Dresden Lohengrin Revealed

Dresden Lohengrin Revealed

Anna Netrebko

Ciao, Opera Mavens. The beautiful 2016 Dresden Lohengrin with Piotr Beczala and Anna Netrebko is not available in the US from the normal Arte streaming channel in France. However, I found an available stream from iOpera in Spain. Here it is: Lohengrin from Dresden


Opera Bonanza

Opera Bonanza

Ciao, Opera Mavens. This morning, Sat May 13, the Vienna Staatsoper presented a gorgeous Eugene Onegin beautifully sung by Christopher Maltman, Olga Bezsmertna, and Pavol Brezlik. It will remain available only for

the next couple of days. Highly recommended.

Alberto Ginastera

Also, the very rare 1967 Spanish opera Bomarzo, by Argentine composer Alberto Ginastera is now available on The Opera Platform. The opera is essentially a nightmare in this stunning Pierre Audi production.

From Bergen National Opera, Norway, Il Turco in Italia in a Comedia del Arte production. Only through May 14th.


An OperaBobb Sidebar. If you’re a fan of Steven Sondheim and Follies, you’ll likely enjoy this new production from L’Opera de Toulon.


Broadcasts – May 2017

Ciao, Opera Mavens! Here are your May broadcast opera-tunities:

Cyrano de Bergerac (Alfano) – This classic love story comes alive in this rediscovered operatic gem that packs the power of full-blooded Italian verismo. The title role is a signature part for the charismatic star tenor Roberto Alagna, performing it with the Met for the first time opposite Jennifer Rowley as his secret love, Roxanne. With Atalla Ayan as Christian and Juan Jesús Rodríguez as de Guiche. Marco Armiliato conducts.  Sat May 6 at 10am

Der Rosenkavalier (R. Strauss) – Renée Fleming as the Marschallin and Elina Garanca as Octavian star in Strauss’s grandest opera. With Günther Groissböck as Baron Ochs, Erin Morley as Sophie, Markus Brück as Faninal, and Matthew Polenzani as the Italian Singer. Sebastian Weigle conducts.
Sat May 13 at 10am

Don Pasquale (Donizetti) – Sparkling with virtuosic singing and playful humor, this boisterous comedy pits the miserly Don Pasquale against his nephew Ernesto and Ernesto’s sweetheart, the crafty young Norina. Starring Maurizio Muraro (Don Pasquale), Heidi Stober (Norina), Lawrence Brownlee (Ernesto), Lucas Meachem (Adler 2005, Dr. Malatesta), Bojan Knezevic (Adler 1995, A Notary); conducted by Giuseppe Finzi.
Sun May 7 at 8pm on KDFC (also available on-demand at KDFC.com for 4 weeks after airing)

Don Giovanni (Mozart) – Simon Keenlyside makes his Met role debut as the unrepentant seducer in Michael Grandage’s production that also includes Hibla Gerzmava as Donna Anna, Malin Byström as Donna Elvira, Adam Plachetka as Leporello, Serena Malfi as Zerlina, Matthew Rose as Masetto, Paul Appleby as Don Ottavio, and Kwangchul Youn as the Commendatore. Fabio Luisi conducts.
Sun May 7 at 12noon – KQED Plus

Rusalka (Dvorak) – In this rebroadcast of the 2014 Otto Schenk production, Renee Fleming sings the title role of a water nymph who longs to be human opposite Piotr Beczala as the Prince, the object of her affection. John Relyea (Adler 1997) is the Water Gnome, Dolora Zajick (Adler 1985) sings the witch Jezibaba, and Emily Magee is the Foreign Princess; Conducted by Yannick Nézet-Séguin.
Sun May 7 at 9pm and Mon May 8 at 3am – KQED Life

L’Amour de Loin (Saariaho) – Robert Lepage‘s dazzling new production features glimmering ribbons of LED lights that extend across the length of the stage and over the orchestra pit. Finnish conductor Susanna Mälkki makes her Met debut leading the cast of Eric Owens as Jaufré, the knight on a quest of love, Susanna Phillips as Clémence, his lover on the other side of the sea, and Tamara Mumford as the Pilgrim who carries the messages between them.  Sun May 14 at 12noon – KQED Plus

Roméo et Juliette (Gounod) – Soprano Diana Damrau and tenor Vittorio Grigolo are back as opera’s classic lovers in Gounod’s lush Shakespeare adaptation. Bartlett Sher‘s production has already won acclaim for its vivid 18th-century milieu and stunning costumes during runs at Salzburg and La Scala. Gianandrea Noseda conducts the sumptuous score.  Sun May 21 at 12noon – KQED Plus

Carmen for Families – This beloved opera tells the passionate tale of the alluring Gypsy girl Carmen, the Spanish soldier who loves her and the spirited bullfighter who comes between them. Recommended for ages 10 and up. *FREE*
Wed May 10 at 6pm SF Public Library North Beach Branch 850 Columbus Ave., SF

Der Rosenkavalier (R. Strauss) – The dream cast of Renée Fleming as the Marschallin and Elina Garanca as Octavian star in Strauss’s grandest opera. In his new production, Robert Carsen places the action at the end of the Habsburg Empire, underscoring the opera’s subtext of class and conflict against a rich backdrop of gilt and red damask.  With Günther Groissböck as Baron Ochs, Erin Morley as Sophie, Markus Brück as Faninal, and Matthew Polenzani as the Italian Singer. Sebastian Weigle conducts.
Sat May 13 at 9:30am (live) and Wed May 17 at 6:30pm (encore)

Moby-Dick (Heggie) – Jay Hunter Morris plays the role of Captain Ahab in SF Opera’s thrilling 2012 operatic adaption of Herman Meville’s epic tale of the obsessive whaling boat captain who descends into madness and puts his crew in mortal danger. With Stephen Costello (Greenhorn), Morgan Smith (Starbuck), Jonathan Lemalu (Queequeg), Talise Trevigne (Pip), and Robert Orth (Stubb). Directed by Leonard Foglia and conducted by Patrick Summers (Merola 1986-87).
Sat May 13, potluck at 12noon followed by DVD presentation at 2pm
10350 Cabrillo Hwy, 3 miles south of Pescadero Rd. (look for the American flag)

Macbeth (Verdi) – The general of the victorious Scottish armies hears a prophecy from three witches that predict he will be the next King of Scotland. Believing this premonition, his wife encourages him to kill the King. His divine right drives Macbeth to be bloodthirsty with friends and opponents alike but alone and racked with guilt, he faces his last battle and death. Christof Loy‘s 2016 production for Barcelona’s Gran Teatro del Liceu features Ludovic Tezier as Macbeth, Vitalij Kowaljow as Banquo, Martina Serafin as Lady Macbeth, and Saimir Pirgu as Macduff. Conducted by Giampaolo Bisanti.
Sun May 14 at 12noon and Tues May 16 at 7:15pm
Camera 3 Entertainment 288 S. Second St., San Jose

The Berlioz Requiem – One of the most extraordinary works ever written performed by over 300 musicians including tenor Paul Groves and the SFS Chorus directed by Ragnar Bohlin; Charles Dutoit conducting.  Tues May 16 at 8pm

Les Contes d’Hoffmann (Offenbach) – Robert Carsen’s 2016 production for Paris’ Opera Bastille stars Ramon Vargas in the title role of the poet Hoffmann, with Roberto Tagliavini as the Four Villains, Stephanie d’Oustrac as the muse Nicklausse, Sabine Devieilhe as Olympia, Kate Aldrich as Giulietta, and Ermonela Jaho as AntoniaConducted by Philippe Jordan.
Sat May 20 at 7pm Jarvis Conservatory 1711 Main St., Napa

Tristan und Isolde (Wagner) – Teatro dell’Opera di Roma’s 2016 production directed by Pierre Audi with Andreas Schager as Tristan, Rachel Nicholls as Isolde, John Relyea (Adler 1997) as King Marke, Michelle Breedt as Brangäne, and Brett Polegato as Kurwenal. Conducted by Daniele Gatti.
Wed May 31 at 7pm
Opera Plaza Cinema 601 Van Ness Ave., SF
Del Mar Theatre 1124 Pacific Ave., Santa Cruz
Aquarius Theatre 430 Emerson St., Palo Alto


A Millennial Opera and Other Goodies

A Millennial Opera and Other Goodies

Ciao, Opera Mavens. We now have an opera designed originally for a cell phone (not kidding). It’s a very Millennial thing, only 11 minutes long, and only slightly raunchy. It’s called Broken Connection (The Tinder Opera).

Two rarities are currently out there, both streamed live this month from Culture Box:

Verdi’s Jerusalem, l’Opera Royal de Wallonie, Mar 23, 2017.

Rolando Villazon

Monteverdi’s Le retour d”Ulisse dans sa patrie, Théâtre des Champs-Elysées, Mar 13, 2017, with Rolando Villazon (Merola 1998).

Two new offerings from The Opera Platform are coming up on Apr 1 and 2.

Donizetti’s Lucretia Borgia from Palau de les Arts in Valencia, hometown of the Borgia family, 10am Apr 1.

Mussorgsky’s Sorochintsy Fair, Komische Opera Berlin, 10am Apr 2.


Two Quick Opera News Items

Ciao, Opera Mavens. If you missed the March 18 Munich Andrea Chenier with Jonas Kaufmann, the performance is now available on YouTube. Click here.

Thinking of going to Santa Fe for the opera this summer? Carol Rabin at Creative Travel Arrangers may be just what you’re looking for:

Santa Fe Opera tour – August 1-6, 2017

Join an exciting opera tour to Santa Fe which includes air transportation, first class hotel, 4 operas (Alcina, Golden Cockerel, Lucia di Lammermoor, and The (R)evolution of  Steve Jobs), plus a Chamber Music Concert, sightseeing, and much more!

Creative Travel Arrangers (650) 854 4412 or email: carolrabin@gmail.com


Newsy Opera News

Newsy Opera News

Ciao, Opera Mavens. Here’s a quick update:

Verdi Opera Cancelled After Star Tenor Arrested For Domestic Violence
from Pizzicato

Neal Degrasse Tyson

Neil deGrasse Tyson Goes On A Twitter Rant About The NEA
from Huffington Post

While US Considers Killing Federal Arts Funding, Canada Proposes $1.8 Billion Increase In Arts Budget
from The Globe and Mail (Canada)

Klaus Floriean Vogt

For fans of Erich Korngold’s Die Tote Stadt. A marvelous production from the Finish National Opera (2010) is now available in the Medici.tv catalog. Stars Klaus Florian Vogt as Paul.

Ildebrando D’Archangelo

An OperaBobb sidebar: A few days ago, PBS KQED broadcast a performance of the Verdi Requiem conducted by Gustavo Dudamel at the Hollywood Bowl. The bass-baritone part was sung by Ildebrando D’Archangelo, who we will see at the SF Opera this June in Don Giovanni. DG opens on Jun 4 and includes the FREE simulcast at AT&T ballpark on Jun 30.