Anna Netrebko, Renée Fleming, Latonia Moore, ‘Animal Crossing: New Horizons’ Headline Top 10 Operas to Stream this Week

By David Salazar

In all the weeks we have done this feature, I would argue that few have been as exciting as the one previewed here.

Not only will audiences get to watch live opera, some live recitals, and unique past performances, but they also get to engage with some very new opera experiences. We trust that you will be equally excited about what’s on offer.

And don’t forget to check out important discussions taking place regarding issues of race and equality in opera with such programs as Karen Slack’s “KikiKonversations,” Kenneth Overton’s “Black Opera Live,” “The Sitdown with LB,” hosted by Lawrence Brownlee, and Mark S. Doss’ “Heart and Soul” series on Sunday afternoons.

Hansel and Gretel – Due Donne Productions (NOW)

For those seeking out a unique family experience, look no further than this creation by two opera singers from the New England Conservatory. The famed opera is adapted into a 30-minute version using the famed video game “Animal Crossing: New Horizons.” This is perfect for the whole family and likely an ideal introduction to opera for younger children. Check it out here.

Falstaff – Glyndebourne (NOW)

Glyndebourne will present a production of Verdi’s masterpiece with such artists as Christopher Purves in the iconic title role as well as Alasdair Elliott, Paolo Battaglia, Jennifer Holloway, Dina Kuznetsova, Peter Hoare, Marie-Nicole Lemieux, Adriana Kučerová, Bülent Bezdüz, Helen Atkinson Wood, Richard Dyball, and Tassis Christoyannis, among others.

Pull Back the Curtain – Pittsburgh Opera (NOW)

The Pittsburgh Opera has launched a brand new web series featuring members of the opera community providing audiences with insights into the creative process. The first episode of the series features  soprano Ashley Fabian, a winner of the 2020 Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions in her district of South Carolina, and baritone Brian Vu, who made his Met debut in last season’s production of “Der Rosenkavalier.”

Together / Apart Part II – Opera Atelier (July 28)

For those seeking out shorter form content, Opera Atelier will present a short performance video celebrating the work of resident photographer Bruce Zinger. There will be an emphasis on a production of “Dido and Aeneas” starring Wallis Giunta and Christopher Enns.

Wahnfriend – OperaVision /  Badisches Staatstheater Karlsruhe (July 28)

***Please note that OperaVision announced on July 27 that this stream had been canceled due to the fact that the rights had been withheld by the publisher. 

This 2017 world premiere production examines the political instrumentalization of Wagner’s work by his heirs. The work was composed by Avner Dorman and was a finalist at the International Opera Awards 2018 for “world premiere.” This is the unique opera experience of the week for those seeking out more modern fare.

Latonia Moore Recital – LA Opera (July 30)

Famed soprano Latonia Moore will make her virtual company debut with the LA Opera in a recital featuring music from Tchaikovsky’s “Eugene Onegin,” Puccini’s “Edgar,” songs by Rachmaninoff, and music by American composer Wintter Watts. She will be accompanied by Roberto Berrocal.

Tosca – DG Stage (July 30)

Those seeking out a recent live performance can turn to “Tosca” from Piazza del Plebiscito in Naples for the Teatro San Carlo. The performance, which will be featured on DG Stage, stars Anna Netrebko in the title role alongside Yusif Eyvazov as Cavaradossi and Ludovic Tézier as Scarpia.

The Madhatter’s Tea Party – Royal Opera House (July 31)

The Royal Opera House continues its #OurHouseToYourHouse program with a screening of ZooNation’s family-friendly “The Mad Hatter’s Tea Party.” The showcase is the perfect viewing experience for families around the world.

Renée Fleming in Washington D.C. – Metropolitan Opera (August 1)

In the second concert of its Met Stars Live in Concert, the company turns to superstar Renée Fleming as she performs from Dumbarton Oaks alongside pianist Robert Ainsley. The concert will feature music by Handel, Cantelube, Gounod, Strauss, Korngold, Leoncavallo, Puccini, Cilea, and Brahms, among others.

M. Butterfly – Santa Fe Opera (August 1)

On what would have been the night of the premiere of the new opera by Huang Ruo and David Henry Hwang, Santa Fe Opera will be presenting a short program that introduces the opera. The event will be hosted by Joshua Dennis.