John Nelson offers a message of hope with The English Concert’s Messiah at Coventry Cathedral

United KingdomUnited Kingdom Handel, Messiah, HWV 56 (1741): Lucy Crowe (soprano), Alex Potter (countertenor), Michael Spyres (tenor), Matthew Brook (bass), Choir of The English Concert, The English Concert / John Nelson (conductor). Coventry Cathedral, 24.11.2022. Reviewed from recording streamed on medici.tv.

Alex Potter (countertenor) and John Nelson (conductor) © Jamie Gray

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Thielemann’s Siegfried is beautifully crafted as Tcherniakov explores the loss of childhood innocence

GermanyGermany Wagner, Siegfried: Soloists, Staatskapelle Berlin / Christian Thielemann (conductor). Filmed (directed by Andy Sommer) on 6.11.2022 at Staatsoper Unter den Linden but available until 17.2.2023 on ARTE Concert. (JPr)

Andreas Schager (Siegfried) and Anja Kampe (Brünnhilde) © Monika Rittershaus

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Michael Volle’s Wotan dominates the diminishing returns of Dmitri Tcherniakov’s Berlin Die Walküre

GermanyGermany Wagner, Die Walküre: Soloists, Staatskapelle Berlin / Christian Thielemann (conductor). Filmed (directed by Andy Sommer) on 3.10.2022 at Staatsoper Unter den Linden but available until 17.2.2023 on ARTE Concert. (JPr)

Michael Volle (Wotan) and Anja Kampe (Brünnhilde) © Monika Rittershaus

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In Munich, Christopher Wheeldon’s Cinderella continues to confuse as much as it delights

GermanyGermany Prokofiev, Cinderella: Dancers of Bayerisches Staatsballett, Bayerisches Staatsorchester / Gavin Sutherland (conductor). Nationaltheater, Munich, 13.11.2022. (JPr)

Christopher Wheeldon’s Cinderella (opening of Act III)

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The Royal Ballet’s A Diamond Celebration honours the Friends of the Royal Opera House

United KingdomUnited Kingdom The Royal Ballet’s A Diamond Celebration marking 60 years of the Friends of the Royal Opera House: Dancers of the Royal Ballet, Orchestra of the Royal Opera House / Koen Kessels (conductor). Broadcast live (directed by Ross MacGibbon) from the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, to Cineworld Basildon, Essex, 16.11.2022. (JPr)

Steven McRae and Natalia Osipova in concert pour deux © Andrej Uspenski

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Sven-Eric Bechtolf’s Cardillac in Vienna is influenced by German Expressionist cinema

AustriaAustria Hindemith, Cardillac: Soloists, Chorus and Orchestra of Vienna State Opera / Cornelius Meister (conductor). Livestreamed (directed by Jasmina Eleta) from Vienna State Opera, 13.11.2022. (JPr)

Thomas Konieczny as Cardillac

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The Dallas Opera’s bewitching storybook Hansel and Gretel

United StatesUnited States Humperdinck, Hansel and Gretel: Soloists, Children’s Chorus of the Greater Dallas Choral Society, The Dallas Opera Orchestra / Emmanuel Villaume (conductor). Livestreamed (directed by Tim Kelly) from the Margot and Bill Winspear Opera House, Dallas, 5.11.2022. (JPr)

Elena Villalón (Gretel), Patricia Racette (Witch) and Kangmin Justin Kim (Hansel) © Lynn Lane

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Nadine Sierra’s Violetta in the Met’s La traviata is as remarkable as her recent Lucia

United StatesUnited States The Met: Live in HD – Verdi, La traviata: Soloists, Chorus and Orchestra of the Metropolitan Opera, New York / Daniele Callegari (conductor). Broadcast live to Cineworld Basildon, Essex, 5.11.2022. (JPr)

The opening of Michael Mayer’s La traviata © Marty Sohl/Met Opera

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