John Adams’ Antony and Cleopatra delivers a punch in its world premiere at San Francisco Opera

United StatesUnited States John Adams, Antony and Cleopatra: Soloists, chorus and orchestra of San Francisco Opera / Eun Sun Kim (conductor). War Memorial Opera House, San Francisco, 15.9.2022. (HS)

(Opening of Act II) Antony (Gerald Finley) brooding after his and Cleopatra’s loss in battle © Corey Weaver

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Bieito’s Carmen gets memorable performances in Vienna from Garanča and Beczała

AustriaAustria Bizet, CarmenSoloists, Children of the Opera School, Chorus and Orchestra of Vienna State Opera / Yves Abel (conductor). Performed at the Vienna State Opera and livestreamed (directed by Jasmina Eleta) on 12.9.2022. (JPr)

Elīna Garanča (centre, Carmen) and Piotr Beczała (right, Don José) © Wiener Staatsoper

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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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