A baffling evening of Meyerbeer at the Deutsche Oper Berlin


GermanyGermany Meyerbeer, Les Huguenots: Soloists, Chorus (chorus master: Jeremy Bines), Opera-Ballet, and Orchestra of the Deutsche Oper Berlin / Alexander Vedernikov (conductor). Deutsche Oper, Berlin, 2.2.2020. (MB)

Meyerbeer’s Les Hugenots directed by David Alden at Deutsche Oper Berlin
(c) Bettina Stöss

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An undoubtedly disturbing yet ultimately triumphant Met Porgy and Bess


United StatesUnited States The Gershwins’ Porgy and Bess: Soloists, Chorus and Orchestra of the Metropolitan Opera / David Robertson (conductor). Transmitted live from the Metropolitan Opera, New York, to Cineworld Basildon, Essex, 1.2.2020. (JPr)

The Gershwins’ Porgy and Bess (c) Ken Howard

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Anna Netrebko triumphs in Munich in her debut as Turandot


GermanyGermany Puccini, Turandot: Bayerische Staatsoper Chorus and Orchestra / Giacomo Sagripanti (conductor). National Theater, Munich, 3.2.2020. (JMI)

Anna Netrebko (Turandot) and Selene Zanetti (Liù) (c) W. Hösl

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Excellent singing and acting in Helsinki’s Ariadne auf Naxos


FinlandFinland Richard Strauss, Ariadne auf Naxos: Soloists, Finnish National Opera Orchestra / Hannu Lintu (conductor). Finnish National Opera, Helsinki, 29.1.2020. (GF)

Finnish National Opera’s Ariadne auf Naxos © Stefan Bremer

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Christian Thielemann’s magnificent conducting and a strong cast mark Dresden’s Die Meistersinger


GermanyGermany Wagner, Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg: Staatsopernchor and Staatskapelle Dresden / Christian Thielemann (conductor). Semperoper, Dresden, 30.1.2020. (JMI)

Klaus Florian Vogt (Walther) (c) L. Olah

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Depth, wit and something to chew on in Los Angeles Opera’s new Eurydice


United StatesUnited States Matthew Aucoin, Eurydice: Soloists, Orchestra and Chorus of Los Angeles Opera / Matthew Aucoin (conductor), Dorothy Chandler Pavilion, Los Angeles. 1.2.2020. (HS)

Danielle de Niese as Eurydice, with Kevin Ray, Raehann Bryce-Davis and Stacey Tappan as the Three Stones
(Photo: Cory Weaver, courtesy Los Angeles opera)

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A brilliant reading of Falstaff by Zubin Mehta and the Staatskapelle Berlin


GermanyGermany Verdi, Falstaff: Staatsopernchor, Staatskapelle Berlin / Zubin Mehta (conductor), Staatsoper Unter den Linden, Berlin, 29.1.2020. (JMI)

Staatsoper Berlin’s Falstaff (c) M. Baus

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As Brexit looms, an English work flourishes in a Berlin opera house


GermanyGermany Britten, A Midsummer Night’s Dream: Soloists, Children’s Choir (chorus director: Christian Lindhorst) and Orchestra of the Deutsche Oper Berlin / Donald Runnicles (conductor). Deutsche Oper, Berlin, 29.1.2020. (MB)

Benjamin Britten’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream (directed by Ted Huffman)
at the Deutsche Oper Berlin (c) Bettina Stöß

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