ring Festival passes the halfway mark More than halfway through San Francisco Opera’s virtual Ring Festival, it is clear that a good deal of thought and creativity have gone into it, even beyond director Francesca Zambello’s decidedly American take on Richard Wagner’s four-opera marathon. Before the wrap-up on the weekend of 27-28 March, … Read more