A Fix for Mefistofele + a Great Find

Angel Blue

Angel Blue

Ciao, Opera Mavens. In the last OperaBobb post there was a link for Boito’s Mefistofele. That link stopped working the day after the posting. It became “not available” in the U.S. HOWEVER, I found a different link which works. It is, by the way, an exciting production with Erwin Schrott, Charles Castronovo (Merola 1998), and Angel Blue (Clara in SF Opera’s Porgy and Bess in 2009). See: Boito’s Mefistofele from Baden-Baden (2016).

Valery Gergiev

Valery Gergiev

For Richard Strauss fans: I also discovered a marvelous Die Frau ohne Schatten (2011) from the Mariinsky Theater in St. Petersburg. Valery Gergiev conducts.


Opera Potpourri

Ciao, Opera Mavens. Here’re some opera goodies you should know about:

From Stanford University and Valhalla Productions, Wagner’s Siegfried, complete and fully staged, with orchestra and English and German titles:

—>  Sat Nov 26 at 6:30pm and Sun Nov 27 at 3pm at the Cubberley Community Center Theatre in Palo Alto.

—> Sat Dec 10 at 6:30pm and Sun Dec 11 at 3pm at the Diego Rivera Theatre, City College of San Francisco.

Franco Faggioli

Franco Faggioli

On Concert.art.tv from La Philharmonie de Paris, stream Mozart’s Lucio Silla with the marvelous coloratura countertenor Franco Faggioli.  

On Culturebox from Baden-Baden, stream Boito’s Mefistofele.

Eva-Marie Westbroek

Eva-Marie Westbroek

Coming up on Sat Dec 3 at 10am, from Vienna stream Puccini’s La Fanciulla del West with Eva-Marie Westbroek and Jose Cura.

Coming up on Sun Dec 4 at 10am, from Munich stream Shostakovich’s Lady Macbeth of Mtzensk.

Coming up on The Opera Platform Dec 23 at 11am stream Rimsky-Korsakov’s Le Coq d’or (The Golden Cockerel) from Theatre de la Monnaie.

Metropolitan Opera star Erie Mills is named Artistic Director for LivermoreValley Opera.

Taffel & Repp

Taffel & Repp

Finally, the friendly faces of Tom Taffel (host of the Opera House’s Littlefield Intermezzo Lounge and your Opera CruiseMeister) and Bill Repp (Opera House south entrance usher and your taxi procurer) were featured prominently in a recent issue of the Metropolitan Opera Guild’s Opera News Magazine.

Enjoy and Happy Thanksgiving!

Now! Incredible Wealth of Opera Streams Available

Ciao, Opera Mavens. Tons of new opera productions are available for the taking.

Teatro Real (Madrid)

Teatro Real (Madrid)

Here are a few I have recently seen.

Verdi’s Otello 2016 from Teatro Real, Madrid, Director David Alden, with Gregory Kunde, English subtitles.

Verdi’s Nabucco Oct 26, 2016 from Wallonie, Liege, Belgium, with Leo Nucci (at age 74).

Mozart’s Le Nozze di Figaro 2016 from Dutch National Opera.

Nadine Sierra

Nadine Sierra

Cavalli’s Eliogabalo 2016 from Paris Opera, with Paul Groves, and Nadine Sierra (Adler 2011-2012).

Wagner’s Fidelio Aug 12, 2015 from Salzburg

Festival, with Adrianna Pieczonka and Jonas Kaufmann. (This is my favorite on this list.)

Puccini’s La Boheme Oct 21, 2016 from Teatro Regio Torino on the occasion of teatro-regio-torinothe 120th Anniversary of the World Premiere, Teatro Regio Feb 1,1896.

Gounod’s Faust Aug 23, 2016 from Salzburg Festival, with Piotr Beczala and Ildar Abdrozakov.

Mozart’s Magic Flute Sep 21, 2016 from La Scala.

Tchaikovsky’s Eugene Onegin Aug 24, 2016 from Garsington Opera.

The above is just a sampling. For more options, check out:logo- opera platform

The Opera Platform (Europe) FREE

Vienna Staatsoper (Austria)

Arte.tv (France) FREE

i.Opera (Spain) FREE

Culturebox (France) FREElogo-medici

Medici.tv  FREE, except catalog

Indiana University (USA) FREE

Metropolitan Opera (USA)

YouTube full length operas  FREE

Logan D on YouTube FREE

Operacat (lists numerous opera links)

An OperaBobb sidebar: The above sites which are particularly good about announcing streams of future productions are: The Opera Platform, Vienna Staatsoper, Medici.tv, and Indiana University. My favorite is the Vienna Staatsoper. They stream their entire season and “encore” it in numerous time zones for a few days after their live stream.


RIP John Del Carlo

John Del Carlo and Catherine Cook in Nozze

John Del Carlo and Catherine Cook in San Francisco Opera 2015 Nozze di Figaro

Ciao, Opera Mavens. So sad to report that baritone John Del Carlo (Merola 1977) has passed away. He sang more than 30 roles at the San Francisco Opera starting in 1973. Below, enjoy the Barber of Seville Act 1 Finale from the Met 2007 production.