Reliving happy Vienna memories of Rudolf Nureyev’s theatrically vital 1964 Swan Lake


AustriaAustria Tchaikovsky, Swan Lake: Dancers of the Vienna State Ballet, Orchestra of the Vienna State Opera / Alexander Ingram (conductor). Recorded at the Vienna State Opera on 16.3.2014 and reviewed on 11.4.2020. (JPr)

Odile (Olga Esina) & Vladimir Shishov (Prince Siegfried) in Swan Lake

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Revisiting the Met’s classic Aida and the vocal glories of Netrebko and Rachvelishvili


United StatesUnited States Verdi, Aida: Soloists, Chorus and Orchestra of Metropolitan Opera, New York / Nicola Luisotti (conductor). Broadcast live from the Metropolitan Opera, New York, on 6.10.2018 and reviewed as a Nightly Met Opera Stream on 7.4.2020. (JPr)

Anna Netrebko (Aida) & Anita Rachvelishvili (Amneris) (c) Marty Sohl/Met Opera

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Remembering Shostakovich’s Lady Macbeth of Mtsensk returning to Moscow


Russian FederationRussian Federation Shostakovich, Lady Macbeth of Mtsensk: Chorus and Orchestra of the Samara State Opera and Ballet Company / Alexander Anisimov (conductor). Stanislavsky Musical Theatre, Moscow, 22.2.2018. (GT)

Samara Opera’s Lady Macbeth of Mtsensk

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Revisiting the Met’s Superb 2010 Don Carlo


United StatesUnited States Verdi, Don Carlo (archived Live in HD encore): Soloists, Chorus and Orchestra of the Metropolitan Opera / Yannick Nézet-Séguin (conductor). Performance of 11.12.2010 and reviewed on 2.4.2020. (RDA)

Marina Poplavskaya (Elisabeth) & Roberto Alagna (Don Carlo) (c) Ken Howard

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Unconventional, inspiring Don Giovanni in Helsinki


FinlandFinland Mozart, Don Giovanni: Finnish National Opera Chorus and Orchestra / Patrick Fournillier (conductor). Finnish National Opera, Helsinki, 6.3.2020. (GF)

Markus Suihkonen (Leporello) & Tuomas Pursio (Don Giovanni) © Stefan Bremer

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Two impressive debuts in Chicago Lyric’s Madama Butterfly reboot


United StatesUnited States Puccini, Madama Butterfly: Soloists, Orchestra, Lyric Opera of Chicago / Henrik Nánási (conductor). Civic Opera House, Chicago. 7.3.2020. (JLZ)

Lyric Opera of Chicago’s Madama Butterfly (c) Andrew Cioffi

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ENO’s new Marriage of Figaro is a real tonic in these uncertain times  


United KingdomUnited Kingdom Mozart, The Marriage of Figaro: Soloists, Chorus and Orchestra of English National Opera / Kevin John Edusei (conductor). London Coliseum, 14.3.2020. (CC)

ENO’s The Marriage of Figaro (c) Marc Brenner

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2Faced Dance Company celebrates its 20th anniversary at The Place


United KingdomUnited Kingdom 2Faced Dance Company’s EVERYTHING [but the girl]: The Place, London, 13.3.2019. (JO’D)

2Faced Dance Company’s 7.0 (c) Benjamin Statham

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