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Performer: Edgaras Montvidas

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GlasgowSøndergård conducts Beethoven Five

© Martin Bubandt
Walker, Britten, Beethoven
Royal Scottish National Orchestra; Thomas Søndergård; Edgaras Montvidas
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Technology to the rescue in Zurich's new staging of Boris Godunov

Michael Volle (Boris Godunov) and Spencer Lang (Holy Fool) © Monika Rittershaus

The Zurich Opernhaus tackles the pandemic with an innovative strategy: instead of reducing the size of orchestra and chorus (as many other European opera houses) it removes them from the theatre altogether. 

Theater an der Wien premieres Christian Jost's Egmont

Edgaras Montvidas (Count Egmont) and Bo Skovhus (Duke of Alba) © Monika Rittershaus
Keith Warner directs a new opera which packs in betrayal, murder, oppression, freedom, love and the Spanish Inquisition into a mere 90 minutes.
****1
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A mortal nothingness: Verdi's Requiem at Westminster Cathedral

Verdi's Requiem at Westminster Cathedral © Thomas Bowles
This concert was inevitably the sum of far more than its parts, and not for nothing are the Monteverdi Choir and the Orchestre Revolutionnaire et Romantiquem, regarded as among the best in the world

Songs of Sunset and Dawn intonxicates at the Baltic Sea Festival

Giedrė Šlekytė © Mattias Ahlm | Sveriges Radio
The Lithuanian National Symphony Orchestra present two works at the Berwaldhallen that both look to the past and future.
***11
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Vanessa at Glyndebourne: repression in a cold climate

Virginie Verrez (Erika), Emma Bell (Vanessa) © Tristram Kenton
Brilliant staging, superb acting, a magnetic performance from Virginie Verrez and an excellent orchestral performance make a strong case for Samuel Barber's all-but-forgotten chiller.
****1
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A self-confident Beethoven 9 from Vogt and the RNS

Lars Vogt © Giorgia Bertazzi
Lars Vogt and Royal Northern Sinfonia deliver Beethoven's Symphony no. 9 with swaggering self-confidence, and heroic chorus singing.
***11
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