Modena’s refreshing Dido and Aeneas is a real rethinking of the music and the drama from

ItalyItaly Purcell, Dido and Aeneas: Soloists, Coro Lirico di Modena I Madrigalisti Estensi, Ensemble Alraune / Mario Sollazzo (conductor). Live streaming from Teatro Comunale Luciano Pavarotti, Modena, on YouTube (and Opera on Video), 8.11.2020. (CC)

Teatro Comunale Luciano Pavarotti’s Dido and Aeneas

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Anna Pirozzi and Yusif Eyvazov were outstanding in Teatro Massimo’s concert performance of Manon Lescaut

ItalyItaly Puccini, Manon Lescaut (in concert form): Chorus (chorus master: Ciro Visco) and Orchestra of Teatro Massimo / Jader Bignamini (conductor). 21.10.2020 performance live-streamed (directed by Antonio Di Giovanni) from Teatro Massimo, Palermo. (JPr)

Teatro Massimo’s Manon Lescaut

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Roberto Alagna and Aleksandra Kurzak are memorable in Vienna’s Pagliacci on a sad night for the city

AustriaAustria Cavalleria rusticana / Pagliacci: Soloists, Chorus and Orchestra of the Vienna State Opera / Marco Armiliato (conductor). 2.11.2020 performance reviewed as a live stream (directed by Ella Gallieni) on 5.11.2020. (JPr)

Vienna State Opera’s Cavalleria rusticana

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Birmingham Royal Ballet’s life-affirming Lazuli Sky is the highlight of their new mixed bill

United KingdomUnited Kingdom Birmingham Royal Ballet – Lazuli Sky Mixed Bill: Dancers of Birmingham Royal Ballet, Birmingham Royal Ballet Sinfonia / Philip Ellis and Paul Murphy (conductors). A digital broadcast available from 1.11.2020 filmed at Birmingham Repertory Theatre. (JO’D)

Will Tuckett’s Lazuli Sky (c) Johan Persson

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Guildhall School’s Triple Bill is an impressive, if thought-provoking, socially distanced achievement

United KingdomUnited Kingdom Guildhall School of Music and Drama’s Triple Bill: Guildhall School Orchestra / Dominic Wheeler (conductor). Live stream from the GSMD’s Silk Street Theatre and reviewed on 2.11.2020. (JPr)

Zanetto – Ella de Jongh (Silvia) and Jessica Ouston (Zanetto)

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Beating the odds – Pittsburgh Opera’s delightful, pandemic-wise Così fan tutte

United StatesUnited States Mozart, Così fan tutte: Soloists, Pittsburgh Opera Orchestra/Anthony Walker (conductor). Pittsburgh Opera Headquarters, Pittsburgh, 29.10.2020. (RP)

Maire Therese Carmack (Dorabella) and Madeline Ehlinger (Fiordiligi)
© David Bachman Photography

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Geneva’s riveting performance of Janáček’s The Makropoulos Affair with a pre-recorded orchestra

SwitzerlandSwitzerland Janáček, The Makropoulos Affair: Soloists, Orchestre de la Suisse Romande, Chorus of Grand Théatre de Genève (chorus master: Alan Woodbridge) / Tomas Netopil (conductor). Grand Théâtre de Genève, 26.10.2020. (ALL)

Rachel Harnisch (Emilia Marty) © Magali Dougados

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