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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Wintermezzo: Víkingur Ólafsson plays Glass, Bach and Mozart with Edward Gardner’s Bergen Philharmonic

NorwayNorway Glass/Badzura, Bach, Mozart – Víkingur Ólafsson (piano): Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra / Edward Gardner (conductor). Livestream from BergenPhiLive: Wintermezzo (click here), 7.2.2021. (CC)

Víkingur Ólafsson (piano) and Edward Garner (conductor)

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Brahms’s Deutsches Requiem at Zurich Opera: extraordinary times call for extraordinary measures

SwitzerlandSwitzerland Brahms: Lydia Teuscher (soprano), Konstantin Shushakov (baritone), Chorus of Zurich Opera, Members of the Zürcher Singakademie, (chorus master: Ernst Raffelsberger), Philharmonia Zurich / Gianandrea Noseda (conductor). Zurich Opera House, 7.2.2021 livestream from Zurich Opera, live on ARTE TV, available on ARTE Mediathek as video on demand (until 6.8.2021). (JR)

Brahms’s Ein Deutsches Requiem (c) Monika Rittershaus

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Sondra Radvanovsky excels vocally as Imogene in Teatro di San Carlo’s concert performance of Il pirata

ItalyItaly Bellini, Il pirata (concert version): Chorus (chorus director: Gea Garatti Ansini) and Orchestra of Teatro di San Carlo / Antonino Fogliani (conductor). Recorded live at Teatro di San Carlo, Naples, on 16.1.2021 and available as a livestream from 5.2.2021. (JPr)

Teatro di San Carlo’s concert performance of Il pirata

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A short but sweet opener for Salonen’s San Francisco Symphony debut

United StatesUnited States Various: Polina Sedukh (violin), members of San Francisco Symphony / Esa-Pekka Salonen (curator and music director), recorded at Davies Hall, San Francisco, and first streamed 4.2.2021. (HS)

Yun Jie Liu (viola), Esa-Pekka Salonen (conductor), & Barbara Bogatin (cello)

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