At the 100th Salzburg Festival, there was a memorable all-Tchaikovsky concert with Anna Netrebko and Yusif Eyvasov

AustriaAustria 100th Salzburg Festival – Tchaikovsky: Anna Netrebko (soprano), Yusif Eyvazov (tenor), Szilvia Vörös (mezzo-soprano). Mozarteum Orchestra Salzburg / Mikhail Tatarnikov (conductor). 25.8.2020 performance from the Grosses Festspielhaus, Salzburg, reviewed on ARTE Concert. (JPr)

Yusif Eyvazov, Anna Netrebko, Mikhail Tatarnikov
and Mozarteum Orchestra Salzburg © Salzburg Festival/Marco Borrelli

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Patrice Chéreau’s Ring comes full circle and it is Pierre Boulez who is beyond criticism

GermanyGermany Wagner, Götterdämmerung: Soloists, Chorus and Orchestra of the Bayreuth Festival / Pierre Boulez (conductor). Filmed at the Bayreuth Festspielhaus in 1980 and reviewed on DG Stage on 30.8.2020. (JPr)

Patrice Chéreau’s  Götterdämmerung final scene

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Land of the Midnight Sun’s Oscarshall Palace welcomes Lise Davidsen, opera’s international rising star

United StatesUnited States Met Stars Live in Concert [4]: Lise Davidsen (soprano) and James Baillieu (piano). Broadcast live in HD (directed by Gary Halvorson) from Oscarshall Palace, Oslo, 29.8.2020. (JPr)

James Baillieu and Lise Davidsen in Oscarshall Palace (c) Hallvard Bræin

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Centenary Bayreuth Ring revisited: a prosaic staging is well-acted, though the singing is variable

GermanyGermany Wagner, Siegfried: Soloists, Orchestra of the Bayreuth Festival / Pierre Boulez (conductor). Filmed at the Bayreuth Festspielhaus in 1980 and reviewed on DG Stage on 28.8.2020. (JPr)

Manfred Jung (Siegfried) and Heinz Zednik (Mime)

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100th Salzburg Festival: Garanča’s Wagner is impressive and so is Thielemann and the VPO’s Bruckner

AustriaAustria 100th Salzburg Festival – Wagner & Bruckner: Elīna Garanča (mezzo-soprano), Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra / Christian Thielemann (conductor). Performance of 22.8.2020 reviewed as an Arte Concert free live stream from the Grosses Festspielhaus, Salzburg, on 26.8.2020. (JPr)

Elīna Garanča and Christian Thielemann (c) Marco Borrelli

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Forty years on, Patrice Chéreau’s Bayreuth Die Walküre is just an upstairs, downstairs, costume drama

GermanyGermany Wagner, Die Walküre: Soloists, Orchestra of the Bayreuth Festival / Pierre Boulez (conductor). Filmed at the Bayreuth Festspielhaus in 1980 and reviewed on DG Stage on 26.8.2020. (JPr)

Patrice Chéreau’s Die Walküre final scene

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Fine singing and excellent musicianship from Roberto Alagna, Aleksandra Kurzak, and the Vienna Morphing Quintet

FranceFrance Met Stars Live in Concert [3]: Roberto Alagna (tenor) and Aleksandra Kurzak (soprano), Vienna Morphing Quintet (Yuuki Wong, Lucas Medlam [violins], Tomasz Wabnic [viola/director], Moritz Ebert [cello], Felipe Medina [double bass]), Alexander Wladigeroff (trumpet). Broadcast live in HD (directed by Gary Halvorson) from Le Chateau de la Chevre d’Or, Èze, France, 16.8.2020. (JPr)

Aleksandra Kurzak & Roberto Alagna

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