A Carmen for the twenty-first century at Glyndebourne

United KingdomUnited Kingdom Glyndebourne Festival 2024 – Bizet, Carmen: Soloists, Children’s Chorus (members of Glyndebourne Youth Opera and Trinity Boys Choir), Glyndebourne Chorus, London Philharmonic Orchestra / Robin Ticciati (conductor). Glyndebourne, Lewes, E. Sussex, 16.5.2024. (MM-B)

Carmen (Rihab Chaieb), Zuniga (Dingle Yandell) and Glyndebourne Chorus (rear) © Richard Hubert Smith

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A further revival of Moshe Leiser and Patrice Caurier’s Madama Butterfly is an exhilarating operatic evening

United KingdomUnited Kingdom Puccini, Madama Butterfly: Soloists, Chorus and Orchestra of the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden / Kevin John Edusei (conductor). Royal Opera House, London, 14.3.2024. (MM-B)

Moshe Leiser and Patrice Caurier’s Madama Butterfly © Marc Brenner

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Live in Concert Joyce DiDonato is a virtuoso singer who dives body and soul into all she sings

GermanyGermany Met Stars Live in Concert [5] – Joyce DiDonato in Bochum: Joyce DiDonato (mezzo-soprano), Carrie-Ann Matheson (piano), Il Pomo d’Oro. Live Streamed in HD (directed by Gary Halvorson) from the Jahrhunderthalle, Bochum, Germany, 12.9.2020. (MMB)

Joyce DiDonato

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Juan Diego Flórez’s appearance at the 100th Salzburg Festival was possibly its defining moment

AustriaAustria 100th Salzburg Festival – Canto Lirico with Juan Diego Flórez (tenor) and Vincenzo Scalera (piano): 25.8.2020 performance from Grosses Festspielhaus, Salzburg, reviewed when streamed on ARTE Concert. (MM-B)

Juan Diego Flórez (tenor) and Vincenzo Scalera (piano) (c) Marco Borrelli

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Viennese Night: a little taste of the usual magic of the BBC Proms and Vienna

United KingdomUnited Kingdom BBC Proms Live – Viennese Night: Sophie Bevan (soprano), Robert Murray (tenor). BBC Concert Orchestra / Bramwell Tovey (conductor). Streamed live from the Royal Albert Hall, London, 31.8.2020. (MMB)

Sophie Bevan and the BBC Concert Orchestra (c) BBC/Chris Christodoulou

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Glyndebourne 2020 – A little brightness in all the pandemic doom and gloom

Like all arts organisations during these gloomy times of the Covid-19 pandemic, Glyndebourne was forced to cancel their Festival 2020 and faced with a financial struggle. Unlike most, however, the Glyndebourne opera house is set in the middle of the Sussex countryside, with beautiful grounds, pleasant gardens and the lovely backdrop of the old country … Read more

Excellent, eclectic, and engaging Monday Concert Live Stream – the Ninth – from Bavarian State Opera

GermanyGermany Ninth Monday Concert: Soloists of the Bavarian State Ballet and Bavarian State Orchestra, Günther Groissböck (bass), Gerold Huber (piano), Live stream from the Bavarian State Opera, Munich, 1.6.2020. (MMB)

Günther Groissböck (bass)

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In Memoriam Sir Peter Jonas – an April Monday Concert of the Bavarian State Opera 

GermanyGermany Fourth Concert – In Memoriam Sir Peter Jonas: Elsa Benoit (soprano), Donald Wages (piano), Münchner Klavier Trio, Jonas Kaufmann (tenor), Helmut Deutsch (piano), Live streaming from the Bavarian State Opera, Munich, on 27.4.2020. (MMB)

Jonas Kaufmann (tenor) & Helmut Deutsch (piano) (c) Bayerische Staatsoper

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