BON APPÉTIT!: A Sweet Soirée – Jamie Barton is as luscious as the chocolate cake she bakes for Opera Philadelphia

United StatesUnited States Lee Hoiby, Bon Appétit!: Jamie Barton (mezzo-soprano), Jonathan Easter (piano), Opera Philadelphia. Available on Opera Philadelphia Channel until 15.1.2021. (RP)

Jamie Barton as Julia Child

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Compelling and cutting-edge: LA Opera presents Prototype Festival’s Modulation

United StatesUnited States Various composers, Modulation: Prototype Festival co-presented by LA Opera / a co-production of Beth Morrison Projects and Here, streaming from 8.1 to 16.1.2021 (click here). (JRo)

Modulation – A still from Raven Chacon’s ‘La Indita Cautiva’

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The champagne falls flat for Vienna’s lockdown 2020 New Year’s Eve Die Fledermaus

AustriaAustria Johann Strauss II, Die Fledermaus: Soloists, Chorus and Orchestra of Vienna State Opera / Cornelius Meister (conductor). Livestream (directed by Volker Grohskopf) from the Vienna State Opera, 31.12.2020. (JPr)

Vienna State Opera’s Die Fledermaus Act II

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Roberto Alagna and Vida Miknevičiūtė make their role debuts in Calixto Bieito’s unromantic trial by jury Berlin Lohengrin

GermanyGermany Wagner, Lohengrin: Soloists, Staatsopernchor, Staatskapelle Berlin / Matthias Pintscher (conductor). 13.12.2020 performance at Staatsoper Unter den Linden, Berlin, streamed (directed for TV by Andreas Morell) and available on ARTE Concert until 15.1.2020 (click here). (JPr)

Lohengrin Act III (c) Monika Rittershaus

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Teatro Comunale di Bologna’s Cav & Pag provides the shot of versimo we surely need

ItalyItaly Mascagni, Leoncavallo, Cavalleria rusticana / Pagliacci: Soloists, Chorus and Orchestra of the Teatro Comunale di Bologna / Frédéric Chaslin (conductor). Originally livestreamed (9.2.2020) on OperaStreaming by Edunova. This was reviewed on YouTube and it is available via SoundCloud. (CC)

Cavalleria rusticana (c) Rocco Casaluci

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Pittsburgh Opera presents David T. Little’s powerful and provocative Soldier Songs

United StatesUnited States Little, Soldier Songs: Yazid Gray (baritone), Pittsburgh Opera Orchestra / Mark Trawka (conductor). Pittsburgh Opera Headquarters, Pittsburgh, 8.12.2020. Livestream viewed on 11.12.2020. (RP)

Yazid Gray in Soldier Songs © David Bachman

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