Piacenza’s Gianni Schicchi is an entertaining hour’s music and drama, to remind us of Puccini’s genius

ItalyItaly Puccini, Gianni Schicchi: Soloists, Orchestra Filarmonica Italiana / Massimiliano Stefanelli (conductor). Performed at Teatro Municipale, Piacenza, Italy, and livestreamed (directed by Fabio Dolci) on 22.1.2021 and available to view on YouTube. (CC)

Teatro Municipale’s Gianni Schicchi

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The fine staging and performance of Zemlinsky’s Der Zwerg in Berlin

GermanyGermany Zemlinsky, Der Zwerg: Soloists, Ladies of the Chorus of the Deutsche Oper Berlin, Orchestra of the Deutsche Oper Berlin / Donald Runnicles (conductor). Filmed (directed by Götz Filenius) at the Deutsche Oper Berlin in March 2013. Reviewed when streamed in January 2021 and the earlier published review from a performance on 12.4.2019. (JP) (MB)

Deutsche Oper Berlin’s Der Zwerg (c) Monika Ritterhaus

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Robert Carsen’s funny and not-too-serious Die Zauberflöte is performed in Paris during lockdown

FranceFrance Mozart, Die Zauberflöte (La Flûte enchantée, The Magic Flute): Soloists, Chorus and Orchestra of the Opéra national de Paris / Cornelius Meister (conductor). Performed at – and livestreamed (directed by Jérémie Cuvillier) – from Opéra Bastille, Paris, on 22.1.2021. (JPr)

Robert Carsen’s Die Zauberflöte final scene

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For Verdi’s 200th, Hui He’s Aida lights up Arena di Verona in La Fura dels Baus’s mix of the traditional, modern, and quixotic

ItalyItaly Arena di Verona Opera Festival 2013 – Verdi, Aida: Soloists, Ballet, Chorus and Orchestra of Arena di Verona / Omer Meir Wellber (conductor). Performance of 14.6.2013 and currently available on Marquee TV as a livestream (directed by Andy Sommer). (JPr)

La Fura del Baus’s Aida final scene

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Goodnight Vienna: Plácido Domingo’s Nabucco is his farewell to Vienna State Opera and there is no one there to see it

AustriaAustria Verdi, Nabucco: Chorus and Orchestra of Vienna State Opera / Marco Armiliato (conductor). Livestreamed (directed by Jakob Pitzer) from Vienna State Opera, 22.1.2021. (JPr)

Vienna State Opera’s Nabucco final scene

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Opera Philadelphia Channel blazes a new path with Soldier Songs

United States David T. Little’s Soldier Songs: Johnathan McCullough (baritone), Opera Philadelphia Orchestra / Corrado Rovaris (conductor). Available on Opera Philadelphia Channel from 22.1. to 31.5.2021. (RP)

Johnathan McCollough in Solder Songs © Dominic Mercier

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PROTOTYPE screens Frost’s The Murder of Halit Yozgat – an opera in quarantine

United StatesUnited States PROTOTYPE – OPERA ǀ THEATRE ǀ NOW [3]: Frost & Ekman, The Murder of Halit Yozgat: co-production of Beth Morrison Projects and HERE, New York, 8-16.1.2021. (RP)

The Murder of Halit Yozgat © Richard Mosse

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Piotr Beczala features in Sven-Eric Bechtolf’s nightmarish Rusalka in pre-pandemic Vienna

AustriaAustria Dvořák, Rusalka: Soloists, Chorus and Orchestra of Vienna State Opera / Tomáš Hanus (conductor). 4.2.2020 performance at the Vienna State Opera (directed by Jasmina Eleta), streamed on 15.1.2021. (JPr)

Opening scene of Vienna State Opera’s Rusalka

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