Barrie Kosky’s disappoiningly unfunny Munich Der Rosenkavalier is redeemed by some strong singing

GermanyGermany Richard Strauss, Der Rosenkavalier: Soloists, Chorus and Orchestra of Bavarian State Opera / Vladimir Jurowski (conductor). Livestreamed (directed by Henning Kasten) on Arte.tv (click here) from the National Theatre, Munich, 21.3.2021. (JPr)

Samantha Hankey (‘Mariandel’), Marlis Petersen (Marschallin) & Christof Fischesser (Ochs)

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From Munich via San Francisco Julia Bullock finds revelatory connections in 900 years of music

United StatesUnited States SoundBox, ‘Lineage’: Julia Bullock (curator, singer), San Francisco Symphony Chorus, San Francisco Girls Chorus, members of San Francisco Symphony / Daniel Stewart (conductor). Recorded at Davies Symphony Hall in San Francisco and Bavaria Musik Studio in Munich. Presented by SFSymphony+ and first streamed 11.3.2021. (HS)

Julia Bullock

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Dmitri Tcherniakov’s new Munich Der Freischütz is a hit-or-miss corporate affair

GermanyGermany Weber, Der Freischütz: Soloists, Chorus of the Bayerische Staatsoper, Bayerisches Staatsorchester / Antonello Manacorda (conductor). Livestreamed from the Munich National Theatre, 13.2.2021. (JPr)

Opening scene of Der Freischütz © Wilfried Hösl

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Jonas Kaufmann’s Rodolfo is a revelation in a vintage Munich La bohème for our time and all time

GermanyGermany Puccini, La bohème: Soloists. Kinderchor und Chor der Bayerischen Staatsoper, Bayerisches Staatsorchester / Asher Fisch (conductor). Recorded live on 27.11.2020 and available as Video-on-Demand (click here) until 3.1.2021. (JPr)

La bohème Act IV in Otto Schenk’s Munich production

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Revelatory singing by Anja Kampe in Munich’s revival of Wozzeck

United KingdomUnited Kingdom Berg, Wozzeck: Soloists, Chorus and Children’s Chorus of Bavarian State Opera (Chorus master: Stellario Fagone), Bavarian State Orchestra / Vladimir Jurowski (conductor). Bavarian State Opera, Munich, 14.10.2020. (ALL)

Wolfgang Ablinger-Sperrhacke (Captain) & Simon Keenlyside (Wozzeck)

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In Munich, Marina Abramović showed how when the music stopped for Maria Callas the legend endured

GermanyGermany Marko Nikodijević, 7 Deaths of Maria Callas: Extra Choir of the Bavarian State Opera, Bavarian State Orchestra / Yoel Gamzou (conductor). Performed at National Theatre, Munich, 5.9.2020 and reviewed on ARTE Concert. (JPr)

Marina Abramović in 7 Deaths of Maria Callas (c) Wilfried Hösl

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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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