Chevalier de Saint-George, J’Nai Bridges, Samuel Ramey, Anthony Roth Costanzo Headline Top 10 Operas to Stream This Week

By David Salazar

It is going to be a fun opera week with a lot of unique viewing experiences for opera lovers around the world.

There are modern operas. There are concerts with famed arias. There’s a mystery story. There’s a battle between two queens. There’s some Schubert songs. And a Rossini mass.

And of course, there is a high-profile company premiere of an opera by Chevalier de Saint-George.

So without further ado, here are our 10 opera recommendations for the week.

Rival Queens – Divaria Productions (Nov. 12)

Divaria Productions will take a deep dive into the conflict between Queen Elizabeth I and Mary Stuart, Queen of Scots in a production that will feature music by Donizetti as well as documentary footage of letters from the two regents. The production will feature soprano Ashley Galvani Bell as Mary Queen of Scots, mezzo-soprano Anna Tonna as Queen Elizabeth I, Michal Gizinski as the Narrator, and tenor Andrew Owens as Leicester.

Watch the production here.

Sleuth Salon – New Camerata Opera (Nov. 12)

Director Jennifer Williams leads New Camerata Opera in a unique virtual experience that will play on the “who-done-it” narrative. It’s a major change of pace and likely one of the fun highlights of the week.

Watch it here.

Live from the Opera House – Sarasota Opera (Nov. 13 & 15)

Sarasota Opera will present a concert with music by Verdi, Rossini, Wagner, Puccini, and Mozart with such artists as sopranos Hanna Brammer, Anna Mandina, and Caitlin Crabill, tenors Andrew Surrena and Samuel Schlievert, baritone Alexander Boyd, and bass Young Bok Kim. The singers will be accompanied by Jesse Martins and George Hemcher at the piano.

Watch it here.

Cantata for a More Hopeful Tomorrow – Washington Chorus (Nov. 14)

Timed perfectly for our world circumstances (in more ways than one), the Washington Chorus presents this new Damien Geter as part of its 2020-21 season. The work will be headlined by soprano Aundi Marie Moore, cellist Seth Parker Woods, and over 100 singers of the Washington Chorus.

Watch it here.

L’Amant Anonyme – Los Angeles Opera (Nov. 14)

The Los Angeles Opera has announced that it will kick off its On Now streaming platform with the company premiere of Joseph Bologne’s “The Anonymous Lover.”

The work will be conducted by James Conlon and will be directed by Bruce Lemon Jr. The cast will be comprised of members of the company’s young artist program including tenor Robert Stahley, soprano Tiffany Townsend, soprano Alaysha Fox, baritone Michael J. Hawk, mezzo-soprano Gabriela Flores, and countertenor Jacob Ingbar.

Watch the opera via the company’s official website.

Nacht – Brooklyn Art Song Society (Nov. 14)

The Brooklyn Art Song Society will continue its 2020-21 season with another concert dedicated to the music of Franz Schubert. This showcase will feature tenors Daniel McGrew and Joseph Tancredi joining forces with baritones Jorell Williams and Mario Diaz-Moresco for such songs as “Die Sterne” and “Der Erlkönig,” among many others. Spencer Myer and Michael Brofman will perform at the piano.

Watch it here.

Akhnaten – Metropolitan Opera (Nov. 14)

The Met Opera will present its recent hit production of “Akhnaten” as part of its nightly streams. Audiences can check out a star-studded cast that included Anthony Roth Costanzo, J’Nai Bridges, and Zachary James among others with Karen Kamensek conducting.

“The 2019-20 season is still young,” said OperaWire’s review after the opening night performance, “but ‘Akhnaten’ undeniably rules at the Met and it may be some time before its audiences see anything of this divine quality.”

Watch it here.

Sis Solos Soles – Gran Teatre del Liceu (Nov. 14)

The Gran Teatre del Liceu will broadcast a single performance of this new show co-produced with Òpera de Butxaca. The micro-operas feature music by MusicAgustí Charles, Mario G. Cortizo, Raquel Garcia Tomás, Joan Magrané, Lucas Peire and Francesc Prat, among others.
Stream it here.

Boris Godunov – San Francisco Opera (Nov 14-15)

San Francisco Opera’s 2008 presentation of Modest Mussorgsky’s “Boris Godunov” was the Company’s first staging of the composer’s seven-scene, original 1869 version of the political drama. The historical production stars Samuel Ramey in the title role, John Uhlenhopp, Vitalij Kowaljow, and Vladimir Ognovenko, among others. Vassily Sinaisky conducts Stein Winge’s production.

Watch it here.

Messa di Milano – Rossini Opera Festival (Nov. 15)

The Rossini Opera Festival is going online this fall and the company will kick it off with a “Miserere” and “Milan Mass” conducted by Ferdinando Sulla. The performance will also feature the Filarmonica Gioachino Rossini and the Chorus of the Teatro della Fortuna as well as soloists Manuel Amati, Antonio Garés, Grigory Shkarupa, and Svetlina Stoyanova.

Watch it here.