Seong-Jin Cho plays 94 seconds of new Mozart for DG Stage on the composer’s 265th birthday

AustriaAustria Seong-Jin Cho and Rolando Villazón present Mozart World Premiere and lecture recital: Seong-Jin Cho (piano), Rolando Villazón (presenter) in conversation with Ulrich Leisinger. Great Hall of the Salzburg Mozarteum Foundation. Streamed on DG Stage, 27.2.2021. (CC)

Rolando Villazón, Seong-Jin Cho, & Ulrich Leisinger (c) ISM/Wolfgang Lienbacher

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For Verdi’s 200th, Hui He’s Aida lights up Arena di Verona in La Fura dels Baus’s mix of the traditional, modern, and quixotic

ItalyItaly Arena di Verona Opera Festival 2013 – Verdi, Aida: Soloists, Ballet, Chorus and Orchestra of Arena di Verona / Omer Meir Wellber (conductor). Performance of 14.6.2013 and currently available on Marquee TV as a livestream (directed by Andy Sommer). (JPr)

La Fura del Baus’s Aida final scene

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The English Symphony Orchestra’s fine commemoration of International Holocaust Memorial Day

United KingdomUnited Kingdom Inspired by Mahler – Mahler, Weinberg, Schulhoff, Ullmann: April Fredrick (soprano), Zoë Beyers (violin), English Symphony Orchestra / Kenneth Woods (conductor). Wyastone Concert Hall, Monmouth, relayed via the ESO’s YouTube channel, 27.1.2021. (JQ)

English Symphony Orchestra conducted by Kenneth Woods
at Wyastone Concert Hall, Monmouth

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Much memorable singing from Piotr Beczala and Sondra Radvanovsky who are Met Stars Live in Concert in Wuppertal

GermanyGermany Met Stars Live in Concert – Piotr Beczala and Sondra Radvanovsky: Vincenzo Scalera (piano). Livestreamed (directed by Gary Halvorson) from Stadthalle Wuppertal, Germany, 23.1.2021. (JPr)

Sondra Radvanovsky (soprano), Piotr Beczala (tenor), & Vincenzo Scalera (piano)

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Gatti and the BPO were outstanding (in interpretative and musical terms) when contrasting 20th-century Russian works

GermanyGermany Shostakovich, Stravinsky: Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra / Daniele Gatti (conductor). Livestream on the Digital Concert Hall (click here) from the Philharmonie Berlin, 23.1.2021. (GT)

Daniele Gatti

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Goodnight Vienna: Plácido Domingo’s Nabucco is his farewell to Vienna State Opera and there is no one there to see it

AustriaAustria Verdi, Nabucco: Chorus and Orchestra of Vienna State Opera / Marco Armiliato (conductor). Livestreamed (directed by Jakob Pitzer) from Vienna State Opera, 22.1.2021. (JPr)

Vienna State Opera’s Nabucco final scene

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Opera Philadelphia Channel blazes a new path with Soldier Songs

United States David T. Little’s Soldier Songs: Johnathan McCullough (baritone), Opera Philadelphia Orchestra / Corrado Rovaris (conductor). Available on Opera Philadelphia Channel from 22.1. to 31.5.2021. (RP)

Johnathan McCollough in Solder Songs © Dominic Mercier

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Profoundly moving Berg and Schubert with Viennese Gemütlichkeit from Kavakos, Rattle and the LSO

United KingdomUnited Kingdom Berg and Schubert: Leonidas Kavakos (violin), London Symphony Orchestra / Sir Simon Rattle (conductor). Performance from 7.1.2021 at LSO St Luke’s, London, livestreamed (directed by Matt Parkin) on 21.1.2021. (JPr)

Leonidas Kavakos (violin) and Sir Simon Rattle (conductor)

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