Visually demanding and musically convincing Die Walküre in Saarbrücken

GermanyGermany Wagner, Die Walküre: Soloists, Chorus of Saarländisches Staatstheater. Saarländisches Staatsorchester / Stefan Neubert (conductor). Saarländisches Staatstheater, Saarbrücken, 29.6.2024. (DMD)

Aile Asszonyi (centre front, Brünnhilde) and Thomas Johannes Mayer (right, Wotan) © Martin Kaufhold

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A delightful performance of The Fairy Queen by the Armonico Consort and Players in Thaxted

United KingdomUnited Kingdom Thaxted Festival 2024 [3] – Purcell, The Fairy Queen, Z 629: Oz Clarke (narrator), Eloise Irving, Hannah Fraser Mackenzie, Laura Moretto (sopranos), William Towers (alto), Matthew Pochin (tenor), Robert Davies (bass), Armonico Consort & Baroque Players / Christopher Monks (harpsichord / director). Thaxted Parish Church, 6.7.2024. (CC)

Purcell’s The Fairy Queen at the Thaxted Festival 2024

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Livermore’s new Turandot is in an opium haze at Milan’s La Scala as Netrebko and Eyvazov are victorious

ItalyItaly Puccini, Turandot: Soloists, Chorus and Orchestra of La Scala, Milan / Michele Gamba (conductor). Broadcast live (directed by Anna Gettel) from La Scala, Milan, 4.7.2024. (JPr)

Davide Livermore’s production of Turandot Act I © Teatro alla Scala / Brescia e Amisano

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Vienna State Opera’s Nureyev Gala rekindles memories of the legendary dancer and choreographer

AustriaAustria Vienna State Opera’s Nureyev Gala: Dancers of Vienna State Ballet and guests, Orchestra of Vienna State Opera / Wolfgang Heinz (conductor). Broadcast live (directed by Balázs Delbó) from the Vienna State Opera, 29.6.2024. (JPr)

Harald Lander’s Études (Alexey Popov, Kiyoka Hashimoto and Davide Dato) © Ashley Taylor/Vienna State Ballet

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Edgar, Opera Holland Park’s recent Puccini excavation, is a revelation

United KingdomUnited Kingdom Puccini, Edgar (1905 version, semi-staged, orchestral reduction Toby Burke): Soloists, Children from Pimlico Musical Foundation and Tiffin School, Opera Holland Park Chorus, City of London Sinfonia / Naomi Woo (conductor). Opera Holland Park, London, 2.7.2024. (CC)

Gweneth Ann Rand as Tigrana and the OHP Chorus in OHP’s Edgar © Ali Wright

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