Juan Diego Flórez, Jonas Kaufmann, Anna Netrebko Headline Top 10 Operas to See This Week (4/6-13)

By David Salazar
(Photo by © Marco Brescia & Rudy Amisano | Teatro alla Scala)

It’s Monday, which means a lot of companies are re-upping their streaming services and offering up a completely new slate. Over the last few weeks, we have been emphasizing operas you should see over the weekend, but in reality that is just cutting down on the multitude of content opportunities out there.

So instead, we will be offering this up on Mondays with a look at the week ahead. So without further ado, here are the operas to check out the operas we recommend this week.

Acquanetta – Beth Morrison Projects

In keeping with its weekly slate of works, Beth Morrison Projects is presenting this work by Michael Gordon and Deborah Artman in the spirit of 1940s horror movies. It’s definitely the most unique experience that can be had this week in the opera streaming world.  

Giovanna d’Arco – Teatro alla Scala / RAI Play

For those who want a rare Italian opera with a dash of star power, then this early Verdi gem is perfect for you. “Giovanna d’Arco” stars Anna Netrebko, Francesco Meli, and Carlos Álvarez. Learn more about the performance that OperaWire called a “Historic performance” in our review here.

Elisir d’Amore – Bayerische Staatsoper

Maybe you crave some Bel Canto fireworks. Or maybe some light comedy. Well, Donizetti’s classic opera is the perfect compliment to those desires. And in this version, albeit raw and edgy as it may be, you will get a chance to check out Ailyn Pérez and Matthew Polenzani headline a showcase from 2015.

“The Secret Gardener” – On Site Opera

Back in 2017, On Site Opera set Mozart’s opera in a New York City park. That unique experience will be streamed on the company’s official YouTube channel. Learn more about that set of performances from our review back then.

Guillaume Tell” – Rossini Opera Festival / OperaVision (April 7)

As part of its month-long dedication to Italian Opera, OperaVision will showcase Rossini’s final masterpiece in a production headlined by Marina Rebeka, Juan Diego Flórez, and Nicola Alaimo. Michele Mariotti conducts. Few singers are better at the Bel Canto repertory than Flórez and Rebeka and that alone makes this production very worthy of your quarantine time.

Falstaff” – Metropolitan Opera (April 8, 2020)

You might be more inclined for the star-studded “Aida” from the Met starring Anna Netrebko and Anita Rachvelishvili, but in terms of pure quality there is nothing better than the “Falstaff” the company is presenting on April 8 with Lisette OropesaAngela Meade, Stephanie Blythe, Jennifer Johnson Cano, Paolo Fanale, and Ambrogio Maestri.

“La Bohème: AKA ‘The Hipsters’” – Pacific Opera Project (April 10, 2020)

A lot has been made of the company’s famed modern take on the Puccini classic. While they currently have a 2014 and 2012 version of the production streaming, the most recent showcase is set to land on the page this week. It might be too much “Bohème,” but it is a rare chance to see a project evolve over time.

Juan Diego Flórez in RecitalTeatro Colón de Buenos Aires (April 12, 2020)

Maybe you have seen enough opera over the last few weeks and days and want to shift away to something different, but not TOO different. Well, the Argentine company is presenting a recital performance featuring Juan Diego Flórez that was a major hit back when the tenor performed in Buenos Aires. You can get a chance to share that experience this weekend.

Der Rosenkavalier – Vienna State Opera (April 13, 2020)

There are a lot of incredible performances on offer this week from the Vienna State Opera, including two “Parsifals,” but we have to go with an older performance of R. Strauss’ masterwork under the musical direction of Carlos Klieber. These days, many of the streamed performances are from the past 15-20 years, so to get a look at the artistry of a few years before that is a breath of fresh air and change of pace. Felicity Lott, Anne Sofie Von Otter, Barbara Bonney, and Kurt Moll are a tremendous cast of artists.

Bonus: Parsifal – Three Different Companies

In celebration of Easter “Parisfal” will be broadcast by some of the major opera companies in the world. Take the Vienna State Opera which will present the opera, not once but TWICE this week on April 9 and 12 with two separate casts. Then there’s the Staatsoper Berlin which is streaming the same exact performance on April 10 and 13. Finally, the Met is presenting its famed “Parsifal” on April 9, starring Jonas Kaufmann. So if you love “Parsifal,” there are a lot of options this week.