Debussy’s unfinished opera takes Annelies Van Parys down a fruitful Berlin path

GermanyGermany Van Parys/Debussy, Usher: Soloists, Members of the Staatskapelle Berlin and its Orchestral Academy / Marit Strindlund (conductor). Alter Orchesterprobensaal, Staatsoper Unter den Linden, Berlin, 18.1.2020. (MB)

(c) Martin Argyroglo

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Royal Opera’s revival of La bohème sees Puccini emerge triumphant at Covent Garden

United KingdomUnited Kingdom Puccini, La bohème: Soloists, Tiffin Boys’ Choir and Children’s Chorus, Chorus and Orchestra of the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden / Emmanuel Villaume (conductor). Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, London. 21.1.2020. (CC)

Charles Castronovo (Rodolfo) & Sonya Yoncheva (Mimì) © Tristram Kenton

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Compelling performance of Jenůfa shows the Deutsche Oper Berlin close to its very best

GermanyGermany Janáček, Jenůfa: Soloists, Chorus (chorus master: Jeremy Bines) and Orchestra of the Deutsche Oper Berlin / Donald Runnicles (conductor). Deutsche Oper Berlin, 17.1.2020. (MB)

Deutsche Oper Berlin’s Jenůfa © Bettina Stöß

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English National Ballet celebrates its seventy years in grand style

United KingdomUnited Kingdom English National Ballet’s 70th Anniversary Gala Celebration: Dancers of English National Ballet, English National Ballet School and ENBYouthCo, English National Ballet Philharmonic / Gavin Sutherland (conductor). London Coliseum, 17.1.2020 (JPr)

Fernanda Oliveira and Junor Souza in Three Preludes (c) Laurent Liotardo

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Shchedrin’s Lolita in Prague: despicable and brutal, and turgid

Czech RepublicCzech Republic Shchedrin, Lolita: Soloists, Orchestra and Chorus of the Prague State Opera, Kühn’s Children’s Choir / Sergey Neller (conductor). Estates Theater Prague, 8.1.2020. (SS)

Prague State Opera’s Lolita (c) Patrik Borecký

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The Royal Ballet’s The Sleeping Beauty sees the whole company dancing with impressive dynamism

United KingdomUnited Kingdom Tchaikovsky, The Sleeping Beauty: Dancers of the Royal Ballet, Royal Opera House Orchestra / Simon Hewett (conductor). Directed for the screen by Ross MacGibbon and broadcast live (introduced by Dame Darcey Bussell and Anita Rani) from the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, to Cineworld Basildon, Essex. 16.1.2020. (JPr)

Fumi Kaneko (Princess Aurora) (c) Helen Maybanks

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Silesian Theater Opava’s Freudian Der Freischütz at the Opera 2020 Festival in Prague

Czech RepublicCzech Republic Weber, Der Freischütz: Soloists, Orchestra and Chorus of the Silesian Theater Opava / Vojtěch Spurný (conductor). Estates Theater Prague, 7.1.2020. (SS)

Weber’s Der Freischütz (c) Tomáš Ruta

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