Hildegard Behrens, Jessye Norman, Stéphanie d’Oustrac Headline Top 10* Operas to Stream This Week

By David Salazar

This week’s recommendations list comes with a caveat – there are actually more that 10 performances to stream among our recommendations.

The reason? Some of the companies are presenting package deals that were simply too good to ignore.

If you are a lover of the standard repertory, we have a lot of unique options for you among this week’s recommendations. But we are also excited to recommend two very unique new experiences brought to you by some of the greatest pioneers in the opera industry.

As always, we are proud to present our top 10 operas to stream this week!

Opera scenes featuring the Wolf Trap Opera Studio- WofTrap (Now)

WolfTrap concludes its summer streaming with a series of opera scenes featuring its Opera Studio. This showcase features performances from such operas as “Così Fan Tutte,” “Iolanta,” “Eugene Onegin,” “La Bohème,” “The Crucible, ” “Ariodante,” “Champion,” “Fellow Travelers,” “The Rake’s Progress,” and “Billy Budd,” among others.

Watch it here.

Grammophone Awards  (Oct. 6)

Learn more about the winners of this year’s Gramophone Awards in a broadcast event that will also feature live performances and the winners of such prizes as Recording of the Year Award, Artist and Young Artist of the Year, Lifetime Achievement, Concept Album, Label of the Year, plus the only     Classical Music Award voted for by the public: Orchestra of the Year.

Watch it here.

Purcell – Odes for a Queen – St. John’s Smith Square (Oct 6,7)

St. John’s Smith Square will conclude its fall program with a pair of concerts featuring music by Purcell. The showcases will be presented with the music department of the University of Manchester and will feature soprano Julia Doyle, countertenors Christopher Lowrey and James Lain, tenors Anthony Gregory and Hugo Hymas, and bass Ashley Riches.

Watch the concerts here.

“Der Ring des Nibelungen” – Metropolitan Opera (Oct. 7-10)

Looking at this week full of great Wagner performances, one could recommend any (and we do). But the historic Ring cycle featuring Otto Schenk’s beloved production is simply too good to pass up, especially with an amazing cast headlined by James Morris and Hildegard Behrens. If you had to pick just one of the four performances, “Die Walküre” is the way to go (Jessye Norman’s Sieglinde is one of the best committed to video), but don’t sleep on the others. If you can, sit with this Ring over the four nights to experience what is arguably one of the best versions committed to home video.

Watch the operas here.

No Boundaries Virtual Gala – Opera Parallele Gala (Oct. 8)

Opera Parallèle opens its 2020-21 season with a unique gala experience featuring Christabel Nunoo and Michael Mayes. There will also be a performance of a “graphic novel” opera by Joby Talbot and Gene Scheer, starring Nikola Printz and Nathan Granner. Opera Parallèle is a pioneer in bringing unique opera experiences to its audiences and there is no doubt this gala will be one such event.

Watch it here.

Episode 1: Both Gladsome and Grievous – Decameron Opera Coalition (Oct. 9)

The Decameron Opera Coalition will release the first three episodes of its series, including “The Happy Hour,” “Everything Comes to a Head”  by Lyric Opera of the North, and “The Late Walk,” by Bare Opera. The series will be hosted by bass-baritone Luca Pisaroni.

Watch it here.

Gianni Schicchi – Opera Ithaca (Starts Oct. 9)

Opera Ithaca will launch a unique film version of the Puccini comedy starring Dennis Jesse in the title role and Elena Galván as Lauretta. Daniel Bates takes on Rinuccio, Steven Stull appears as Simone, and Emily Pulley interprets Zita. Finally, Nicholas Davis makes his company debut as Betto.

Watch the opera here.

Carmen – The Dallas Opera (Oct. 9)

The Dallas Opera will showcase a highly touted production of Bizet’s masterpiece starring Stéphanie d’Oustrac in the title role with Stephen Costello as Don José, Sara Gartland as Micaëla, and Alexander Vinogradov as Escamillo. Pierre Vallet conducted the production by Sir David McVicar. Check out the opera here.

Live from the Cullen – Houston Grand Opera (Oct. 9)

The Houston Grand Opera will continue its Live from the Cullen series, this time starring Reginald Smith Jr. and Richard Bado. You can watch the performance on Marquee TV.

Schwanengesang – Pindrop Events (Oct 9-11)

Pindrop Events will present a reimagined version of 14 songs from the final Schubert’s Lieder cycle “Schwanengesang” with such opera stars as Kim-Lillian Strebel, Rachel Fenlon, and Ana Schwedhelm, mezzo-soprano Rebecca Jo Loeb, baritone Jóhann Kristinsson, and tenor Peter Kirk.

Watch the event here.