John Holiday premieres Tyshawn Sorey’s Save the Boys for Opera Philadelphia

United StatesUnited States Tyshawn Sorey, Save the Boys: John Holiday (countertenor), Grant Loehnig (piano). Opera Philadelphia, Rittenhouse Soundworks, Philadelphia. Available on Opera Philadelphia Channel through 31.5.2021. (RP)

Countertenor John Holiday in Save the Boys

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Lawrence Cummings inextricably links music and dance in his mouthwatering concert with the Academy of Ancient Music

United KingdomUnited Kingdom Georg Muffat, J. S. Bach, Telemann, Handel, AAM LIVE 2021 Suonare è danzare: Academy of Ancient Music / Lawrence Cummings (director/harpsichord); Bojan Čičíć (violin). Performed at West Road Concert Hall, Cambridge, and livestreamed (click here) on 12.2.2021. (CC)

Lawrence Cummings (dir/harpischord) and the Academy of Ancient Music 

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Bonus delights from Cleveland and London

United StatesUnited States In Focus / Bonus Episode 1: Sonata and Serenade: Mitsuko Uchida (piano), Strings of the Cleveland Orchestra / Franz Welser-Möst (conductor). Wigmore Hall, London (January 2021); Severance Hall, Cleveland, Ohio (November 2020, reviewed as a video stream). (MSJ)

Mitsuko Uchida (c) Geoffrey Schied

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This magnificently polished musical Das Rheingold is a striking success for Anthony Negus and Melbourne Opera

AustraliaAustralia Wagner, Das Rheingold: Soloists, Melbourne Opera Orchestra / Anthony Negus (conductor). Livestream from the Regent Theatre, Melbourne, 7.2.2021. (JPr)

Melbourne Opera’s Das Rheingold closing scene (c) Robin Halls

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From Venice to a Philadelphia screen: a magical evocation of nature and humankind

United StatesUnited States Vivaldi, Le quattro stagioni (The Four Seasons): Gil Shaham (conductor and violinist), Philadelphia Orchestra, recorded at Verizon Hall in the Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts, Philadelphia, in November 2020, and reviewed from a 6.2.2021 WHYY TV broadcast. (BJ)

Gill Shaham (c) Jeff Fusco

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Anna Netrebko’s vocal opulence matches her surroundings in a disappointing ‘Day and Night’ Met recital

AustriaAustria Met Stars Live in Concert – Anna Netrebko (soprano) with Pavel Nebolsin (piano): Elena Maximova (mezzo-soprano). Livestreamed (directed by Gary Halvorson) from the Spanish Riding School, Vienna, 6.2.2021. (JPr)

Anna Netrebko (soprano) & Pavel Nebolsin (piano) in the Spanish Riding School
© Jürgen Hausmann

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SF Opera allows a reappraisal of Daniel Slater’s convincing 2012 Lohengrin with Brandon Jovanovich, Camilla Nylund and Petra Lang

United StatesUnited States Wagner, Lohengrin: Soloists, Chorus and Orchestra of San Francisco Opera / Nicola Luisotti (conductor). 2012 performance at the War Memorial Opera House, San Francisco, streamed over the weekend 6-7.2.2021. (JPr)

San Francisco Opera’s Lohengrin (c) Cory Weaver

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