Opera Holland Park’s new film of William Walton’s The Bear is thoroughly entertaining

United KingdomUnited Kingdom Walton, The Bear: Soloists, Members of City of London Sinfonia (Fran Hills [piano], Ruth Funnell [violin], Christopher Rawley [bassoon], Stephanie Beck [harp] and Glyn Matthews [percussion]) / John Andrews (conductor). Filmed at Stone House during April 2020 and streaming from 9 to 13.11.2021 (click here). (JPr)

Richard Burkhard (Smirnov) and Clare Presland (Popova)

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Get sucked into Gerald Barry’s musical vortex by this new film of Alice’s Adventures Under Ground

IrelandIreland Gerald Barry’s Alice’s Adventures Under Ground: Irish Chamber Orchestra / André de Ridder (conductor). Filmed (directed by Hugh O’Conor) at the National Opera House, Wexford and streaming (click here) from 5.11 to 5.12.2021. (JPr)

Claudia Boyle (Alice)

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Elīna Garanča’s dominant role debut as the Princesse de Bouillon in Vienna’s Adriana Lecouvreur

AustriaAustria Cilea, Adriana Lecouvreur: Soloists, Chorus and Orchestra of Vienna State Opera / Asher Fisch (conductor). Livestreamed from Vienna State Opera on 29.10.2021 (directed by Dominic Kepczynski) and on demand for a limited time. (JPr)

Ermonela Jaho (Adriana Lecouvreur) and Brian Jagde (Maurizio)

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Lisette Oropesa’s Violetta makes this umpteeenth revival of the Royal Opera’s La traviata unmissable

United KingdomUnited Kingdom Verdi, La traviata: Soloists, Actors and Dancers, Chorus and Orchestra of the Royal Opera House / Antonello Manacorda (conductor). Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, London, 28.10.2021. (JPr)

Liparit Avetisyan (Alfredo) and Lisette Oropesa (Violetta) (c) Tristram Kenton

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Mahler is the highlight of Marta Fontanals-Simmons and Sholto Kynoch’s memorable recital at Oxford

United KingdomUnited Kingdom Oxford Lieder Festival 2021 [4]: Marta Fontanals-Simmons (mezzo-soprano) and Sholto Kynoch (piano). Performed at St John the Evangelist, Oxford, 21.10.2021 and livestreamed by TallWall Media (directed by Simon Wall). (JPr)

Marta Fontanals-Simmons (mezzo-soprano) and Sholto Kynoch (piano)

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Wigmore Hall’s In the footsteps of… was a beautifully curated, thought-provoking and inspiring programme

United KingdomUnited Kingdom In the footsteps of…: Gweneth Ann Rand (soprano), Sarah Daramy-Williams (violin), Allyson Devenish (piano), Cathy Tyson (narrator). Livestreamed (Darius Weinberg director/producer) on 14.11.2021 from Wigmore Hall, London, and available until 13.11.2021. (JPr)

Gweneth Ann Rand (soprano)

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Superb acting and singing as Phil Willmott and John Robinson mine a musical out of Lady Chatterley’s Lover

United KingdomUnited Kingdom Lady Chatterley’s Lover: a musical adaptation of the novel by D.H. Lawrence from Phil Willmott (book), John Robinson (music and lyrics), Mark Anderson (additional lyrics) and Bjorn Dobbelaere (orchestrations). Filmed at London’s Shaftesbury Theatre in June 2021 and available from 15 October to 21 November 2021 on Stream.Theatre. (JPr)

Georgia Lennon (Constance) and Michael Pickering (Mellors) (c) Mark Senior

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With remarkable performances from Mattila and Grigorian, musically there is no weak link in Royal Opera’s new Jenůfa

United KingdomUnited Kingdom Janáček, Jenůfa: Soloists, Chorus and Orchestra of the Royal Opera House / Henrik Nánási (conductor). Livestreamed (directed by Rhodri Huw) from the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, 9.10.2021 and available now on OperaVision. (JPr)

Saimir Pirgu (Števa) and Karita Mattila (Kostelnička) (c) Tristram Kenton

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