Prokofiev’s rarely heard Gambler given a terrific performance supported by Barenboim conducting at white heat; Purcell’s Fairy Queen, strongly sung and very engagingly (and funnily) acted; and Jonas Kaufmann on top form in Lohengrin, stylishly updated to the 1930s and performed with total commitment and conviction.
Prokofiev - The Gambler Staatskapelle Berlin / Barenboim / Tcherniakov
Purcell - The Fairy Queen Glyndebourne Opera; OAE / Christie / Kent (Winner)
Wagner - Lohengrin Bavarian State Opera / Nagano / Jones
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