Remembering Shostakovich’s Lady Macbeth of Mtsensk returning to Moscow

05/04/2020

Russian FederationRussian Federation Shostakovich, Lady Macbeth of Mtsensk: Chorus and Orchestra of the Samara State Opera and Ballet Company / Alexander Anisimov (conductor). Stanislavsky Musical Theatre, Moscow, 22.2.2018. (GT)

Samara Opera’s Lady Macbeth of Mtsensk

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Revisiting the Met’s Superb 2010 Don Carlo

03/04/2020

United StatesUnited States Verdi, Don Carlo (archived Live in HD encore): Soloists, Chorus and Orchestra of the Metropolitan Opera / Yannick Nézet-Séguin (conductor). Performance of 11.12.2010 and reviewed on 2.4.2020. (RDA)

Marina Poplavskaya (Elisabeth) & Roberto Alagna (Don Carlo) (c) Ken Howard

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Unconventional, inspiring Don Giovanni in Helsinki

17/03/2020

FinlandFinland Mozart, Don Giovanni: Finnish National Opera Chorus and Orchestra / Patrick Fournillier (conductor). Finnish National Opera, Helsinki, 6.3.2020. (GF)

Markus Suihkonen (Leporello) & Tuomas Pursio (Don Giovanni) © Stefan Bremer

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Two impressive debuts in Chicago Lyric’s Madama Butterfly reboot

16/03/2020

United StatesUnited States Puccini, Madama Butterfly: Soloists, Orchestra, Lyric Opera of Chicago / Henrik Nánási (conductor). Civic Opera House, Chicago. 7.3.2020. (JLZ)

Lyric Opera of Chicago’s Madama Butterfly (c) Andrew Cioffi

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LA Opera’s Roberto Devereux features superb singing and their outstanding orchestra

09/03/2020

United StatesUnited States Donizetti, Roberto Devereux: LA Opera Chorus and Orchestra / Eun Sun Kim (conductor. Dorothy Chandler Pavilion, Los Angeles, 5.3.2020. (DD)

Donizetti’s Roberto Devereux (c) Cory Weaver

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Juan Diego Flórez shines in La bohème revival at Zurich Opera

09/03/2020

SwitzerlandSwitzerland Puccini, La bohème: Soloists, Chorus of the Zurich Opera, Philharmonia Zurich / Marco Armiliato (conductor). Zurich Opera, Zurich, 8.3.2020. (JR)

Juan Diego Flórez (Rodolfo) and Ruzan Mantashyan (Mimì) (c) Toni Suter

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In Berlin, the Staatsoper presents a Carmen to make one think

09/03/2020

GermanyGermany Bizet, Carmen: Soloists, Children’s Choir of the Staatsoper Unter den Linden (chorus director: Vincenz Weissenburger), Staatsopernchor Berlin (chorus director: Martin Wright), Staatskapelle Berlin / Daniel Barenboim (conductor). Staatsoper Unter den Linden, Berlin, 7.3.2020. (MB)

Anita Rachvelishvili (Carmen) (c) Monika Rittershaus

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Handel meets House of Cards? A compelling Agrippina from the Met

04/03/2020

United StatesUnited States Handel, Agrippina: Soloists, Chorus and Orchestra of the Metropolitan Opera, New York / Harry Bicket (conductor).  Broadcast live from the Metropolitan Opera, New York to Dundonald Omniplex Cinema, Belfast,  29.2.2020. (RB)

Handel’s Agrippina (c) Marty Sohl/Met Opera

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