Events in two countries cannot completely overshadow the power of United Ukrainian Ballet’s Giselle

United KingdomUnited Kingdom Oliver King, Paul Godfrey & SENF present Giselle, performed by the United Ukrainian Ballet: Dancers, English National Opera Orchestra / Viktor Oliynik (conductor). London Coliseum, London, 13.9.2022. (JO’D)

The Wilis in the United Ukrainian Ballet’s Giselle © Mark Senior

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A fairytale Die Zauberflöte in Salzburg

AustriaAustria Salzburg Festival [6] – Mozart, Die Zauberflöte: Soloists, Concert Association of the Vienna State Opera (chorus director: Jörn Hinnerk Andresen), Angelika-Prokopp-Summer Academy of the Vienna Philharmonic (stage music), Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra / Joana Mallwitz (conductor). Grosses Festspielhaus, Salzburg, 27.8.2022. (MB)

Ilse Eerens (First Lady), Sophie Rennert (Second Lady), Noa Beinart (Third Lady), Wiener Sängerknaben (Three Boys), Mauro Peter (Tamino), Roland Koch (Grandfather), Valérie Junker (Third Priest) © SF/Sandra Then

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Katya Kabanova in Salzburg

AustriaAustria Salzburg Festival [5] – Janáček, Katya Kabanova: Soloists, Concert Association of the Vienna State Opera Chorus (chorus director: Huw Rhys James), Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra / Jakub Hrůša (conductor). Felsenreitschule, Salzburg, 26.8.2022. (MB)

Salzburg Festival’s Katya Kabanova: Corinne Winters (Katěrina/Káťa) © SF/Monika Rittershaus

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Berkshire Opera Festival’s gripping Don Giovanni is updated but authentic

United StatesUnited States Mozart, Don Giovanni: Soloists, Berkshire Festival Opera Chorus & Orchestra / Brian Garman (conductor). Berkshire Festival Opera, Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center, Great Barrington, MA, 23.8.2022. (RP)

Megan Moore (Donna Elvira) and Christian Zaremba (Leporello) © Matt Madison-Clark

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Il trittico is largely a triumph at the Salzburg Festival

AustriaAustria Salzburg Festival [2]: Puccini – Il trittico: Soloists, Dancers, Salzburg Festival and Theatre Children’s Choir (chorus director: Wolfgang Götz), Concert Association of the Vienna State Opera Chorus (chorus director: Jörn Hinnerk Andresen), Angelika-Prokopp-Summer Academy of the Vienna Philharmonic (stage music), Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra / Franz Welser-Möst (conductor). Grosses Festspielhaus, Salzburg, 21.8.2022. (MB)

Gianni Schicchi: Alexey Neklyudov (Rinuccio), Manel Esteve Madrid (Betto di Signa), Caterina Piva (La Ciesca), Iurii Samoilov (Marco), Enkelejda Shkosa (Zita), Lavinia Bini (Nella), Scott Wilde (Simone) © SF/Monika Rittershaus

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