Geneva’s La Cenerentola proves the perfect antidote to the current health crisis

SwitzerlandSwitzerland Rossini, La Cenerentola: Soloists, Choir of the Grand Théâtre de Genève (Chorus master : Alan Woodbridge), Orchestre de la Suisse Romande / Antonino Fogiani (conductor). Grand Théâtre de Genève, 14.9.2020. (ALL)

Grand Théâtre de Genève’s La Cenerentola (c) Carole Parodi

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In Munich, Marina Abramović showed how when the music stopped for Maria Callas the legend endured

GermanyGermany Marko Nikodijević, 7 Deaths of Maria Callas: Extra Choir of the Bavarian State Opera, Bavarian State Orchestra / Yoel Gamzou (conductor). Performed at National Theatre, Munich, 5.9.2020 and reviewed on ARTE Concert. (JPr)

Marina Abramović in 7 Deaths of Maria Callas (c) Wilfried Hösl

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Patrice Chéreau’s Ring comes full circle and it is Pierre Boulez who is beyond criticism

GermanyGermany Wagner, Götterdämmerung: Soloists, Chorus and Orchestra of the Bayreuth Festival / Pierre Boulez (conductor). Filmed at the Bayreuth Festspielhaus in 1980 and reviewed on DG Stage on 30.8.2020. (JPr)

Patrice Chéreau’s  Götterdämmerung final scene

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Centenary Bayreuth Ring revisited: a prosaic staging is well-acted, though the singing is variable

GermanyGermany Wagner, Siegfried: Soloists, Orchestra of the Bayreuth Festival / Pierre Boulez (conductor). Filmed at the Bayreuth Festspielhaus in 1980 and reviewed on DG Stage on 28.8.2020. (JPr)

Manfred Jung (Siegfried) and Heinz Zednik (Mime)

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Forty years on, Patrice Chéreau’s Bayreuth Die Walküre is just an upstairs, downstairs, costume drama

GermanyGermany Wagner, Die Walküre: Soloists, Orchestra of the Bayreuth Festival / Pierre Boulez (conductor). Filmed at the Bayreuth Festspielhaus in 1980 and reviewed on DG Stage on 26.8.2020. (JPr)

Patrice Chéreau’s Die Walküre final scene

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Das Rheingold begins another look at Patrice Chéreau’s legendary Centenary Ring

GermanyGermany Wagner, Das Rheingold: Soloists, Orchestra of the Bayreuth Festival / Pierre Boulez (conductor). Filmed at the Bayreuth Festspielhaus in 1980 and reviewed on DG Stage on 25.8.2020. (JPr)

Patrice Chéreau’s Bayreuth Das Rheingold

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Kathleen Battle sparkles in a 1988 Il barbiere di Siviglia from the Met

United StatesUnited States Rossini, Il barbiere di Siviglia: Soloists, Chorus and Orchestra of The Metropolitan Opera / Ralf Weikert (conductor). Performance of 3.12.1988 reviewed as a Nightly Met Opera Stream on 22.8.2020. (RP)

Leo Nucci (Figaro) and Kathleen Battle (Rosina)
© Metropolitan Opera

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