Social distancing is no bar to an excellent La bohème from Irish National Opera

IrelandIreland Puccini, La bohème: Soloists, Chorus and Orchestra of Irish National Opera / Sergio Alapont (conductor). Livestreamed from the Bord Gáis Energy Theatre, Dublin, 13.3.2021. (RB)

Merūnas Vitulskis (Rodolfo) and Celine Byrne (Mimì) (c) Ros Kavanagh

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A showcase of Turlough O’Carolan from Apollo’s Fire in Cleveland

United StatesUnited States Various composers, Apollo’s Fire’s Elegance – The Harper’s Voice: Anna O’Connell (harp, soprano), Amanda Powell (soprano), Apollo’s Fire / Jeannette Sorrell (conductor/harpsichord). First Baptist Church, Shaker Heights, Ohio, on 27.2.2021 and reviewed as a concert stream. (MSJ)

Kathie Stewart (flute) and Anna O’Connell (c) Apollo’s Fire

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Brooklyn Art Song Society concludes its Schubert series with Schwanengesang

United StatesUnited States Brooklyn Art Song Society, Schubert V – Schwanengesang: Kristina Bachrach (soprano), Dominic Armstrong (tenor), Michael Kelly (baritone), Narek Arutyunian (clarinet), Michael Brofman & Joel Harder (piano). Brooklyn Art Song Society, Soapbox Gallery, Brooklyn. Livestream available from 13.3.2021. (RP)

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Christof Loy’s new Francesca da Rimini at Deutsche Oper Berlin: is it worth the effort?

GermanyGermany Riccardo Zandonai, Francesca da Rimini: Soloists, Extras, Chorus and Orchestra of Deutsche Oper Berlin / Carlo Rizzi (conductor). Livestream directed by Gotz Filenius from Deutsche Oper Berlin, 14.3.2021. (JPr)

Deutsche Oper Berlin’s Francesca da Rimini Act I

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Barbora Horáková Joly’s new Prague Rigoletto combines cutting-edge production with Vincenzo Milletarì’s traditional musical virtues

Czech RepublicCzech Republic Verdi, Rigoletto: Soloists, The State Opera Chorus and Orchestra / Vincenzo Milletarì (conductor), Národní divadlo, Prague. Recorded on 30.1 and 2.2.2021 at the State Opera and available throughout March 2021. (RP)

Olga Jelínková (Gilda) © Serghei Gherciu, Jan Pohribný

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Daniel Barenboim’s Berlin Staatskapelle concert is beautifully played, yet bittersweet

GermanyGermany Mozart, Schoenberg: Soloists of the Berlin Staatskapelle / Daniel Barenboim (conductor). Streamed from the Berlin Staatsoper on the Staatsoper’s YouTube channel, 14.3.2021. (SRT)

Soloists of the Berlin Staatskapelle and Daniel Barenboim (conductor)

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