The Met’s first live TV broadcast: memories of Pavarotti and Scotto in a 1977 La bohème

United StatesUnited States Puccini, La bohème: Soloists, Chorus and Orchestra of the Metropolitan Opera House, New York / James Levine (conductor). 15.3.1977 performance reviewed as the Viewers’ Choice Nightly Met Opera Stream on 9.5.2020. (JPr)

Renata Scotto (Mimì) and Luciano Pavarotti (Rodolfo) (c) Met Opera Archives

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Nureyev’s remarkable vision: ENB at Home’s Romeo & Juliet proved an unmissable treat

United KingdomUnited Kingdom ENB at Home’s Wednesday Watch Party – Prokofiev, Romeo & Juliet (Rudolf Nureyev Production): Dancers of English National Ballet, Students from English National Ballet School, English National Ballet Philharmonic / Gavin Sutherland (conductor). Bristol Hippodrome, 14.10.2015 and reviewed on 6.5.2020. (JPr)

Isaac Hernández (Romeo) & Alina Cojocaru (Juliet) (c) Bill Cooper

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Reanimating ‘At Home’ Danny Boyle’s 2011 National Theatre Frankenstein

United KingdomUnited Kingdom NT at HomeFrankenstein by Nick Dear (based on the novel by Mary Shelley): Directed for the screen by Tim van Someren and recorded at London’s Olivier Theatre in 2011. Reviewed on 4.5.2020. (JPr)

Benedict Cumberbatch (Creature) & Jonny Lee Miller (Frankenstein) (c) Catherine Ashmore

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That’s Entertainment!: a look back at Rudolf Nureyev’s memorable Paris Cinderella

FranceFrance Prokofiev, Cinderella (Rudolf Nureyev’s production): Dancers of the Paris Opera Ballet, Orchestre Pasdeloup / Vello Pähn (conductor). Opéra Bastille, Paris, 31.12.2018 performance (directed for the screen by Isabelle Julien) and reviewed as an Opéra national de Paris online stream broadcast on 1.5.2020. (JPr)

Alessio Carbone (Producer), Valentine Colasante (Cinderella) & Karl Paquette (Star)

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Looking back at Piotr Beczala encoring his triumphant Cavaradossi in Vienna’s classic Tosca

AustriaAustria Puccini, Tosca: Soloists, Chorus and Orchestra of the Vienna State Opera / Marco Armiliato (conductor). Directed for the screen by Ella Gallieni and recorded at the Vienna State Opera on 23.6.2019 and reviewed on 28.4.2020. (JPr)

Piotr Beczala as Cavaradossi

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Revisiting Joseph Calleja’s Hoffmann in Bartlett Sher’s 2009 new Met production

United StatesUnited States Offenbach, Les contes d’Hoffmann: Soloists, Chorus and Orchestra of the Metropolitan Opera, New York / James Levine (conductor). Performance from 19.12.2009 reviewed as a Nightly Met Opera Stream on 23.4.2020. (JPr)

Joseph Calleja (Hoffmann) and Anna Netrebko (Stella)

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Redemption at the Met for Puccini’s flawed La rondine from Gheorghiu, Alagna and Oropesa

United StatesUnited States Puccini, La rondine: Soloists, Chorus and Orchestra of the Metropolitan Opera, New York / Marco Armiliato (conductor). Performance from 10.1.2009 and reviewed as a Nightly Met Opera Stream on 16.4.2020. (JPr)

Lisette Oropesa, Marius Brenciu, Roberto Alagna and Angela Gheorghiu
in La rondine (c) Metropolitan Opera

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Exuberant Jason Manford-led Curtains proves a perfect antidote to our coronavirus-blighted times

United KingdomUnited Kingdom Curtains (music by John Kander, lyrics by Fred Ebb, book by Rupert Holmes, original book and concept by Peter Stone with additional lyrics by John Kander and Rupert Holmes): Company of Curtains, filmed at the Palace Theatre, Manchester, and directed for the screen by Martin Riley. Live online stream reviewed on 14.4.2020. (JPr)

The cast of Curtains © The Other Richard

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