Zurich revives a cinematic Così fan tutte, directed under house arrest

28/10/2019

Mozart, Così fan tutte: Soloists and Chorus of the Opernhaus Zürich, Philharmonia Zürich / Ottavio Dantone (conductor), Opernhaus Zürich, Zurich, 26.10.2019. (CCr)

Kirill Serebrennikov’s Così fan tutte (c) Monika Ritterhaus

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Lisette Oropesa’s return to the Met is the best thing about this Manon revival

28/10/2019

United StatesUnited States Massenet, Manon: Soloists, Metropolitan Opera Orchestra / Maurizio Benini (conductor). Broadcast live from the Metropolitan Opera House to Cineworld Basildon, Essex, 26.10.2019. (JPr)

Metropolitan Opera’s Manon Act IV (c) Marty Sohl

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Tosca in all its glory at Teatro Regio Torino

27/10/2019

Puccini, Tosca: Soloists, Chorus & Orchestra of Teatro Regio Torino, Children’s Chorus of Teatro Regio Torino and the Conservatory Giuseppe Verdi / Daniel Oren (conductor), Teatro Regio Torino, Turin, 22 & 23.10.2019. (RP)

Anna Pirozzi (Tosca) and Ambrogio Maestri (Scarpia) (c) Edoardo Piva

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Goodness triumphant, and a visual feast for Seattle’s La Cenerentola

25/10/2019

Rossini, La Cenerentola: Soloists and Chorus of the Seattle Opera, Seattle Symphony / Gary Thor Wedow (conductor), Seattle, Washington, 19.10.2019. (ZC)

Seattle Opera’s La Cenerentola (c) Sunny Martini

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Fine musical performances but an indifferent Deutsche Oper production of Les contes d’Hoffmann

25/10/2019

GermanyGermany Offenbach, Les contes d’Hoffmann: Soloists, Chorus (chorus master: Jeremy Bines) and Orchestra of the Deutsche Oper, Berlin / Daniel Carter (conductor). Deutsche Oper, Berlin, 24.10.2019. (MB)

Deutsche Oper’s Les contes d’Hoffmann (c) Bettina Stöß

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Bejun Mehta and Danielle de Niese dazzle in La Scala’s Giulio Cesare in Egitto

25/10/2019

United StatesUnited States Handel, Giulio Cesare in Egitto: Soloists, Teatro alla Scala Chorus & Orchestra / Giovanni Antonini (conductor), Teatro alla Scala, Milan, 21.10.2019. (RP)

Danielle de Niese (Cleopatra) © Marco Brescia and Rudy Amisano

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Totally absorbing: sex, blasphemy and annihilation in Francesconi’s La Scala Quartett

23/10/2019

ItalyItaly Francesconi, Quartett: Soloists, Teatro alla Scala Chorus & Orchestra / Maxime Pascal (conductor), Teatro alla Scala, Milan, 19.10.2019. (RP)

Allison Cook (Marquise de Merteuil) and Robin Adams (Vicomte de Valmont)
© Rudy Amisano

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In Gluck at the Met, voices align with dance-centric staging

22/10/2019

United StatesUnited States Gluck, Orfeo ed Euridice: Soloists, Chorus, Orchestra of Metropolitan Opera / Mark Wigglesworth (conductor), Metropolitan Opera House, New York. 20.10.2019. (HS)

Hei-Kyung Hong (Euridice) and Jamie Barton (Orfeo) (c) Ken Howard/Met Opera

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