Roberto Alagna and Aleksandra Kurzak explore a toxic relationship in Vienna’s 2018 Otello

AustriaAustria Verdi, Otello: Soloists, Chorus and Orchestra of Vienna State Opera / Graeme Jenkins (conductor). Performance filmed (directed by Jakob Pitzer) on 18.3.2018 and reviewed when streamed on 2.3.2021. (JPr)

Vienna State Opera’s 2018 Otello Act II

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HERE presents the premiere of No One Is Forgotten, an opera for radio conceived during the pandemic

United StatesUnited States Paola Prestini & Sxip Shirey, No One Is Forgotten: Soloists, Jeffrey Zeigler (cello) / Raquel Acevedo Klein (conductor). HERE Arts Center, National Sawdust, Brooklyn. Based on the Winter Miller play of the same name, and premiered on 24.2.2021. Available for streaming through 24.4.2021. (RP)

Photo from the original production of No One Is Forgotten,
with Sarah Nina Hayon (Lali) and Renata Friedman (Beng) © Paula Court

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Rachvelishvili and Beczala lead an impressive Vienna ensemble as Bieito brings enhanced dramatic intent to Carmen

AustriaAustria Bizet, Carmen: Soloists, Children of the Opera School, Chorus and Orchestra of Vienna State Opera / Andrés Orozco-Estrada (conductor). Performed at the Vienna State Opera and livestreamed (directed by Karina Fibich) on 21.2.2021. (JPr)

Vienna State Opera’s Carmen Act II

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As Radvanovsky hits new heights in Paris, Aida is not the museum piece Lotte de Beer thinks it is

FranceFrance Verdi, Aida: Soloists, Chorus and Orchestra of Opéra national de Paris / Michele Mariotti (conductor). Livestreamed (directed by Francois-René Martin) from Opéra Bastille, Paris, 18.2.2021. (JPr)

Jonas Kaufmann (Radamès) & Dmitry Belosselskiy (Ramfis)  (c) Vincent Pontet

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Dmitri Tcherniakov’s new Munich Der Freischütz is a hit-or-miss corporate affair

GermanyGermany Weber, Der Freischütz: Soloists, Chorus of the Bayerische Staatsoper, Bayerisches Staatsorchester / Antonello Manacorda (conductor). Livestreamed from the Munich National Theatre, 13.2.2021. (JPr)

Opening scene of Der Freischütz © Wilfried Hösl

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John Holiday premieres Tyshawn Sorey’s Save the Boys for Opera Philadelphia

United StatesUnited States Tyshawn Sorey, Save the Boys: John Holiday (countertenor), Grant Loehnig (piano). Opera Philadelphia, Rittenhouse Soundworks, Philadelphia. Available on Opera Philadelphia Channel through 31.5.2021. (RP)

Countertenor John Holiday in Save the Boys

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This magnificently polished musical Das Rheingold is a striking success for Anthony Negus and Melbourne Opera

AustraliaAustralia Wagner, Das Rheingold: Soloists, Melbourne Opera Orchestra / Anthony Negus (conductor). Livestream from the Regent Theatre, Melbourne, 7.2.2021. (JPr)

Melbourne Opera’s Das Rheingold closing scene (c) Robin Halls

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SF Opera allows a reappraisal of Daniel Slater’s convincing 2012 Lohengrin with Brandon Jovanovich, Camilla Nylund and Petra Lang

United StatesUnited States Wagner, Lohengrin: Soloists, Chorus and Orchestra of San Francisco Opera / Nicola Luisotti (conductor). 2012 performance at the War Memorial Opera House, San Francisco, streamed over the weekend 6-7.2.2021. (JPr)

San Francisco Opera’s Lohengrin (c) Cory Weaver

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