Lockdown View from the Villa takes in a magisterial Lohengrin from Netrebko, Beczala, and Thielemann

GermanyGermany Wagner, Lohengrin: Sächsischer Staatsopernchor Dresden, Sinfoniechor Dresden, Sächsische Staatskapelle / Christian Thielemann (conductor). Performance of 25.5.2016 and reviewed as a Semperoper Weekend Stream on 27.6.2020. (JPr)

Piotr Beczala and Anna Netrebko (c) Daniel Koch

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Met’s 1984 La forza celebrates 2020’s Juneteenth though Leontyne Price and Isola Jones’s stellar performances

United StatesUnited States Verdi, La forza del destino: Soloists, Chorus, and Orchestra of the Metropolitan Opera, New York / James Levine (conductor). 24.3.1984 performance reviewed as a Nightly Met Opera Stream on 20.6.2020. (JPr)

Leontyne Price (Leonora) and Giuseppe Giacomini (Alvaro)

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Paris in summer lockdown: Philharmonia’s backstage antics on TV and Claus Guth’s sci-fi La bohème

FranceFrance Puccini, La bohème: Soloists, Choruses, and Orchestra of the Opéra national de Paris / Gustavo Dudamel (conductor). 12.12.2017 performance at the Opéra Bastille, Paris, replayed and reviewed on 10.6.2020. (JPr)

Nicole Car as Mimì in La bohème © Bernd Uhlig/OnP

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You will not see and hear their like again: Verrett, Pavarotti, and MacNeil in a 1978 Met Tosca

United StatesUnited States Puccini, Tosca: Soloists, Chorus and Orchestra of the Metropolitan Opera, New York / James Conlon (conductor). Performance of 18.12.1978 and reviewed a Nightly Met Opera Stream on 5.6.2020. (JPr)

Luciano Pavarotti (Cavaradossi) and Shirley Verrett (Tosca)

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Opera Philadelphia’s Digital Festival O concludes with Breaking the Waves

United StatesUnited States Mazzoli, Breaking the Waves: Soloists, Chorus and Orchestra of Opera Philadelphia / Steven Osgood (conductor), Opera Philadelphia, Perelman Theater, Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts, Philadelphia. 29.9.2016 performance reviewed as part of Digital Festival O. (RP)

Kiera Duffy (Bess) in Breaking the Waves © Dominic M. Mercier

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Returning to David McVicar’s 2015 Vienna Tristan which showcased singers willing to stand and deliver

AustriaAustria Wagner, Tristan und Isolde: Soloists, Chorus and Orchestra of Vienna State Opera / Peter Schneider (conductor). 18.1.2015 performance and streamed by Wiener Staatsoper Live at Home and reviewed on 28.5.2020. (JPr)

Vienna State Opera’s Tristan und Isolde

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The Met’s 2007 Il barbiere di Siviglia proves an escape from our current reality and a couple of hours of bliss

United StatesUnited States Rossini, Il barbiere di Siviglia: Soloists, Chorus and Orchestra of the Metropolitan Opera, New York / Maurizio Benini (conductor). Performance of 24.3.2007 and reviewed as a Nightly Met Opera Stream (MMB)

Peter Mattei (Figaro), Joyce DiDonato (Rosina), & Juan Diego Flórez (Count Almaviva)
(c) Ken Howard/Met Opera

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