Diana Damrau, Joyce DiDonato, Juan Diego Flórez, Raven McMillon, Javier Camarena Headline Top 10 Operas to Stream This Week

By David Salazar

This week’s streaming options are definitely among the most exciting in a long time. Why? Because in addition to a number of major opera stars coming together, we have a wide variety, perhaps moreso than any previous list.

Baroque opera? Check. Modern opera? Check. World Premiere? Check. A modern take on a standard classic? Check. Comedy? Check. Competition? Check. Three tenors? Yes, that also.

You get the idea. Now here’s the full picture.

(***Some of these performances may be region-blocked (only accessible to people connected to a network in a specific country). But you can gain access by using a VPN. For find out more, click here. )

The Dallas Opera – The Heart of Song (May 25)

Those with a craving for some tenors, then this is the show for you. The latest showcase from the Dallas Opera will feature Javier Camarena, Rolando Villazón, David Lomelí as they perform Latin American music.

Watch it here. 

Myths and Hymns – MasterVoices (May 26)

MasterVoices will unleash the final part of its epic project “Myths and Hymns.” This final edition features six short films featuring such stars as Ailyn Perez, Anthony Roth Costanzo, and Nicholas Phan, among many others.

Watch it here. 

BMP: Next Gen – Beth Morrison Projects (May 27)

For those interested in more of a competition setting, then this showcase is the one for you. The two winners (out of 10 composers) will get a chance to each present a 30-minute piece in the final with the winner getting a full commission that includes development and a world premiere.

Watch it here. 

The Resurrection – Opera Atelier (May 27)

For those who want a baroque opera experience, then don’t miss the chance to check out the Canadian premiere of Handel’s first opera. The work will star Carla Huhtanen, Meghan Lindsay, Allyson McHardy, Colin Ainsworth, and Douglas Williams.

Watch it here. 

Gallup (Na’nízhoozhí) – LA Opera (May 28)

LA Opera will be premiering this unique new work by composer Matthew Aucoin, poet Jake Skeets, and filmmaker Blackhorse Lowe. Featured vocalists are countertenor Anthony Roth Costanzo and bass-baritone Davóne Tines.

Watch it here. 

Hansel and Gretel – Houston Grand Opera (May 28)

For those seeking out an opera experience for the whole family, then you can’t go wrong with the Humperdinck classic. The opera will feature mezzo-soprano Sun-Ly Pierce in the role of Hansel, soprano Raven McMillon in the role of Gretel, tenor Richard Trey Smagur as The Witch, mezzo-soprano Lindsay Kate-Brown as Gertrude, baritone Blake Denson in the role of Peter, and soprano Elena Villalón in the roles of Dew Fairy and the Sandman.

Watch it here.

La Clemenza di Tito – OperaVision / Bergen National Opera  (May 29)

Bror Magnus Tødenes, Beate Mordal, Adrian Angelico, and Frøy Hovland Holtbakk headline Mozart’s famed opera in a production from the Bergen National Opera. This production by Rodula Gaitanou gives the famed work a modern touch, so this is clearly for those that want a different experience of a well-known opera.

Circus Days and Nights – Mälmo Opera (May 29)

This should be fun. Philip Glass’ new opera is based on a series of poems by American poet Robert Lax and will feature a fusion of circus and opera performers. Sopranos Elin Rombo and Margaux De Valensart will lead the cast, which also features Simon Wiborn, Jakob Högström, Nikolas Pulka, Karolina Blixt, Aaron Hakala, Andreas De Ryck, Susanna Stern, Lars Johansson Brissman, Methinee Wongtrakoon, Peter Âberg, Beatriz Pantojo, and Pierre Heault.

Watch it here. 

Lear – Bayerische Staatsoper (May 30)

Those with some interest in a modern work, then the Bayerische’s production of Reimann’s opera will be quite satisfied. The cast will be headlined by Christian Gerhaher, Edwin Crossley-Mercer, Ivan Ludlow, Jamez McCorkle, Angela Denoke, Ausrine Stundyte, and Hanna-Elisabeth Müller.

Watch it here. 

Le Comte Ory – Metropolitan Opera (May 30)

For those seeking out some high-powered comedy, then look no further than this production of “Le Comte Ory” starring Diana Damrau, Joyce DiDonato, and Juan Diego Flórez. That final trio is comic gold.

Watch it here.