In Dresden, Christian Thielemann’s first Aida is a triumph

GermanyGermany Verdi, Aida: Soloists, Dancers, Dresden State Opera Chorus, Staatskapelle Dresden / Christian Thielemann (conductor). Livestreamed (directed by Michael Beyer) on 13.3.2022 from the Semperoper Dresden and available until 12.6.2022. (JPr)

Georg Zeppenfeld (Ramfis) and Oksana Volkova (Amneris) (c) Ludwig Olah

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Focus is on Lise Davidsen but Isabel Leonard, Brenda Rae and Marek Janowski make the Met’s Ariadne an ensemble success

United StatesUnited States Richard Strauss, Ariadne auf Naxos: Soloists, Chorus and Orchestra of the Metropolitan Opera / Marek Janowski (conductor). Transmitted live (directed by Gary Halvorson) from the Metropolitan Opera, New York, 12.3.2022. (JPr)

Brenda Rae (Zerbinetta) and Isabel Leonard (Composer) (c) Marty Sohl

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Peter Grimes comes ashore as the Dutchman in Stefan Herheim’s new Munich production

GermanyGermany Britten, Peter Grimes: Soloists, Children’s Chorus, Chorus and Orchestra of the Bayerische Staatsoper / Edward Gardner (conductor). Livestreamed (directed by Miriam Hoyer) from Munich’s Nationaltheater, 6.3.2022. (JPr)

Stuart Skelton (Grimes, centre) in Bayerische Staatsoper’s Peter Grimes © W Hoesl

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Rolando Villazón is in fine voice as he celebrates his 50th with friends at Salzburg’s Haus für Mozart

AustriaAustria ¡Cincuentañero! Rolando Villazón turns 50: Rolando Villazón, Charles Castronovo (tenors), Plácido Domingo (tenor/baritone), Magdalena Kožená (mezzo-soprano), Regula Mühlemann, Fatma Said (sopranos) and Michael Volle (baritone), Barbara Rett (host), Camarata Salzburg / Giedrė Šlekytė (conductor). Recorded live (directed by Beatrix Conrad) in the Haus für Mozart, Salzburg, 21.2.2022. (JPr)

Giedrė Šlekytė conducts Camarata Salzburg, Rolando Villazón and Magdalena Kožená

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Philip Pullman’s The Book of Dust at London’s Bridge Theatre is a whirlwind coming-of-age story

United KingdomUnited Kingdom Bridge Theatre’s The Book of Dust – La Belle Sauvage: Broadcast by NT Live to Cineworld Basildon, Essex, from Bridge Theatre, London, 17.2.2022. (JPr)

Ella Dacres (Alice), Pip Carter (Gerard Bonneville) & Julie Atherton (Hyena) (c) Manuel Harlan

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MacMillan’s naturalistic – and ageless – Romeo and Juliet sees The Royal Ballet performing consummately well

United KingdomUnited Kingdom The Royal Ballet’s Romeo and Juliet: Dancers of The Royal Ballet, Orchestra of the Royal Opera House / Jonathan Lo (conductor). Performance of 3.2.2022 broadcast to Cineworld Basildon, Essex, 14.2.2022. (JPr)

Marcelino Sambé (Romeo) and Anna Rose O’Sullivan (Juliet)

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