Jonas Kaufmann Streams (FREE)

Ciao, Opera Mavens. Mark your calendar for two FREE Jonas Kaufmann performances from the Bayerische Staatsoper in Munich: Il Trovatore (Verdi) production of Jul 5, 2013. VOD available now through Mar 28. Die Tote Stadt (Korngold) scheduled live for Jul 19 at 11:30am...

Great Operas at Home During Virus Pause

Ciao, Opera Mavens. During this time of opera closings around the planet, you can satisfy your opera cravings with an amazing array of FREE streams: New York’s Metropolitan Opera will run daily streams FREE starting March 16. Beginning Monday night with the 2010...

Opera News to Peruse

Ciao, Opera Mavens. Let’s get right to it: Sheri Greenawald, Longtime Leader Of San Francisco Opera’s Young Artist Programs, To Retire  – San Francisco Chronicle    News About Merola Grads (thanks to Opera Maven Andrea Julien): “The Glyndebourne Opera Cup...

R.I.P. Mirella Freni

Ciao, Opera Mavens. Today we learned of the death, after a long illness, of soprano Mirella Freni. She was 84. She sang in five seasons with the San Francisco Opera, 1967 through 1988. Both her first and last appearances were in La Boheme with Luciano Pavarotti. Fron...

R.I.P. Franz Mazura

Ciao Opera Mavens. Famed bass-baritone Franz Mazura died yesterday at age 95. Starting in 1968 he sang with the San Francisco Opera such roles as Jochanaan, Wotan, Don Pizarro, and Orest. He sang Alberich in the 1990 Ring. Obituary: Famed Bass-Baritone Franz Mazura...