Piotr Beczala features in Sven-Eric Bechtolf’s nightmarish Rusalka in pre-pandemic Vienna

AustriaAustria Dvořák, Rusalka: Soloists, Chorus and Orchestra of Vienna State Opera / Tomáš Hanus (conductor). 4.2.2020 performance at the Vienna State Opera, livestreamed (directed by Jasmina Eleta) on 15.1.2021. (JPr)

Opening scene of Vienna State Opera’s Rusalka

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A Rosenblatt Recitals at Home stream – From Handel to Wagner – is a much-needed antidote to the current doom and gloom

United KingdomUnited Kingdom Rosenblatt Recitals at Home in aid of Target Ovarian Cancer – From Handel to Wagner – A Journey Through the Ages of Opera: Available as audio and video streaming if you click here. (JPr)

From Handel… – Serena Gamberoni and Quartet

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Nureyev’s The Nutcracker from Vienna State Ballet looks back to the past and also to the future

AustriaAustria Rudolf Nureyev’s Der Nussknacker (The Nutcracker): Dancers of Vienna State Ballet, Orchestra of Vienna State Opera / Kevin Rhodes (conductor). 27.12.2018 performance at Vienna State Opera House, reviewed as a livestream (directed by Balázs Delbó). (JPr)

Robert Gabdullin (Prince) and Natascha Mair (Clara)

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The New Year’s Eve Gala in the Met Stars Live in Concert series was generally upbeat and life-enhancing

GermanyGermany Met Stars Live in Concert – New Year’s Eve Gala: Angel Blue, Pretty Yende (sopranos), Javier Camarena, Matthew Polenzani (tenors), Cécile Restier (piano), Vienna Morphing Quintet. Livestreamed from Parktheater im Kurhaus Göggingen, Augsburg, 31.12.2020. (JPr)

Angel Blue (soprano) and Cécile Restier (piano)

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A sublime, life-enhancing, New Year’s Day Concert 2021 from Riccardo Muti and the Vienna Philharmonic

AustriaAustria New Year’s Day Concert 2021 (without audience): Vienna Philharmonic / Riccardo Muti (conductor). Broadcast (directed by Henning Kasten) from the Golden Hall, Musikverein, Vienna, 1.1.2021. (JPr)

Riccardo Muti conducts the Vienna Philharmonic

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The champagne falls flat for Vienna’s lockdown 2020 New Year’s Eve Die Fledermaus

AustriaAustria Johann Strauss II, Die Fledermaus: Soloists, Chorus and Orchestra of Vienna State Opera / Cornelius Meister (conductor). Livestream (directed by Volker Grohskopf) from the Vienna State Opera, 31.12.2020. (JPr)

Vienna State Opera’s Die Fledermaus Act II

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Thielemann conducts Wagner at Wahnfried and it is 150 years since the first performance of Siegfried Idyll

GermanyGermany Wagner at Wahnfried: Camilla Nylund (soprano), Members of the Bayreuth Festival Orchestra / Christian Thielemann (conductor). Performance recorded at Haus Wahnfried, Bayreuth, on 25.7.2020. (JPr)

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