The beautiful Emilio Sagi staging of Le nozze di Figaro opens the opera season in Valencia

07/10/2019

SpainSpain Mozart, Le nozze di Figaro: Generalitat Valenciana Chorus, Comunitat Valenciana Orchestra / Christopher Moulds (conductor), Palau de Les Arts, Valencia, 6.10.2019. (JMI)

Le nozze di Figaro (c) M. Lorenzo y M. Ponce

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Much to ponder in the new production of Tristan und Isolde in Leipzig

07/10/2019

GermanyGermany Wagner, Tristan und Isolde: Soloists, Leipzig Opera Chorus (chorus director: Thomas Eitler-de Lint), Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra / Ulf Schirmer (conductor). Leipzig Opera House, Leipzig, 5.10.2019. (MB)

Oper Leipzig’s Tristan und Isolde (c) Tom Schulze

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Delightful, effervescent and so much fun: The Love for Three Oranges in Philadelphia

05/10/2019

United StatesUnited States Festival O19 [3] – Prokofiev, The Love for Three Oranges: Soloists, Opera Philadelphia Chorus & Orchestra / Corrado Rovaris (conductor), Opera Philadelphia, Academy of Music, Philadelphia, 29.9.2019. (RP)

Jonathan Johnson (Prince), Ben Wager (Farfarello) and Barry Banks (Truffaldino)
© Kelly & Massa

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Nicolai’s best-known opera finely sung and played in Berlin

04/10/2019

GermanyGermany Nicolai, Die lustige Weiben von Windsor: Soloists, Staatsopernchor Berlin (chorus master: Martin Wright), Staatskapelle Berlin / Daniel Barenboim (conductor), Staatsoper Unter den Linden, Berlin, 3.10.2019. (MB)

(c) Monika Rittershaus

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Rossini’s Barber opens a new season at Lyric Opera of Chicago

04/10/2019

United StatesUnited States Rossini, The Barber of Seville: Soloists, Orchestra, Lyric Opera of Chicago / Sir Andrew Davis (conductor). Civic Opera House, Chicago. 28.9.2019. (JLZ)

Adam Plachetka, Marianne Crebassa, & Lawrence Brownlee
in The Barber of Seville (c) Todd Rosenberg

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‘Viva Verdi!’ – Plácido Domingo’s 50th Anniversary Gala at Arena di Verona

04/10/2019

ItalyItaly Verdi, Plácido Domingo 50th Anniversary Gala at the Arena di Verona: Plácido Domingo (baritone) and soloists, Ballet, Chorus and Orchestra of Arena di Verona / Jordi Bernàcer (conductor). Recorded on 4th August and shown at Cineworld Basildon, Essex, 1.10.2019 (JPr)

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Denis & Katya: Philip Venables’ compelling opera premieres at Festival O19

02/10/2019

United StatesUnited States Festival O19 [2] – Philip Venables, Denis & Katya: Emily Edmonds (mezzo-soprano), Johnny Herford (baritone), Branson Yeast, Rose Bart, Jean Kim, Jennie Lorenzo (cellos) / Emily Senturia (musical director), Philadelphia Opera, The Suzanne Roberts Theatre, Philadelphia, 28.9.2019. (RP)

Denis & Katya © Dominic M. Mercier

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Redeemed by love and still in ruins: Zurich revives Hermann’s smart La traviata with excellent singing

02/10/2019

SwitzerlandSwitzerland Verdi, La traviata: Soloists and Chorus of the Opernhaus Zürich / Fabio Luisi (conductor), Opernhaus Zürich, Zurich, 26.9.2019. (CCr)

Kristina Mkhitaryan (Violetta Valéry) (c) Toni Suter

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