J’Nai Bridges, Karen Slack, Ana María Martínez, Luciano Pavarotti, Luca Pisaroni Headline Top 10 Operas to Stream This Week

By David Salazar

This week’s recommendations kick off with a modern work followed by a long line of performances and productions dedicated to some of the repertory favorites.

As we head toward the end of the week, the theme shifts to major commemorations of JUNETEENTH. Here’s a look a the Top 10 operas to stream this week.

Le Soulier de Satin – Paris Opera (NOW)

The Paris Opera will stream its production of the Dalbavie and Fleury opera which stars Eve-Maud Hubeaux, Luca Pisaroni, Marc Labonnette, Yann Beuron, Nicolas Cavalier, Jean-Sébastien Bou, Béatrice Uria-Monzon, Éric Huchet, Vannina Santoni, Max Emanuel Cencic, Julien Dran, and Camile Poul, among others. Dalbavie conducts his own opera.

Watch it here. 

Wagner Magic II – MÜPA Budapest (June 16)

“Wagner Magic II.” will star Schöck Atala, Gerhard Siegel, Catherine Foster, Simone Schneider, Corby Welch, Albert Dohmen, and Tomasz Konieczny. Adam Fischer leads the performance, which features music from “Der Fliegende Holländer.”

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The Drama of Tosca – Opera Philadelphia (June 17)

Opera Philadelphia will stream its popular reimagining of the Puccini classic with Ana María Martínez, Brian Jagde, and Quinn Kelsey taking on the lead roles. Check out how the opera was adapted and altered into a 90-minute version.

Watch it here. 

Rigoletto – Metropolitan Opera (June 18)

The big draw here is undeniably Luciano Pavarotti in a role he dominated throughout his career. He is flanked in the 1981 performance by a solid cast that also includes Christiane Eda-Pierre, Isola Jones, Louis Quilico, and Ara Berberian.

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Don Giovanni – National Theatre Prague / OperaVision (June 18)

In keeping with the theme of classic operas to stream this week, we turn to Mozart’s perennial classic from Prague in a new production that seeks to reinterpret the work. The decision to hire Alexander Mørk-Eidem was the first time that the company hired a non-Czech director to present his vision for the opera, which famously premiered in Prague. The opera stars Pavol Kubáň, Jana Sibera, Alžběta Poláčková, Lenka Máčiková, Miloš Horák, Richard Samek, Lukáš Bařák, and Zdeněk Plech.

Watch it here. 

Annual Fund Gala – Teatro Grattacielo (June 18)

Teatro Grattacielo will stream its annual fund gala, which will be headlined by soprano Karen Slack. The showcase, which will feature music by Mascagni, Castelnuovo-Tedesco, Samaras, Pizzetti, Alfano, Cilea, Zandonai, Leoncavallo, and Giordano, will also star  sopranos Clara Lisle, Clara Luz Iranzo, Kinneret Ely, Sarah Rose Johnson, and Kiena Williams; mezzo-soprano Eugenia Forteza; tenors Diego Valdez, Pedro Sequera, and Donghyuk Chung; and baritone Hyunsoon Kim.

Watch it here. 

JUNETEENTH: Opera in the Key of Freedom – NEMPAC Opera Project (June 19)

Vocalists Veena Akama-Makia, RaShaun Campbell, Kay Patterson, and Fred VanNess Jr. will lead a concert performance featuring the music of Black composers from the last 250 years such as Chevalier de Saint-Georges, William Grant Still, Scott Joplin, and more. The program will also include the world premiere of Mason Bynes “If Singing is Free,” a NEMPAC opera project commissioned for the concert.

Watch it here. 

Pity These Ashes: Tulsa 1921-2021 – The Harlem Chamber Players (June 19)

The Harlem Chamber Players will present “Pity These Ashes: Tulsa 1921-2021” in partnership with The Greene Space at WQXR and WNYC, Harlem Stage, and the Harlem School of the Arts. The showcase will star J’Nai Bridges and the world premiere of Dr. Adolphus Hailstork’s “TULSA 1921: (Pity These Ashes, Pity This Dust)” as well as Jessie Montgomery’s “Starburst,” Alice Coltrane’s “Prema,” and Trevor Weston’s “The People Could Fly.”

Watch it here. 

The Little Light of Mine – Santa Fe Opera & Kentucky Opera (June 19)

Audiences will get a chance to check out a workshop of this upcoming opera by Chandler Carter and Diana Solomon-Glover. The work highlights the light of voting rights activist Fannie Lou Harmer whose efforts culminated in the passing of the Voting Rights Act of 1965. The opera will star Nicole Joy Mitchell, Aundi Marie Moore, and Heather Hill.

Watch it here. 

Red Giant – Rhymes With Opera (June 20)

For those looking for something new, then Rhymes With Opera will be reviving this 2014 sci-fi opera with three singers performing from three different locations. The opera stars soprano Bonnie Lander, who will be performing from Baltimore, Maryland; soprano Elisabeth Halliday-Quan from Rochester, New York; and baritone Robert Maril from New York, New York.

Watch it here.