Leontyne Price, Andriana Chuchman, Leo Nucci, Thomas Hampson, Luca Pisaroni Headline Top 10 Operas to Stream This Week

By David Salazar

This week’s top 10 will feature numerous selections ranging from baroque operas to more modern works, including one by Rufus Wainwright. Those who are looking for some star power can bank on a Leontyne Price special flanked by Giuseppe Giacomini and Leo Nucci.

Or maybe you want some comedic gold, in which case we have two distinct productions and four operas overall.

Or maybe you want more intimacy in your opera experience – get ready for a solitary double bill from Toronto featuring two operas centering around phone calls.

And of course, there are a couple of world premieres coming up. Here are our top 10 operas to stream this week!

Le Roi Malgré – UPSTREAMING / Fisher Center (Now)

Revisit this 2012 production of a rare comic French opera starring then-rising stars Andriana Chuchmann and Michele Angelini, alongside Liam Bonner, Nathalie Paulin, Jeffrey Mattsey, and Jason Ferrante, among others.

Watch it here.

 The Telephone / La Voix Humaine – Toronto City Opera (NOW)

Toornto City Opera brings a unique double bill experience that features Poulenc’s famed “La Voix Humaine” alongside Menotti’s “The Telephone.” The works are headlined by Nicole Dubinsky, Johnathon Kirby, and Rachel Krehm.

Watch it here.

Acis and Galatea – Haymarket Opera (Now – Nov. 8)

Haymarket Opera launched its first-ever opera performance on video. The showcase, which was released this past weekend features video projections to create the stage world while maintaining its performers at safe distances throughout. The production stars Kimberly Jones, Michael St. Peter, David Goverston, Kaitlin Foley, Mallory Harding, Ryan Townsend Strand, Jianghai Ho, and Dorian McCall. For those seeking out a baroque production, Haymarket’s rendition is not only on point visually, but also stylistically from a musical perspective.

Watch it here.

Le Temps des Fôrets – Constantinople (Nov. 2)

Constantinople will open its 2020-21 season with a video performance of a new musical and poetic work that tells the stories of people living in long-term care facilities. The work feaures wide range of artists, including soprano Suzie Leblanc.

Watch the performance here.

Primadonna – OperaVision / Royal Swedish Opera (Nov. 5)

OperaVision will stream a production of Rufus Wainwright’s meta-opera with a cast starring Elin Rombo, Beate Mordal, Jeremy Carpenter, Conny Thimander, nd Ruben Lundström, among others.

Watch it here.

La Forza del Destino – Metropolitan Opera (Nov. 6)

The Met Opera presents a historic recording of Verdi’s “La Forza del Destino” with legendary soprano Leontyne Price alongside Leo Nucci, Giuseppe Giacomini, and Bonaldo Giaiotti. This is one of Price’s great roles and she’s flanked by an equally impressive cast in one of Verdi’s most underrated masterworks.

Watch it here.

Suor Angelica – Opera a Sassari (Nov. 6-8)

Opera a Sassari will stream Puccini’s famed opera with a cast featuring Maria Teresa Leva in the title role and Anna Maria Chiuri as the Princess. Aldo Sisillo conducts the production which is set to be directed by Giulio Ciabatt.

Watch it here.

Un Ballo in Maschera – San Francisco Opera (Nov. 7-8)

With the election taking place, San Francisco Opera is presenting an opera about a governor struggling between his duty to his people and to his personal interests. San Francisco Opera will present Verdi’s masterwork with a cast starring Thomas Hampson, Julianna Di Giacomo, Ramón Vargas, Dolora Zajick, and Christian Van Horn among others.

Watch it here.

The Soldier’s Return – Opera Sunderland (Nov. 8)

Opera Sunderland is set to world premiere this unique opera by Marcos Fernandez-Barrero and Jacob Poley, which is based on interviews with modern-day veterans. The work emphasizes the challenges soldiers face after returning home from conflict.

Watch it here.

Don Giovanni – Gran Teatre del Liceu (Nov. 8)

Due to the shutdown, the Gran Teatre del Liceu could not conclude its run of performances of Mozart’s famed opera with an all-star cast. However, the company will stream the work on Nov. 8, allowing those who would have gotten a chance to see it live (and those who couldn’t) to enjoy the opera. The cast includes Christopher Maltman in the title role alongside Miah Persson as Donna Anna, Ben Bliss as Don Ottavio, Véronique Gens as Donna Elvira, and Luca Pisaroni as Leporello, among others.

Watch it here.