An undoubtedly disturbing yet ultimately triumphant Met Porgy and Bess

United StatesUnited States The Gershwins’ Porgy and Bess: Soloists, Chorus and Orchestra of the Metropolitan Opera / David Robertson (conductor). Transmitted live from the Metropolitan Opera, New York, to Cineworld Basildon, Essex, 1.2.2020. (JPr)

The Gershwins’ Porgy and Bess (c) Ken Howard

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English National Ballet celebrates its seventy years in grand style

United KingdomUnited Kingdom English National Ballet’s 70th Anniversary Gala Celebration: Dancers of English National Ballet, English National Ballet School and ENBYouthCo, English National Ballet Philharmonic / Gavin Sutherland (conductor). London Coliseum, 17.1.2020 (JPr)

Fernanda Oliveira and Junor Souza in Three Preludes (c) Laurent Liotardo

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The Royal Ballet’s The Sleeping Beauty sees the whole company dancing with impressive dynamism

United KingdomUnited Kingdom Tchaikovsky, The Sleeping Beauty: Dancers of the Royal Ballet, Royal Opera House Orchestra / Simon Hewett (conductor). Directed for the screen by Ross MacGibbon and broadcast live (introduced by Dame Darcey Bussell and Anita Rani) from the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, to Cineworld Basildon, Essex. 16.1.2020. (JPr)

Fumi Kaneko (Princess Aurora) (c) Helen Maybanks

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William Kentridge’s Met Wozzeck pits Berg’s timeless characters against a backdrop of the First World War

United StatesUnited States Berg, Wozzeck: Soloists, Chorus and Orchestra of the Metropolitan Opera / Yannick Nézet-Séguin (conductor). Broadcast live from the Metropolitan Opera, New York, to Cineworld Basildon, Essex, 11.1.2020. (JPr)

Peter Mattei (Wozzeck) and Elza van den Heever (Marie)
(c) Ken Howard/Met Opera

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Comedy and technical perfection from the excellent Núñez and Muntagirov in The Royal Ballet’s charming Coppélia

United KingdomUnited Kingdom The Royal Ballet’s Coppélia: Dancers of The Royal Ballet, Orchestra of the Royal Opera House / Barry Wordsworth (conductor). Directed for the screen by Ross MacGibbon and broadcast live from the Royal Opera House to Cineworld Basildon, Essex, 10.12.2019. (JPr)

Marianela Núñez (Swanilda) and Vadim Muntagirov (Franz) in Coppélia © Bill Cooper

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