Ciao, Opera Mavens. We hope you are all staying safe & sane during these extraordinary times, and that these updates from & about some of our favorite companies & artists help brighten the days ahead.
LIVERMORE VALLEY OPERA livermorevalleyopera.com
Check out the LVO YouTube channel, where every Friday at 7pm PDT they release another opera from their archives. A Florentine Tragedy (Zemlinsky) and Gianni Schicchi (Puccini) debuted last week; Eugene Onegin (Tchaikovsky) starts tonight. Also, despite the cancellation of their last two performances, LVO made the decision to pay their singers and orchestral musicians in full, so any donations would be much appreciated.
OPERA SANTA BARBARA operasb.org
Our friends to the south are also offering streaming videos via YouTube. Daniel Catan’s Il Postino (The Postman) was released Tue April 7 and is available for viewing until Tue April 14 when Robert Ward’s The Crucible will be released at 5pm PDT; Tchaikovsky’s Eugene Onegin follows on Tue April 21. Their Facebook page also has some wonderful content, including a quiz of mezzo Audrey Babcock and bass-baritone Wayne Tigges (who play Elizabeth and John Proctor) on Crucible trivia.
OPERA SAN JOSE operasj.org
Whatever else you do, don’t miss OSJ’s FREE viewing of its 2011 production of Idomeneo (Mozart) beginning April 18 and available through May 18. Jointly produced with the Packard Humanities Institute, which generously underwrote the production and all rights for continued sharing online, this rarely presented, larger-than-life work features ground-breaking performances by artists who have since gone on to international fame, dance segments by choreographer Dennis Nahat performed by the Ballet San Jose (which ceased operations in 2016), and an orchestra conducted by world-famed Mozart interpreter George Cleve (who passed away in 2015). Click here for more information.
SAN FRANCISCO OPERA sfopera.com
With the fate of their summer season yet to be determined, SFO has launched the Opera is ON website, currently featuring Adler Fellows singing their favorite “Odes to Joy”.
And although he wasn’t an Adler Fellow, check out Ryan McKinny’s “Keep The Music Going” videos; we especially enjoyed the exceedingly clever Das Rheingold: Coronadämmerung with Jamie Barton and The Marriage of Figaro – Finale by the Houston Grand Opera Studio and Alumni.
METROPOLITAN OPERA metopera.org
The 800-lb gorilla in the room continues with Week 5 of its nightly free screenings; click here for more info.
Mon April 13 – Rusalka (Dvořák) with Renée Fleming and Piotr Beczała (from February 2014)
Tue April 14 – Boris Godunov (Mussorgsky) starring René Pape (October 2010)
Wed April 15 – La Rondine (Puccini) with Angela Gheorghiu and Roberto Alagna (January 2009)
Thu April 16 – Le Comte Ory (Rossini) with Diana Damrau, Joyce DiDonato, and Juan Diego Flórez (April 2011)
Fri April 17 – Madama Butterfly (Puccini) with Patricia Racette, Marcello Giordani, and Dwayne Croft (March 2009)
Sat April 18 – Adriana Lecouvreur (Cilea) with Anna Netrebko, Anita Rachvelishvili, Piotr Beczała, and Ambrogio Maestri (Jan 2019)
Sun April 19 – Der Rosenkavalier (R.Strauss) with Renée Fleming, Elīna Garanča, Erin Morley, and Günther Groissböck (May 2017)
Last but not least, here’s a great article from the San Francisco Classical Voice on How to Help Local Artists Stay Afloat.
Keep the faith & enjoy!