Così fan tutte is another wonderful ensemble achievement for Saffron Opera Group

United KingdomUnited Kingdom Mozart, Così fan tutte (concert performance): Chorus (chorus master: James Davey) and Orchestra of Saffron Opera Group / Michael Thorne (conductor). Saffron Hall, Saffron Walden, Essex, 13.2.2022. (JPr)

Jessica Cale (Fiordiligi), Liam Bonthrone (Ferrando),  Rebecca Afonwy-Jones (Dorabella) and Marcus Farnsworth (Guglielmo) (c) Roger King

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Anthony Negus and his remarkable cast excel in Suzanne Chaundy’s gimmick-free Melbourne Opera Die Walküre

AustraliaAustralia Wagner, Die Walküre: Soloists, Melbourne Opera Orchestra / Anthony Negus (conductor). Her Majesty’s Theatre, Melbourne, 9.2.2022. (JPr)

Bradley Daley (Siegmund), Zara Barrett (Brünnhilde) and Lee Abrahmsen (Sieglinde) © Robin Halls

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Asmik Grigorian stars in a revival of Robert Carsen’s shop till you drop Vienna Manon Lescaut

AustriaAustria Puccini, Manon Lescaut: Soloists, Chorus and Orchestra of Vienna State Opera / Francesco Ivan Ciampa (conductor). Livestreamed (directed by Domnik Kepczynski) from Vienna State Opera on 7.2.2022. (JPr)

Boris Pinkhasovich (Lescaut) and Asmik Grigorian (Manon) (c) Wiener Staatsoper/Michael Poehn

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Georgia Mae Bishop and Simon Grange are prize winners at The Mastersingers Wagner Vocal Competition 2022

United KingdomUnited Kingdom The Mastersingers Wagner Vocal Competition 2022: The Peacock Room, Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance, Greenwich, London, 30.1.2022. (JPr) 

Dame Anne Evans (fifth from right) and to her right are Simon Grange and Georgia Mae Bishop

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Gergiev’s remarkable ensemble of singing-actors make Vienna’s The Queen of Spades revival still relevant

AustriaAustria Tchaikovsky, The Queen of Spades (Pique Dame): Soloists, Chorus and Orchestra of Vienna State Opera / Valery Gergiev (conductor). Livestreamed from the Vienna State Opera (directed by Jasmina Eleta), 27.1.2022. (JPr)

Vienna State Opera’s The Queen of Spades Act II Scene 1 (c) Michael Poehn

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Vienna State Ballet’s Liebeslieder is a captivating Jerome Robbins, Lucinda Childs and George Balanchine triple bill

AustriaAustria Liebeslieder (Jerome Robbins’s Other Dances, Lucinda Childs’s Concerto, and George Balanchine’s Liebeslieder Walzer): Dancers of Vienna State Ballet, Johanna Wallroth (soprano), Stephanie Maitland (mezzo-soprano), Hiroshi Amako (tenor), Ilja Kazakov (bass), Stephen Hopkins, Sarah Tysman and Igor Zapravdin (pianists). Livestreamed (directed by Balázs Delbó) from the Wiener Staatsoper, 14.1.2022. (JPr)

Lucinda Childs’s Concerto

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