Renée Fleming, Bryn Terfel, Angel Blue, Elizabeth Llewellyn, Cecilia Bartoli Headline Top 10 Operas to Stream this Week

By David Salazar

This week, audiences worldwide will get a unique opportunity to experience multiple opening night events from several major companies. The recommendations also extend to unique new opera experiences as well as some famed classics featuring opera’s biggest stars.

Deceiver of Citizens (Now)

Music and video director Jonathan Khuner and composer/librettist Michael Senturia’s short opera tells the story of a Deceiver and his interactions with two Enablers and a young allegorical character known as “Innocence.” The opera stars Alex Boyer, Amy Foote, Charlotte Khuner, and Marcus DeLoach. This is the perfect opportunity for those who want to engage with new opera in a shorter package.

Watch it here.

Opera North Live Concert – OperaVision / Opera North (Sept. 30)

Opera North will present a live gala featuring some of opera’s greatest stars including Elizabeth Llewellyn, Tim Nelsons, Fflur Wyn, Katie Bird, Nick Watts, and Amy Frost. The program includes music by Puccini, Humperdinck, Schubert, and Mascagni, among others.

Watch it here.

Opening Night Concert – Philadelphia Orchestra (Sept 30)

The Philadelphia Orchestra will kick off its 2020-21 season with a concert performance starring such soloists as soprano Angel Blue, pianist Lang Lang, banjo player Steve Martin, and special guest Billie Jean King. Music Director Yannick Nézet-Séguin will conduct Coleman’s “Seven O’Clock Shout,” Rossini’s “The Thieving Magpie” overture, Verdi’s “D’amor sull’ali rosee” from “Il Trovatore,” Mozart’s Symphony No. 29, and the first Philadelphia Orchestra performance of Martin’s “Rare Bird Alert.”

Watch it here.

Voter’s Broadcast – University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, & the Kaufman Music Center (Sept. 30)

University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, and the Kaufman Music Center in New York will present Lisa Bielawa’s Voter’s Broadcast.” The work draws its text from Sheryl Oring’s “I Wish to Say,” and will feature artists from Kaufman Music Center’s Special Music High School.

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Living Room Recital – Los Angeles Opera (Oct. 1)

Mezzo-soprano Taylor Raven will join forces with three pianists (Jeremy Frank, Nino Sanikidze, and Brendon Shapiro) to perform music by a number of African-American composers including Florence Price, Leslie Adams, and Charles Brown. The concert will also feature music by Berlioz and Montsalvatge.
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Bon Appétit! Opera in the Kitchen – Hawai’i Opera Theatre (Oct. 2)

Hawai’i Opera Theatre will kickstart its season with “Bon Appétit! Opera in the Kitchen.” The opera by Lee Hoiby will star HOT Orvis Opera Studio Resident Sarah Lambert Connelly. The opera has been steadily making the rounds all across the U.S., so this is a unique opportunity to get to know an opera that is likely to stick around for time to come.

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Le Nozze di Figaro – Met Opera (Oct. 3)

The Met Opera will feature Mozart performances throughout the week. And while you really can’t go wrong with any, we recommend “Le Nozze di Figaro” from 1998 featuring an all-star cast of singers including Renée Fleming, Cecilia Bartoli, Susanne Mentzer, Dwayne Croft, and Bryn Terfel.

Watch it here.

A Rake’s Progress – Blackheath Halls Opera (Oct. 3)

Blackheath Halls Opera will showcase a 30-minute film version of the Stravinsky opera starring Nicky Spence as Tom Rakewell, Ashley Riches as Nick Shadow, and Francesca Chiejina as Anne Truelove. The cast also includes Kitty Whately, James Way, and Carolyn Williamson.

Watch it here.

Mostly Mozart at Tea Time – Mercury Opera (Oct. 4)

Mercury Opera will continue its hugely successful “Fall By the Fireside” series with a performance dedicated to music by Mozart. This concert will showcase soprano Jodi Penner, accompanied by Kim Cousineau.

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Sir Bryn Terfel with Britten Sinfonia – Barbican (Oct. 4)

The famed bass-baritone will appear in the first reopening concert for the Barbican Center. He will perform music by Bach, Finzi, and Novello.

Watch it here.