Götterdämmerung proves an inconclusive end to Valentin Schwarz’s new Bayreuth Ring cycle

GermanyGermany Bayreuth Festival 2022 – Wagner, Götterdämmerung: Soloists, Chorus and Orchestra of the Bayreuth Festival / Cornelius Meister (conductor). Recorded (directed by Michael Beyer) at the Bayreuther Festspielhaus on 5.8.2022 and now available on STAGE+ until 14.11.2047. (JPr)

Michael Kupfer-Radecky (Gunther) with the chorus (Vassals) © Enrico Nawrath

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Making the case for cultural freedom with their instruments, the Ukrainian Freedom Orchestra at the Proms

United KingdomUnited Kingdom BBC Proms 2022 [13], Prom 19a – Silvestrov, Chopin, Beethoven, Brahms: Anna Fedorova (piano), Liudmyla Monastyrska (soprano), Ukrainian Freedom Orchestra / Keri-Lynn Wilson (conductor). Recorded (directed by ) at the Royal Albert Hall, London, 31.7.2022. Available on BBC iPlayer. (JPr)

The Ukranian Freedom Orchestra conducted by Keri-Lynn Wilson  © Mark Allan/BBC

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Water flows through an otherwise oddly programmed Prom from Sir Mark Elder and the Hallé

United KingdomUnited Kingdom BBC Proms 2022 [10], Prom 19: Dukas, Respighi, Puccini: Soloists, Philharmonia Voices, Hallé / Sir Mark Elder (conductor). Recorded (directed by Helen Mansfield) at the Royal Albert Hall, London, 30.7.2022. It is currently available on BBC iPlayer. (JPr)

Sir Mark Elder © BBC/Chris Christodoulou

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Doreen Carwithen, Grace Williams and Vaughan Williams look out to sea at the BBC Proms

United KingdomUnited Kingdom BBC Proms 2022 [9], Prom 16 – Doreen Carwithen, Grace Williams, Vaughan Williams: Elizabeth Llewellyn (soprano), Jacques Imbrailo (baritone), BBC Symphony Chorus, BBC National Chorus and Orchestra of Wales / Andrew Manze (conductor). Recorded at the Royal Albert Hall, London, (directed by Rhodri Huw) and now available on BBC iPlayer, 27.7.2022. (JPr)

Elizabeth Llewellyn (soprano) and Jacques Imbrailo (baritone) singing in A Sea Symphony © BBC/Chris Christodoulou

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Daniel Kramer’s kaleidoscopic, futuristic, dystopian reimagining of Turandot in Geneva

SwitzerlandSwitzerland Puccini, Turandot: Grand Théâtre de Genève Chorus, Orchestre de la Suisse Romande / Antonino Fogliani (conductor). Recorded (directed by Jérémie Cuvillier) at Grand Théâtre de Genève, 22.6.2022 and available on OperaVision until 22.1.2023. (JPr)

Ingela Brimberg (Turandot) and Teodor Ilincăi (Calaf) © Magali Dougados

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