Summer viewing

I have spent the day glued to 3sat, an Austro-German-Swiss conglomerate station that is quite good on the music front, and today has absolutely outdone itself.  Since 11 this morning (and it's now 20:45) there has been performance after performance after performance, most of them quite recent.  I'm posting this little comment to say that if you get the chance to see the Arena di Verona production of Il trovatore, of this year, with Anna Netrebko as Leonora, jump at it.  Once again, as in London for Forza, she delivers a formidable performance, at the top of her form.  If you can persuade the 3sat website you're residing in Germany, Austria or Switzerland, it might be possible to get a replay.  Whatever you think of Verona, of Zeffirelli productions, or of Yusif Eyvazov, this is not to be missed!

Capitole, 02/07/2019

Massenet : Werther

Orchestre national du Capitole
Jean-François Verdier

RSNO, 01/06/2019

Sibelius : Suite from Belshazzar's Feast
Elgar : Cello Concerto (Truls Mørk, cello)
Walton : Belshazzar's Feast (Anthony Clark Evans, baritone)

RSNO Chorus
Royal Scottish National Orchestra
Thomas Søndergård

Bolshoi Ballet (live broadcast). 19/05/2019

Shchedrin, after Bizet : Carmen Suiteº
Stravinsky : Petrushka

Artists of the Bolshoi Ballet
Orchestra of the Bolshoi Theatre
Pavel Sorokinº
Pavel Klinichev†

Royal Ballet (live broadcast), 16/05/2019

Within the Golden Hour (chor. Wheeldon, mus. Bosso/Vivaldi)*
Medusa (chor. Cherkaoui, mus. Purcell/Wojciechowska)º
Flight Pattern (chor. Pite, mus. Górecki)†

Vasko Vassilev, violin*
Ailish Tynan, sopranoº
Tim Mead, counter-tenorº
Francesca Chiejina, soprano
Artists of the Royal Ballet
Orchestra of the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden
Andrew Griffithsº
Jonathan Lo*†

RSNO Chamber, 12/05/2019

Milhaud : Suite for violin, clarinet and piano
Khachaturian : Clarinet Trio
Bartók : Contrasts

Josef Pacewicz, clarinet
Tamás Fejes, violin
Scott Mitchell, piano

Metropolitan Opera (live broadcast), 11/05/2019

Poulenc : Dialogues des Carmélites

Chorus and Orchestra of the Metropolitan Opera, New York
Yannick Nézet-Séguin