Cathy Marston’s The Cellist brings Jacqueline du Pré – and her cello – back to life at Covent Garden


United KingdomUnited Kingdom Dances at a Gathering / The Cellist: Dancers of The Royal Ballet, Robert Clark (piano), Hetty Snell (cello), Orchestra of the Royal Opera House / Andrea Molino (conductor – The Cellist). Directed for the screen by Ross MacGibbon and broadcast live from the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, to Cineworld Basildon, Essex, 25.2.2020. (JPr)

Marcelino Sambe, Matthew Ball and Lauren Cuthbertson in The Cellist
© Bill Cooper

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Alina Cojocaru’s Sadler’s Wells potpourri redeemed by her stellar dancing


United KingdomUnited Kingdom Alina Cojocaru – Alina at Sadler’s Wells: Alina Cojocaru, dancers and musicians (Margarita Balanas [cello], Sasha Grynyuk [piano], and Charlie Siem [violin]). Sadler’s Wells, London, 20.2.2020. (JPr)

Alina Cojocaru in Juliano Nunes’s Journey (c) Andrej Uspenski

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Staatsoper Berlin’s serious confrontation with the serious drama of Cherubini’s Médée


GermanyGermany Cherubini, Médée: Soloists, Staatsopernchor Berlin (chorus director: Martin Wright), Staatskapelle Berlin / Oksana Lyniv (conductor). Staatsoper Unter den Linden, 21.2.2020. (MB)

Cherubini’s Médée (c) Bernd Uhlig

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An elegant and satisfying La clemenza di Tito in Barcelona


SpainSpain Mozart, La clemenza di Tito: Liceu Chorus and Orchestra / Philippe Auguin (conductor). Gran Theatre del Liceu, Barcelona, 19 & 20.2.2020. (JMI)

Mozart’s La clemenza di Tito (c) A. Bofill

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ENO’s wonderful singers compensate for a disordered modern dress Luisa Miller


United KingdomUnited Kingdom Verdi, Luisa Miller: Soloists, Chorus and Orchestra of English National Opera / Alexander Joel (conductor). London Coliseum, 19.2.2020 (JPr)

Elizabeth Llewellyn (Luisa) and Soloman Howard (Wurm) (c) Tristram Kenton

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A Stunning The Queen of Spades in Chicago


United StatesUnited States Tchaikovsky, The Queen of Spades: Soloists, Chorus and Orchestra of Lyric Opera of Chicago / Sir Andrew Davis (conductor). Civic Opera House, Chicago. 15.2.2020. (JLZ)

Sondra Radvanovsky & Brandon Jovanovich in The Queen of Spades (c) Cory Weaver

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Good singing cannot redeem the Deutsche Oper’s incoherent Die Entführung aus dem Serail


GermanyGermany Mozart, Die Entführung aus dem SerailSoloists, Chorus (chorus director: Jeremy Bines) and Orchestra of the Deutsche Oper, Berlin / Nicholas Milton (conductor). Deutsche Oper, Berlin, 18.2.2020. (MB)

Deutsche Oper Berlin’s Die Entführung aus dem Serail (c) Thomas Aurin

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Visually and aurally stunning Wozzeck at Zurich Opera


SwitzerlandSwitzerland Berg, Wozzeck: Soloists, Chorus of the Zurich Opera, Philharmonia Zurich / Hartmut Haenchen (conductor). Zurich Opera, Zurich, 18.2.2020. (JR)

Christian Gerhaher (Wozzeck) & Gun-Brit Barkmin (Marie) (c) Monika Rittershaus

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