Ringhead Alert and Other Opera News

Ciao, Opera Mavens. Some good streaming coming up plus great news about our local Maestro Paiement, who is about to conduct Opera Parallele’s new production of Jonathon Dove’s comic opera Flight.

BBC offers the “North Opera” acclaimed production of Wagner’s Ring Cycle starting Feb 12: Watch “The End of the World” on the BBC.

Opera Parallele’s (and Dallas Opera’s) Nicole Paiement on national news: Paiement on PBS News Hour.

Mark your calendar! for Feb 26 at 8am! It’s Joyce DiDonato (Merola 1997) and Lawrence Brownlee in Rossini’s Semiramide from Munich.

Yea Team! The English subtitles are now up on the wonderful Monnaie production of Rimsky-Korsakov’s The Golden Cockerel (Le Coq D’or) on The Opera Platform. Mavens, you’ll never see a more exciting chicken in any opera. Trust me.


Opera Travel Goodies

Ciao, Opera Mavens. Some exciting opera travel opportunities coming up:

Travel with Carol Rabin to the Met (4 operas) and SantaFe (4 operas)


 Metropolitan OperaApril 24 – 30, 2017

Santa Fe Opera, August 1 – 6, 2017


Creative Travel Arrangers, [tel: (650) 854 4412 – email: carolrabin@gmail.com

Travel with Opera Cruisemeister Tom Taffel to Italy (2 operas), France, and Spain (1 opera).

Mediterranean Island Escapes:  Italy, France, & Spain Group Cruise  With three operas:   Tosca  ~  Il Trovatore   ~  Nabucco, July 22 to August 5, 2017

This OPERA group sailing aboard the 690 passenger Azamara “QUEST” offers complimentary spirts, wine and beer, gratuities, shipboard credit, four specialty dinners and unlimited WiFi.  You will have a unique opportunity to combine two back-to-back cruises: July 22-29, 2017 (Rome to Barcelona) plus July 29 to August 5, 2017: (Barcelona to Rome), with an overnight in Barcelona where you can see Verdi’s Il Trovatore.

Ports of call:  Civitavecchia (Rome), Italy ~ Livorno (Florence & Pisa), Italy ~ Portofino, Italy ~ Monte-Carlo, Monaco ~ Saint-Tropez, France ~ Marseilles (Provence), France ~ Barcelona, Spain ~ Ibiza, Spain ~ Palma De Mallorca, Spain ~ Mahon, Menorca, Spain Bonifacio, Corsica, France ~ Portoferraio, Elba, Italy ~ Livorno (Florence & Pisa), Italy Civitavecchia (Rome), Italy.

Opera In Barcelona: 

Il Trovatore by Giuseppe Verdi, July 29, 2017, Barcelona, Gran Teatre del Liceu

Two Operas In Rome:

Nabucco by Giuseppe Verdi, August 5, 2017 In Italian, and surtitled in English

Tosca by Giacomo Puccini, August 6, 2017  In Italian, &  surtitled in English

Roma, Terme di Caracalla, Teatro dell’Opera di Roma

Your hosts will be San Francisco’s very own: Tom Taffel & Bill Repp, For more information, please e-mail Tom at: Tom@TomTaffel.com or telephone (415) 566-7673 or visit:  Tom’s Group Cruises.


YouTube Opera Bonanza for the New Year

Ciao, Opera Mavens. Get your YouTube on and enjoy:

Mozart: Cosi fan tutte Royal 2016 (English subtitles)

Mozart: The Marriage of Figaro La Scala 2016 (English subtitles)

Puccini: Madama Butterfly La Scala Dec 2016 (English subtitles)

Verdi: Macbeth Liceu Barcelona 2016 (English subtitles)

Verdi: Macbeth Latvia 2016

Bellini: Norma Royal 2016 (English subtitles)

Boito: Mefistofele San Francisco 2013 (English subtitles)

Mozart: Don Giovanni Wallonie Liege 2016

Donizetti: The Daughter of the Regiment Vienna 2016 (Same production as seen on SF Opera stage in 2009)

Verdi: Rigoletto Zurich 2016

Mozart: The Magic Flute La Scala 2016

Also, check out The Opera Platform:

Rimsky-Korsakov: The Golden Cockerel (Le Coq d’Or) Monnaie Dec 2016 (English subtitles soon)

Shostakovich: The Nose Royal Opera Nov 2016 (English subtitles)

Also, on iOpera:

Puccini: Manon Lescaut Bolshoi Oct, 2016

Wagner: The Flying Dutchman Madrid 2016