Seattle Opera’s new film of Tosca succeeds with a strong cast and iconic cathedral location

United StatesUnited States Puccini, Tosca: Soloists and Chorus of the Seattle Opera, Seattle Symphony / Kazem Abdullah (conductor), Seattle. Subscriber access 4-27.6.2021, and streaming 25-27.6.2021. (ZC)

Alexandra LoBianco (Tosca) & Michael Chioldi (Scarpia) (c) Philip Newton

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John Wilson and OperaGlass Works turn the Britten screw for telly

United KingdomUnited Kingdom Britten, The Turn of the Screw: Libretto by Myfanwy Piper from a story by Henry James. An OperaGlass Works production. Directors – Dominic Best, Selina Cadell and Eliza Thompson. Set designer – Tom Piper and Director of Photography – Jim Ashcroft. Sinfonia of London / John Wilson (conductor). Orchestra recorded at Cadogan Hall, London and filmed at an empty Wilton’s Music Hall, London. Shown on BBC FOUR, 6.6.2021 and available on BBC iPlayer until 6.7.2021. (JB)   

Robert Murray (Peter Quint) © Laurie Sparham

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17th Khachaturian International Competition, 2021 – young conductors vie for the prizes in Armenia

ArmeniaArmenia 17th Khachaturian International Competition, 2021 [I] – Opening Concert: Jonathan Swensen (cello), Armenian State Symphony Orchestra / Jun Sung-Park and Sergey Smbatyan (conductors). Aram Khachaturian Concert Hall, Yerevan, 6.6.2021. (CC)

Armenian State Symphony Orchestra in Yerevan’s Aram Khachaturian Concert Hall

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Dame Darcey Bussell gathers 65 dancers all in a good cause at the Royal Albert Hall

United KingdomUnited Kingdom British Ballet Charity Gala: Dame Darcey Bussell and Ore Oduba (presenters), Dancers of Ballet Black, Birmingham Royal Ballet, English National Ballet, New Adventures, Northern Ballet, Rambert, Scottish Ballet, The Royal Ballet, Royal Ballet Sinfonia / Paul Murphy (conductor). Filmed (directed by Michael Nunn and William Trevitt) at the Royal Albert Hall, London, 3.6.2021 and streaming widely from 18.6.2021. (JPr)

Scottish Ballet’s Dextera

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‘A Spiritual Solstice’ was Alice Coote’s thought-provoking opening to the Tenth Leeds Lieder Festival

United KingdomUnited Kingdom Tenth Leeds Lieder Festival – A Spiritual Solstice: Alice Coote (mezzo-soprano) and Christian Blackshaw (piano). Livestreamed (by Apple and Biscuit Recordings) from Victoria Hall, Leeds Town Hall, 17.6.2021. (JPr)

Alice Coote (mezzo-soprano) & Christian Blackshaw (piano) in Leeds Town Hall

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Blomstedt closes the Berlin Philharmonic’s season with an especially glorious Brahms Third Symphony

GermanyGermany Brahms, Sibelius: Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra / Herbert Blomstedt (conductor). Livestreamed on the Berliner Philharmoniker Digital Concert Hall (click here) from the Berlin Philharmonie, 12.6.2021. (GT)

Herbert Blomsedt conducts the BPO (c) Monika Rittershaus

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