William Kentridge’s Met Wozzeck pits Berg’s timeless characters against a backdrop of the First World War

United StatesUnited States Berg, Wozzeck: Soloists, Chorus and Orchestra of the Metropolitan Opera / Yannick Nézet-Séguin (conductor). Broadcast live from the Metropolitan Opera, New York, to Cineworld Basildon, Essex, 11.1.2020. (JPr)

Peter Mattei (Wozzeck) and Elza van den Heever (Marie)
(c) Ken Howard/Met Opera

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David Lang’s contemporary re-take on Fidelio fails to convince at the Barbican

United KingdomUnited Kingdom David Lang, prisoner of the state (European premiere): Soloists, BBC Singers, Students from the Guildhall School of Music & Drama, BBC Symphony Orchestra / Ilan Volkov (conductor). Barbican Hall, London, 11.1.2020. (CC)

Jarrett Ott (The Prisoner), Alan Oke (The Governor) Julie Mathevet (The Assistant)
(c) BBC/Mark Allan

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Men take centre stage in English National Ballet’s Le Corsaire

United KingdomUnited Kingdom English National Ballet’s Le Corsaire: Dancers of English National Ballet, English National Ballet Philharmonic / Gavin Sutherland (conductor). London Coliseum, 8.1.2020. (JO’D)

Erina Takahashi (Medora), Francesco Gabriele Frola (Conrad), and Jeffrey Cirio (Ali)
(c) Laurent Liotardo

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A memorable account of Der Rosenkavalier at the Met

United StatesUnited States R. Strauss, Der Rosenkavalier: Soloists, Metropolitan Opera Ballet, Metropolitan Opera Chorus (chorus master: Donald Palumbo), Metropolitan Opera Orchestra / Sir Simon Rattle (conductor). Metropolitan Opera House, New York, 23.12.2019. (JQ)

Camilla Nylund (Marschallin) and Magdalena Kožená (Octavian)
(c) Karen Almond/Met Opera

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