Sebastian Catana triumphs as Verdi’s Falstaff for Berkshire Opera Festival

United StatesUnited States Berkshire Opera Festival – Verdi, Falstaff: Soloists, Berkshire Opera Festival Chorus and Orchestra / Brian Garman (conductor). Berkshire Opera Festival, Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center, Great Barrington, Massachusetts, 21.8.2021. (RP)

Sebastian Catana (Falstaff, centre front) © Ken Howard

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The Dunedin Consort in Errollyn Wallen’s original and highly effective take on Dido and Aeneas  

United KingdomUnited Kingdom Edinburgh International Festival 2021 [11] – Errollyn Wallen, Dido’s Ghost (concert staging): Dunedin Consort / John Butt (conductor). Edinburgh Academy Junior School, 21.8.2021. (SRT)

Golda Schultz (Dido/Anna) and Matthew Brook (Aeneas) © Ryan Buchanan

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Glyndebourne’s semi-staging of Wagner’s magnificent Tristan und Isolde worked beautifully

United KingdomUnited Kingdom Glyndebourne Festival Opera 2021 [2] – Wagner, Tristan und Isolde (semi-staged): Soloists, Glyndebourne Chorus, London Philharmonic Orchestra / Robin Ticciati (conductor). Glyndebourne Opera House, Lewes, East Sussex, 17.8.2021. (CC)

Simon O’Neill (Tristan) (c) Bill Cooper

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Operatic fireworks from Waterperry Opera Festival’s brilliant The Elixir of Love

United KingdomUnited Kingdom Waterperry Opera Festival 2021 – Donizetti, The Elixir of Love (L’elisir d’amore): Soloists, Chorus and Orchestra of Waterperry Opera Festival / Bertie Baigent (conductor). Waterperry Garden, Oxfordshire, 14.8.2021. (JPr)

Thando Mjandana (Nemorino) and Alison Langer (Adina) (c) Marc Brenner

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At Glimmerglass, Denyce Graves summons the passion of an American opera visionary

United StatesUnited States The Glimmerglass Festival 2021 – Sandra Seaton, The Passion of Mary Cardwell Dawson: Soloists, Kevin Miller (music director and pianist). Glimmerglass Festival, Cooperstown, New York, 9.8.2021. (RP)

Denyce Graves (Mary Cardwell Dawson) © Karli Cadel/Glimmerglass Festival

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