ENB’s Emerging Dancer: A Celebration spotlights new talent but was a missed opportunity

United KingdomUnited Kingdom English National Ballet’s Emerging Dancer: A Celebration: Dancers of English National Ballet, English National Ballet Philharmonic / Gavin Sutherland (conductor). Filmed in the Holloway Production Studio at the ENB’s Mulryan Centre for Dance, London, and streamed from 9.9.2020. (JPr)

Alison McWhinney and Junor Souza in No Man’s Land

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Viennese charm, wit and waltzes enchant in the Volksoper’s The Merry Widow

AustriaAustria Lehár, The Merry Widow (Die lustige Witwe): Soloists, Dancers of Vienna State Ballet, Chorus and Orchestra of the Volksoper Wien / Alfred Eschwé (conductor). Volksoper Wien, Vienna, 3.9.2021. (RP)

Volksoper’s Die lustige Witwe (previous performances) © Volksoper Wien

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Gothenburg’s new Barber is a love letter to the magic of live performance

SwedenSweden Rossini, Il barbiere di Siviglia: Soloists of Gothenburg Opera, Gothenburg Opera male chorus, Gothenburg Opera Orchestra / Ville Matvejeff (fortepiano/conductor). Gothenburg Opera main stage, 5.9.2021. (NS)

(left to right) Berta (Mia Karlsson), Rosina (Ann-Kristin Jones) and Figaro (Hannes Öberg) (c) Lennart Sjöberg

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The Bartered Bride at Prague’s National Theatre is a sheer delight

Czech RepublicCzech Republic Smetana, The Bartered Bride (Prodaná nevěsta): Soloists, National Theatre Opera Ballet, Members of the Continuo Theatre, Dancers and Members of the Prague Philharmonic Children’s Choir, National Theatre Chorus and Orchestra / David Švec (conductor). National Theatre, Prague, 1.9.2021. (RP)

National Theatre’s The Bartered Bride (previous performances) © Hana Smejkalová

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Komische Oper’s new Œdipe in Berlin is a major achievement

GermanyGermany Enescu, Œdipe: Soloists, Choir of the Komische Oper Berlin, Vocalconsort Berlin (chorus director: David Cavelius), Children’s Choir of the Komische Oper Berlin (chorus director: Dagmar Fiebach), Orchestra of the Komische Oper Berlin, Ainārs Rubikis (conductor). Komische Oper, Berlin, 29.8.2021. (MB)

Enescu’s Œdipe at Berlin’s Komische Oper (c) Monika Rittershaus

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Warlikowski’s landmark Elektra at the Salzburg Festival returns to celebrate its 100+1 anniversary  

AustriaAustria Salzburg Festival 2021 [2] – Strauss, Elektra: Soloists, Concert Association of the Vienna State Opera Chorus, Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra / Franz Welser-Möst (conductor), Felsenreitschule, Salzburg, 28.8.2021 (ALL)

Salzburg Festival’s Elektra: Ausrine Stundyte (Elektra, bottom right) © Bernd Uhlig

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