Jonas Kaufmann’s Rodolfo is a revelation in a vintage Munich La bohème for our time and all time

GermanyGermany Puccini, La bohème: Soloists. Kinderchor und Chor der Bayerischen Staatsoper, Bayerisches Staatsorchester / Asher Fisch (conductor). Recorded live on 27.11.2020 and available as Video-on-Demand (click here) until 3.1.2021. (JPr)

La bohème Act IV in Otto Schenk’s Munich production

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Fascinating new Modena staging of Massenet’s Werther involves intelligent use of technology

ItalyItaly Massenet, Werther: Soloists, Scuola voci bianche del Teatro Communale di Modena, Orchestra Filarmonica dell’Opera Italiana Bruno Bartoletti / Francesco Pasqualetti (conductor). Livestreamed from Teatro Communale Luciano Pavarotti, Modena, via operastreaming.com (click here) by Edunova on 4.12.2020. (CC)

Teatro Communale Luciano Pavarotti’s Werther (c) Rolando Paolo Guerzoni

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Jake Heggie’s Three Decembers fits smoothly into Opera San Jose’s creative video format

United StatesUnited States Jake Heggie, Three Decembers: Veronika Agranov-Dafoe and Sunny Yoon (pianos) / Christopher James Ray (conductor), fully staged production by Opera San Jose, video made at Fred Heiman Digital Media Studio, San Jose, California, and streaming from 3.12.2020 to 31.12.2020. (HS)

Susan Graham, Efraín Solís, & Maya Kherani in Three Decembers (c) David Allen

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New Zealand Opera’s Tosca: what a production, voices, playing and conducting!

New ZealandNew Zealand Puccini, Tosca: Soloists, Freemasons New Zealand Opera Chorus, New Zealand Symphony Orchestra / Tobias Ringborg (conductor). St. James Theatre, Wellington. 10.10.2015. (PM)

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Simon O’Neill (Cavaradossi) and Orla Boylan (Tosca) (c) Neil Mackenzie

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Kaufmann is not the best thing about Konwitschny’s Vienna Don Carlos which stands the test of time

AustriaAustria Verdi, Don Carlos: Soloists, Chorus and Orchestra of Vienna State Opera / Bertrand de Billy (conductor). 4.10.2020 performance (directed for TV by Dominik Kepczynski) and reviewed when streamed on 22.11.2020. (JPr)

Don Carlos – Jonas Kaufmann (Don Carlos), Igor Golovantenko (Rodrigue)
and Michele Pertusi (Philippe II)

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A rarely performed eighteenth-century opera: The Anonymous Lover by Joseph Bologne, Chevalier de Saint-Georges

United StatesUnited States Joseph Bologne, Chevalier de Saint-Georges, The Anonymous Lover: Soloists and Orchestra of LA Opera / James Conlon (conductor). Colburn School’s Zipper Hall, Los Angeles, streaming from 14.11.2020 – 29.11.2020. (JRo)

A scene from LA Opera’s The Anonymous Lover (c) Larry Ho

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