Carlo Rizzi’s conducting and WNO’s chorus make Les vêpres siciliennes a worthwhile experience


United KingdomUnited Kingdom Verdi, Les vêpres siciliennes: Soloists, Chorus and Orchestra of Welsh National Opera / Carlo Rizzi (conductor). Theatre Cymru, Llandudno, 7.3.2020. (RJF)

WNO’s Les vêpres siciliennes (c) Johan Persson

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LA Opera’s Roberto Devereux features superb singing and their outstanding orchestra


United StatesUnited States Donizetti, Roberto Devereux: LA Opera Chorus and Orchestra / Eun Sun Kim (conductor. Dorothy Chandler Pavilion, Los Angeles, 5.3.2020. (DD)

Donizetti’s Roberto Devereux (c) Cory Weaver

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Juan Diego Flórez shines in La bohème revival at Zurich Opera


SwitzerlandSwitzerland Puccini, La bohème: Soloists, Chorus of the Zurich Opera, Philharmonia Zurich / Marco Armiliato (conductor). Zurich Opera, Zurich, 8.3.2020. (JR)

Juan Diego Flórez (Rodolfo) and Ruzan Mantashyan (Mimì) (c) Toni Suter

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In Berlin, the Staatsoper presents a Carmen to make one think


GermanyGermany Bizet, Carmen: Soloists, Children’s Choir of the Staatsoper Unter den Linden (chorus director: Vincenz Weissenburger), Staatsopernchor Berlin (chorus director: Martin Wright), Staatskapelle Berlin / Daniel Barenboim (conductor). Staatsoper Unter den Linden, Berlin, 7.3.2020. (MB)

Anita Rachvelishvili (Carmen) (c) Monika Rittershaus

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Handel’s Susanna returns to Covent Garden after 271 years in an enjoyable staging


United KingdomUnited Kingdom Handel, Susanna, HWV 66: Soloists, members of the Royal Opera Chorus, London Handel Orchestra / Patrick Milne (conductor). Linbury Theatre, Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, 5.3.2020. (CC)

Handel’s Susanna © Stephen Cummiskey

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Handel meets House of Cards? A compelling Agrippina from the Met


United StatesUnited States Handel, Agrippina: Soloists, Chorus and Orchestra of the Metropolitan Opera, New York / Harry Bicket (conductor).  Broadcast live from the Metropolitan Opera, New York to Dundonald Omniplex Cinema, Belfast,  29.2.2020. (RB)

Handel’s Agrippina (c) Marty Sohl/Met Opera

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Strong soloists, chorus, and orchestra are the pluses of Scottish Opera’s Nixon in China


United KingdomUnited Kingdom Adams, Nixon in China: Soloists, Chorus and Orchestra of Scottish Opera / Joana Carneiro (conductor). Edinburgh Festival Theatre, 29.2.2020. (SRT)

Hye-Youn Lee (Madame Mao Tse-tung) & Julia Sporsén (Pat Nixon) in Nixon in China
(c) James Glossop

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An operatic take on The Halloween Tree delights at InsightALT 2020


United StatesUnited States Theo Popov, The Halloween Tree (concert version): Soloists, American Lyric Theater Chamber Orchestra, MasterVoices / Geoffrey McDonald (conductor). American Lyric Theater, Ailey Citigroup Theater, New York, 23.2.2020. (RP)

The Halloween Tree (c) American Lyric Theater

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