Jonas Kaufmann, Rolando Villazón, Marina Rebeka, Michael Fabiano Headline Top 10 Operas to Stream This Week

By David Salazar

This week there will be a mix of live streams with older performances also shown on various streaming platforms.

And just a reminder to not forget to check out important discussions taking place regarding issues of race and equality in opera. We continue to recommend checking out several online shows such 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.

New Voices at La Scala (July 13)

The Teatro alla Scala will present a concert featuring former students the Academy including Irina Lungu, Federica Guida, Caterina Sala, Szilvia Voros, Raffaele Abete, Fabio Capitanucci, Jongmin Park, and pianist Michele Gamba. The group will perform music by Rossini, Mozart, Verdi, Massenet, Puccini, and Gounod.

‘Concert Solidaire’- Opéra de Paris (July 13, 14)

July 14 is France’s Bastille Day. This year, the Opéra de Paris will host a concert affair at the Palais Garnier with Julie Fuchs, Stéphane Degout, and conductor Philippe Jordan. The concert will be offered in honor of those that have risked their lives throughout the COVID-19 crisis.

Madama Butterfly – Pacific Opera Project (July 15)

What if Puccini’s perennial opera had been composed in the original languages of the characters? If Cio-Cio San sang in Japanese and Pinkerton sang in English? Pacific Opera Project answered that question with its recent production of the venerated classic. And now audiences can check it out this week on the company’s official YouTube channel. Moreover, the stream will feature a watch party in which audiences will get a chance to check out interviews with the creative team.

La Traviata – Teatro Real de Madrid (July 15)

For those getting FOMO from seeing people in Madrid get treated to live opera with major opera stars from around the world, this is your chance to get in on the fun. Marina Rebeka, Michael Fabiano, and Artur Rucinski star in the iconic opera in a performance that will be broadcast live via MyOperaPlayer.

Serenata Latina – Deutsche Grammophon Stage (July 16)

Famed tenor Rolando Villazón will join forces with harpist Xavier de Maistre for a program of Latin American song from the Théâtre des Bouffes Parisiens. This is a great opportunity to familiarize yourself with the unique repertory of Latin American songs and become reacquainted with the great artistry of Villazón and de Maistre.

Jonas Kaufmann Recital – Metropolitan Opera (July 18)

The famed tenor will open the Met Opera’s new pay-per-view series with a live concert from the Poling Abbey in Bavaria. He will perform music from “Roméo et Juliette” “Turandot,” “Tosca,” “L’Arlesiana,” “Carmen,” and “Andrea Chénier,” alongside pianist Helmut Deutsche.

Fellow Travelers – Cincinnati Opera (July 18)

Gregory Spears and Greg Pierce’s “Fellow Travelers” will be featured in a 2016 production featuring Aaron Blake, Joseph Lattanzi, Devon Guthrie, Alexandra Schoeny, and Marcus DeLoach. This is the perfect opportunity to become familiar with one of the great operas of the 21st century.

Global Gala Concert – Barcelona Festival of Song (July 18)

The 16th edition of the Barcelona Festival of Song will draw to a close with a Global Gala Concert starring such artists from around the world. They include Carrie Culver, Lori Sen, Darci Bultema, David Rivera Bozon, Regina Stroncek, Isai Munoz, Alejandro Fonte, Alexa Anderson, Eugenia Forteza, Stella Roden, Emiliano Zapata, and Cherie Hughes. This is an opportunity to engage with rising stars of tomorrow.

“Tristan und Isolde” Highlights – Santa Fe Opera (July 18)

The Santa Fe Opera would have opened a new production of the Wagner masterpiece on Saturday. Instead, the company will present a streamed event hosted by bass-baritone Ryan McKinny featuring excerpts from the iconic work and other special features.

Le Comte Ory – Des Moines Metro Opera (July 19)

Few operas are quite as exhilarating as Rossini’s late French comedy, here presented in a production from 2014. The cast includes Taylor Stayton in the title role and Stephanie Lauricella. Also in the cast are star singers Sydney Mancasola and Steven LeBrie, just a few years away from their major breakouts. It’s always fascinating to remember that major careers are not over-night sensations and nothing tops seeing major singers in the years preceding their big turns.

Other singers in this cast include Wayne Tigges and Margaret Latimore.