Ciao, Opera Mavens. There are so many good opera streams right now, I don’t know where to begin: Culture Box, The Opera Platform, Logan D on YouTube, Medici, etc. This is your chance to experience works and composers not often available. So let’s begin:


On Culture Box – Benjamin Britten’s Death in Venice from Madrid. A beautiful production with a tenor who sounds amazingly like Peter Pears.

On The Opera Platform – Thomas Ades’s Powder Her Face from Monnaie (Belgium) performed Oct 2.

On Logan D on YouTube – Verdi’s Rigoletto from Vienna.

On Medici – Beethoven Symphony No. 9 from UC Berkeley on Sep 25 with Gustavo Dudamel and featuring the San Francisco Girls Chorus.

On YouTube – Rimsky-Korsakov’s The Snow Maiden (from 1952, animated and abridged).


From Indiana University Fri Oct 16 and 17 – Jake Heggie’s Dead Man Walking. Also available now is IU’s recent Barber of Seville and other past performances.

From Theatre des Champs Elysees on– Handel’s Theodora Oct 16.

From Vienna Staatsoper Thomas Ades’s The Tempest  (cost 14 Euros, $16.01 USD) Oct 18.

From the Paris Opera on – Schoenberg’s Moses und Aaron Oct 20.

From Bayerische Staatsoper Munich

Strauss’s Ariadne auf Naxos Oct 23.

Boito’s Mefistofele Nov 15.

Prokofiev’s Fiery Angel Dec 12

operabobbfbAn OperaBobb Sidebar: Many of you saw the Met’s HD Simulcast of Verdi’s Il Trovatore with Anna Netrebko (Merola 1996) and Dimitri Hvorostovsky (I was in Paris and missed it). The Internet has been abuzz with praise for this production. I haven’t found the complete opera on-line yet, but various excerpts are available on YouTube at Il Trovatore on YouTube.

And speaking of the Met, Creative Travel Arrangers still has a few of seats available on its Dec 9-14 Trip to the Met. Call Carol Rabin at 650-854-4412 or email