Ciao, Opera Mavens. First, famed Spanish conductor Jesús López Cobos died this past week. He conducted five times at the SF Opera starting in the 1972-73 season. His last appearance was conducting Cenerentola in 2014. He was 78.
Next, the Vienna Staatsoper yesterday began streaming a wonderful production of Handel’s Ariodante. Title title role is sung by the great British mezzo Dame Sara Connolly. William Christie conducts. Stream it if you can. Ariodante Synopsis.