Gothenburg’s new Barber is a love letter to the magic of live performance

SwedenSweden Rossini, Il barbiere di Siviglia: Soloists of Gothenburg Opera, Gothenburg Opera male chorus, Gothenburg Opera Orchestra / Ville Matvejeff (fortepiano/conductor). Gothenburg Opera main stage, 5.9.2021. (NS)

(left to right) Berta (Mia Karlsson), Rosina (Ann-Kristin Jones) and Figaro (Hannes Öberg) (c) Lennart Sjöberg

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The Bartered Bride at Prague’s National Theatre is a sheer delight

Czech RepublicCzech Republic Smetana, The Bartered Bride (Prodaná nevěsta): Soloists, National Theatre Opera Ballet, Members of the Continuo Theatre, Dancers and Members of the Prague Philharmonic Children’s Choir, National Theatre Chorus and Orchestra / David Švec (conductor). National Theatre, Prague, 1.9.2021. (RP)

National Theatre’s The Bartered Bride (previous performances) © Hana Smejkalová

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Komische Oper’s new Œdipe in Berlin is a major achievement

GermanyGermany Enescu, Œdipe: Soloists, Choir of the Komische Oper Berlin, Vocalconsort Berlin (chorus director: David Cavelius), Children’s Choir of the Komische Oper Berlin (chorus director: Dagmar Fiebach), Orchestra of the Komische Oper Berlin, Ainārs Rubikis (conductor). Komische Oper, Berlin, 29.8.2021. (MB)

Enescu’s Œdipe at Berlin’s Komische Oper (c) Monika Rittershaus

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Warlikowski’s landmark Elektra at the Salzburg Festival returns to celebrate its 100+1 anniversary  

AustriaAustria Salzburg Festival 2021 [2] – Strauss, Elektra: Soloists, Concert Association of the Vienna State Opera Chorus, Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra / Franz Welser-Möst (conductor), Felsenreitschule, Salzburg, 28.8.2021 (ALL)

Salzburg Festival’s Elektra: Ausrine Stundyte (Elektra, bottom right) © Bernd Uhlig

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Sebastian Catana triumphs as Verdi’s Falstaff for Berkshire Opera Festival

United StatesUnited States Berkshire Opera Festival – Verdi, Falstaff: Soloists, Berkshire Opera Festival Chorus and Orchestra / Brian Garman (conductor). Berkshire Opera Festival, Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center, Great Barrington, Massachusetts, 21.8.2021. (RP)

Sebastian Catana (Falstaff, centre front) © Ken Howard

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At Glimmerglass, Denyce Graves summons the passion of an American opera visionary

United StatesUnited States The Glimmerglass Festival 2021 – Sandra Seaton, The Passion of Mary Cardwell Dawson: Soloists, Kevin Miller (music director and pianist). Glimmerglass Festival, Cooperstown, New York, 9.8.2021. (RP)

Denyce Graves (Mary Cardwell Dawson) © Karli Cadel/Glimmerglass Festival

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The Lord of the Cries is Corigliano’s new thriller which delivers a punch at Santa Fe Opera

United StatesUnited States John Corigliano, The Lord of Cries: Soloists, Chorus and Orchestra of Santa Fe Opera / Johannes Debus (conductor). Crosby Theater, Santa Fe, New Mexico, 11.8.2021. (HS)

Anthony Roth Costanzo (Dionysus), Leah Brzyski (Agave), Megan Moore
(Ino) and Rachel Blaustein (Autonoe) (c) Curtis Brown

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