Renée Fleming, Joyce DiDonato, Rolando Villazón, J’Nai Bridges, Ailyn Pérez Headline Top 10 Operas to Stream This Week

By David Salazar

It’s going to be an exciting week with a combination of live streams and other performances being made available digitally for opera lovers worldwide.

And while we are at it – get ready for more in coming weeks as opera companies around the world start to embrace digital opera as part of their 2020-21 seasons.

Before we kick off our list, don’t forget to check out important discussions taking place regarding issues of race and equality in opera with such programs as Karen Slack’s “KikiKonversations,” Kenneth Overton’s “Black Opera Live,” and Mark S. Doss’ “Heart and Soul” series on Sunday afternoons. Bill Doggett’s series “Composer Conversations” also continues.

“Perpetual Music” Concert – With Rolando Villazón & Renaud Capuçon – (NOW)

Rolando Villazón and Renaud Capuçon lead a concert featuring the Metral Trio, the Agate Quartet, L’Arpeggiata, Adele Charvet, Luciana Mancini, Zachary Wilder, and several other artists. The program features music by Bach, Mendelssohn, Schumann, Brahms, Strauss, Mozart, Vieuxtemps, Saint-Saëns, Monteverdi, and Landi, among others.

Love Letters – Valhalla Media (NOW)

On Sunday, David Portillo and Yasuko Oura join forces for a unique recital experience, made exclusively by the exciting new company Valhalla Media. Portillo is one of the most exciting rising opera stars and this is an opportunity to check out his unique artistry.

Into the Woods – Wolf Trap (NOW & Sept. 13)

Wolf Trap presents a two part performance which features music from such operas as “A Midsummer Night’s Dream,” Hänsel und Gretel,” “Norma,” “Die Walküre,” “The Rake’s Progress,” “Serse,” “Falsaff,” and “Tosca.” You can check out the first part right now with Part two streaming on Sept. 13.

Song of Los Angeles – LAO at Home (Sept. 9)

This summer, the LA Opera launched its first-ever virtual summer camp. Over 50 students ages 9-17 came together to learn about opera and now we will get a chance to witness a large video presentation of their unique output. This, in many ways, represents opera’s future. This is an opportunity to get a sneak peek at it.

A Celebration of Opera – Gibraltar Philharmonic Society (Sept. 9)

Nadine Sierra and Xabier Anduaga join forces for a concert event that will feature music by Gounod, Verdi, Puccini, Donizetti, and many more. Sierra is one of opera’s reigning divas while Anduaga is one of the great young tenors on the rise. This concert should feature some truly wonderful vocal treats.

The Gambler – OperaVision / Lithuanian National Opera & Ballet (Sept. 11)

Prokofiev’s famed opera gets a broadcast on OperaVision. While this offers up an opportunity to watch this underrated gem, the real reason to check it out is the presence of Asmik Grigorian in the role of Polina. She is one of opera’s fiercest singing actresses and is always exhilarating to watch. This performance comes from Feb. 12, 2020.

Joyce DiDonato Live in Concert – Metropolitan Opera (Sept. 12)

The famed mezzo-soprano will step up to the plate in Bochum, Germany as the latest superstar to lead the Met Opera’s Live in Concert series. She will perform music by Berlioz, Monteverdi, Mahler, Handel, Cesti, Mozart, and a number of other composers in a concert featuring Il Pomo d’Oro and pianist Carrie-Anne Matheson. This series has come into its own in the most recent installments, making this particular experience, with one of opera’s most exciting stars, one to watch.

Closing Night Concert – BBC Proms (Sept. 12)

The closing night of the BBC Proms live line-up will star soprano Golda Schultz. The program will include works from Mozart, Richard Strauss, Tarrodi, Sondheim, Sibelius, Williams, Wood, Elgar, Rodgers, and Parry. Dalia Stasevska will lead the BBC Symphony Orchestra. The concert can be streamed on the Royal Albert Hall website and via BBC Radio 3.

For the Love of Lyric – Lyric Opera of Chicago (Sept. 13)

Renée Fleming, J’Nai Bridges, Soloman Howard, Ailyn Pérez, Julia Bullock, Heather Hedley. That’s one hell of a lineup. The Lyric Opera of Chicago opens its 2020-21 season with this exciting virtual gala that will also feature members of the Chicago Children’s Choir and the Ryan Center Ensemble. You won’t want to miss it.

Christian Gerhaher Recital – Wigmore Hall (Sept. 13)

Baritone Christian Gerhaher and the pianist Gerold Huber will perform works by Franz Schubert and Alban Berg. This recital will kick off Wigmore Hall’s 2020-21 fall season, which will feature several recitals per week, all of them streamed on the company’s website.