Lyric Opera of Chicago pares down a Wagnerian epic for a pandemic drive-through

United StatesUnited States Twilight: Gods, a Drive-Through Adaptation of Wagner’s Götterdämmerung: Soloists, actors and dancers, Members of the Lyric Opera of Chicago Orchestra. Performed at Millennium Lakeside Parking Garage, Chicago and reviewed on 26.4.2021 (running through 2.5.2021). (DP)

avery r. young (narrator) in Twilight: Gods (c) Kyle Flubacker

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A new production of Don Giovanni at Prague’s Estates Theatre offers surprises, charms and thrills

Czech RepublicCzech Republic Mozart, Don Giovanni: Soloists, National Theatre Chorus and Orchestra / Karsten Januschke (conductor). Performed at Národní Divadlo, Estates Theatre, Prague and premiered 24.4.2021 on Czech Television and available for streaming globally until 1.5.2021. (RP)

Pavol Kubáň (Don Giovanni), Jana Sibera (Donna Anna)
and Richard Samek (Don Ottavio) © Jan Pohribný

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San Francisco Opera does Rossini’s Barber live at the drive-in

United StatesUnited States Rossini, The Barber of Seville: Soloists and Orchestra of San Francisco Opera / Roderick Cox (conductor). Marin County Civic Center, San Rafael, California, 23.4.2021. (HS)

Lucas Meachem delivers Figaro’s signature aria
from his War Memorial Opera House ‘dressing room’ (c) Stefan Cohen/SFO

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Vienna’s intense new Parsifal breakouts from the confinement of Kirill Serebrennikov’s new production

AustriaAustria Wagner, Parsifal: Soloists, Nikolay Sidorenko (actor), Chorus and Orchestra of Vienna State Opera / Philippe Jordan (conductor). Filmed (directed by Michael Beyer) at the Vienna State Opera on 11.4.2021 and streamed on ARTE Concert (available until 17.7.2021 click here). (JPr)

Kirill Serebrennikov’s Parsifal Act III (final scene) (c) Michael Pöhn

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Tobias Kratzer’s cinéma verité style Faust for Paris Opera is an unmissable lockdown triumph

FranceFrance Gounod, Faust: Soloists, Chorus and Orchestra of Opéra national de Paris / Lorenzo Viotti (conductor). Recorded (directed by Julien Condemine) at the Opéra Bastille, Paris, and broadcast on 26.3.2021. (JPr)

Tobias Kratzer’s Faust Act III (c) M. Rittershaus/Paris Opera

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Köpplinger’s child-friendly Die Zauberflöte returns opera to Dresden’s Semperoper

GermanyGermany Mozart, Die Zauberflöte: Soloists, Dresden State Opera Chorus, Staatskapelle Dresden / Christoph Gedschold (conductor). Filmed (directed by Tilo Krause) at the Semperoper Dresden on 31.3.2021 and streamed on 5.4.2021. (JPr)

Klaus Florian Vogt (Tamino) and Nikola Hillebrand (Queen of the Night)

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