Salzburg’s contemporary new production of Le nozze di Figaro only partly meets expectations

AustriaAustria Salzburg Festival [6] – Mozart, Le nozze di Figaro: Soloists, Concert Association of the Vienna State Opera, Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra / Raphaël Pichon (conductor). Grosses Festspielhaus, Salzburg, 20.8.2023. (MB)

Sabine Devieilhe (Susanna) and Krzysztof Bączyk (Figaro) © SF/Matthias Horn

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Sonya Yoncheva and Vittorio Grigòlo star in Verona’s unashamedly traditional Tosca

ItalyItaly Puccini’s Tosca at the 100th Arena di Verona Opera Festival 2023 [2]: Soloists, Children’s Choir (conductor: Elisabetta Zucca), Chorus (chorus director: Roberto Gabbiani) and Orchestra of Arena di Verona / Francesco Ivan Ciampa (conductor). Recorded (directed by Tiziano Mancini) at the Arena di Verona on 5.8.2023 and available on ARTE Concert until 12.11.2023.  (JPr)

Vittorio Grigòlo (Cavaradossi) © Ennevi Foto

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Anna Netrebko leads a starry cast in Teatro Colón’s semi-staged Il trovatore

ArgentinaArgentina Verdi, Il trovatore: Soloists, Permanent Chorus and Orchestra of Teatro Colón / Giacomo Sagripanti (conductor). Teatro Colón, Buenos Aires. 15.8.2023. (JSJ)

Fabián Veloz (Count di Luna) and Anna Netrebko (Leonora) in Teatro Colón’s Il trovatore © Maximo Parpagnoli

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Tcherniakov’s Der fliegende Holländer at Bayreuth was – and is – for here and now

GermanyGermany Bayreuth Festival 2023 [2] – Wagner, Der fliegende Holländer: Soloists, Bayreuth Festival Chorus and Orchestra / Oksana Lyniv (conductor). Festspielhaus, Bayreuth, 14.8.2023. (MB)

(l-r) Michael Volle (Dutchman), Nadine Weissmann (Mary), Georg Zeppenfeld (Daland), Elisabeth Teige (Senta) © Enrico Nawrath

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Verdi’s Macbeth proves infertile ground for Krzysztof Warlikowski at the Salzburg Festival

AustriaAustria Salzburg Festival 2023 [2] – Verdi, Macbeth: Soloists, Concert Association of the Vienna State Opera Chorus, Angelika Prokopp Summer Academy of the Vienna Philharmonic, Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra / Philippe Jordan (conductor). Performance of 29.7.2023 (directed by Henning Kasten) and available until 27.10.2023 on ARTE Concert. (JPr)

Krzysztof Warlikowski’s Macbeth Act II, Scene 3 © Bernd Uhlig

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