Götterdämmerung proves an inconclusive end to Valentin Schwarz’s new Bayreuth Ring cycle

GermanyGermany Bayreuth Festival 2022 – Wagner, Götterdämmerung: Soloists, Chorus and Orchestra of the Bayreuth Festival / Cornelius Meister (conductor). Recorded (directed by Michael Beyer) at the Bayreuther Festspielhaus on 5.8.2022 and now available on STAGE+ until 14.11.2047. (JPr)

Michael Kupfer-Radecky (Gunther) with the chorus (Vassals) © Enrico Nawrath

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Garsington Opera bring their strong Rusalka production to Edinburgh

United KingdomUnited Kingdom Edinburgh International Festival 2022 [2] – Dvořák, RusalkaSoloists, Garsington Opera Chorus, Philharmonia Orchestra / Douglas Boyd (conductor). Edinburgh Festival Theatre, 8.8.2022. (SRT)

Natalya Romaniw (Rusalka) and Christine Rice (Ježibaba) © Andrew Perry

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A lurid tale told deftly in M. Butterfly, a new opera from Huang Ruo based on David Henry Hwang’s play

United StatesUnited States Santa Fe Opera 2022 [2] – Huang Ruo, M. Butterfly: Soloists, Chorus and Orchestra of Santa Fe Opera / Carolyn Kuan (conductor). The Crosby Theater, Santa Fe, 3.8.2022. (HS)

Song Liling (Kangmin Justin Kim) and René Gallimard (Mark Stone) © Curtis Brown/Santa Fe Opera

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Longborough Festival Opera’s investment in Emerging Artists pays dividends

United KingdomUnited Kingdom Longborough Festival Opera 2022 [4] – Emerging Artist Double Bill, Waley-Cohen, Spell Book; Francesca Caccini, La liberazione di Ruggiero dall’Isola d’AlcinaSoloists, CHROMA Ensemble / Yshani Perinpanayagam (conductor). Longborough, Gloucestershire, 31.7.2022. (CP)

Spell Book © Matthew Williams-Ellis

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