A New Dark Age from three female composers is the Royal Opera’s requiem for the world we have lost in 2020

United KingdomUnited Kingdom New Dark Age The Knife of Dawn and A New Dark Age: Soloists, Orchestra of the Royal Opera House / Jonathon Heywood (conductor, The Knife of Dawn), Natalie Murray Beale (conductor, A New Dark Age). Live-streamed from the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, 24.10.2020 (JPr)

A New Dark Age (c) Tristram Kenton

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Garsington Opera show how the themes in Fidelio resonate in 2020 now our freedoms are severely restricted

United KingdomUnited Kingdom Garsington Opera’s Fidelio: Soloists, Garsington Opera Chorus, Members of the Phiharmonia / Douglas Boyd (conductor). September 2020 performance filmed (directed by Sonia Lovett) in the Garsington Opera Pavilion, Wormsley, and reviewed when streamed on OperaVision, 23.10.2020. (JPr)

Garsington Opera’s Fidelio on OperaVision

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A Feast in the Time of Plague may not be the vaccine we hunger for, but is still a considerable achievement

United KingdomUnited Kingdom Grange Park Opera’s A Feast in the Time of Plague: Soloists, Alex Woolf (piano) / Toby Purser (conductor). Recorded 12-13.9.2020 and review on YouTube. (JPr)

Susan Bullock (Claire) in A Feast in the Time of Plague

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In driving rain ENO’s drive-in Ally Pally La bohème turns out to be as deeply moving as ever

United KingdomUnited Kingdom English National Opera’s ‘Drive & Live’ La bohème: Soloists, Chorus and Orchestra of English National Opera / Martyn Brabbins (conductor). Alexandra Palace, London, 23.9.2020. (JPr)

ENO ‘Drive & Live’: La bohème – Natalya Romaniw (Mimì) © Lloyd Winters

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Royal Opera: Live in Concert was a Covid-secure evening of world-class singing and music-making

United KingdomUnited Kingdom Royal Opera: Live in Concert #OurHouseToYourHouse: Kristīne Opolais, Lisette Oropesa (sopranos), Aigul Akhmetshina (mezzo-soprano), Charles Castronovo, Filipe Manu (tenors), Vito Priante (baritone), Gerald Finley (bass-baritone), Jeremy White (bass), Chorus and Orchestra of the Royal Opera House / Sir Antonio Pappano (conductor). Streamed live from the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, 4.9.2020. (JPr)

Kristīne Opolais and Gerald Finley in rehearsal for their Tosca duet

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