Aix-en-Provence saw the premiere of Kaija Saariaho’s engrossing, thought-provoking commentary on gun violence and much else

FranceFrance Aix-en-Provence Festival 2021 [2] – Kaija Saariaho’s Innocence: Soloists, Estonian Philharmonic Chamber Choir, London Symphony Orchestra / Susanna Mälkki (conductor). 10.7.2021 Performance filmed (directed by Philippe Béziat) at the Grand Théâtre de Provence, Aix-en-Provence, and available on ARTE Concert until 1.7.2024. (JPr)

[r] Vilma Jää (Marketa) & Magdalena Kožená (Tereza) (c) Jean-Louis Fernandez

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Grand opera returns to New York with Teatro Nuovo’s delightful Il barbiere di Siviglia

United StatesUnited States Rossini, Il barbiere di Siviglia: Soloists, Teatro Nuovo Chorus and Orchestra / Jakob Lehmann (primo violino e capo d’orchestra) and Will Crutchfield (maestro al cembalo). Teatro Nuovo, Damrosch Park, New York, NY, 27.7.2021. (RP)

Hannah Ludwig (Rosina) © Steven Pisano

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Bard Summerscape presents Chausson’s Le roi Arthus in a thrilling, picture-perfect production

United StatesUnited States Chausson, Le roi Arthus: Soloists, Bard Festival Chorale, American Symphony Orchestra / Leon Botstein (conductor), Bard Summerscape 2021, Fisher Center, Sosnoff Theater, Annandale-on-Hudson, NY, 25.7.2021. (RP)

Norman Garrett (King Arthus) © Maria Baranova

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At Bayreuth, it is Tcherniakov’s Der fliegende Holländer we see while Oksana Lyniv lets us hear Wagner’s

GermanyGermany Bayreuth Festival 2021 – Wagner, Der fliegende Holländer: Soloists, Chorus and Orchestra of the Bayreuth Festival / Oksana Lyniv (conductor). 25.7.2021 performance and streamed (directed by Andy Sommer) for a limited time on DG Stage. (JPr)

Marina Prudenskaya (Mary), Eric Cutler (Erik) and Asmik Grigorian (Senta) (c) Enrico Nawrath/Bayreuther Festspiele

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Wallow in the beauty of the human voice, though Munich’s new Idomeneo dwarfs the singers

GermanyGermany Mozart, Idomeneo: Soloists, Chorus of the Bayerischen Staatsoper, Bayerisches Staatsorchester / Constantinos Carydis (conductor). Filmed (directed by Christoph Engel) on 24.7.2021 at the Prinzregententheater, Munich, and streamed from 26.7.2021 (and available until 26.8.2021). (JPr)

Hanna-Elisabeth Müller as Elettra in Munich’s Idomeneo

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Tosca cast less impressive in concert in Peralada than at the Teatro Real

SpainSpain Festival Castell de Peralada 2021 Puccini, Tosca (concert version): Pequeños Cantores de la JORCAM, Teatro Real Chorus and Orchestra / Nicola Luisotti (conductor). Auditorio Castell de Peralada, 25.7. 2021. (JMI)

Jonas Kaufmann, Sondra Radvanovsky & Nicola Luisotti in Tosca (c) M. González

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