The ESO plays David Matthews’s conspicuously successful arrangement of Elgar’s String Quartet

United KingdomUnited Kingdom Elgar reimagined, Elgar (arr. David Matthews): English Symphony Orchestra / Kenneth Woods (conductor). Wyastone Concert Hall, Monmouth. Relayed via the ESO’s YouTube channel, 14.5.2021. (JQ)

Kenneth Woods conducting the English Symphony Orchestra

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Bang on a Can video revives evocative ‘John Henry’ oratorio

United StatesUnited States Julia Wolfe, Steel Hammer: Bang on a Can All-Stars / David Bloom (music director), soundtrack recorded at the Bunker Studio, Brooklyn, and David’s Studio, New York, for video made exclusively for Cal Performances, Berkeley. Streamed first on 6.5.2021, and available on demand through 4.8.2021. (HS)

Singers Molly Netter, Rebecca Hargrove and Sonya Headlam

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Opera Philadelphia takes the leap into live opera with The Drama of Tosca

United StatesUnited States Puccini, The Drama of Tosca: Soloists, Opera Philadelphia Chorus & Orchestra / Corrado Rovaris (conductor), Opera Philadelphia, Mann Center for the Performing Arts, Philadelphia, 5.5.2021. (RP)

Quinn Kelsey (Scarpia) and Brian Jagde (Cavaradossi) (c) Dominic M. Mercier

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Pairing style and substance in Cleveland with Britten and Ravel

United StatesUnited States In Focus / Episode Ten, Style & Craft: Frank Rosenwein (oboe), Carolyn Gadiel Warner (piano), Strings of the Cleveland Orchestra / Vinay Parameswaran (conductor). Previously recorded at Severance Hall, Cleveland (9.3 and 8-9.4.2021) and reviewed as a video stream. (MSJ)

Vinay Parameswaran and strings of the Cleveland Orchestra
© Roger Mastroianni

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A new production of Don Giovanni at Prague’s Estates Theatre offers surprises, charms and thrills

Czech RepublicCzech Republic Mozart, Don Giovanni: Soloists, National Theatre Chorus and Orchestra / Karsten Januschke (conductor). Performed at Národní Divadlo, Estates Theatre, Prague and premiered 24.4.2021 on Czech Television and available for streaming globally until 1.5.2021. (RP)

Pavol Kubáň (Don Giovanni), Jana Sibera (Donna Anna)
and Richard Samek (Don Ottavio) © Jan Pohribný

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San Francisco Opera does Rossini’s Barber live at the drive-in

United StatesUnited States Rossini, The Barber of Seville: Soloists and Orchestra of San Francisco Opera / Roderick Cox (conductor). Marin County Civic Center, San Rafael, California, 23.4.2021. (HS)

Lucas Meachem delivers Figaro’s signature aria
from his War Memorial Opera House ‘dressing room’ (c) Stefan Cohen/SFO

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Winds return to Cleveland concerts via flute and organ

United StatesUnited States In Focus/Episode Eight, Visions and Impressions: Joshua Smith (flute), Paul Jacobs (organ), Strings and Timpani of the Cleveland Orchestra / Franz Welser-Möst (conductor). Severance Hall, Cleveland, on 18-20.3.2021, and reviewed as a video stream. (MSJ)

Joshua Smith plays Takemitsu © Roger Mastroianni

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