Sondra Radvanovsky, Saioa Hernández, Joyce DiDonato Headline Top 6 Operas to Stream this WeekendBy David Salazar
We hope everyone is well and enjoying their opera. It is likely that there are already a lot of streams on your radar, but with the weekend looming (whatever that means anymore), we figured we point you toward a few highlights being presented this weekend.
Pepito – April 3, 2020
For those who want some new opera, Composer Nicolas Lell Benavides and librettist Marella Martin Koch will showcase their unique opera in its online premiere. The opera tells the story of a forgotten shelter dog who meets a young couple looking for the perfect addition to the family.
Atilla – Teatro alla Scala (April 4, 2020)
This Verdi work features a stellar cast headlined by Ildar Abdrazakov and Saioa Hernández in a production from 2018. Abdrazkov has dominated the role of the Hun for some time, but it is Hernández that proved the revelation. For those unfamiliar with her singing, this is the time to get to know her.
“Norma” – Metropolitan Opera (April 5, 2020)
The Met’s offerings this weekend include “Les Pêcheurs de Perles” and Macbeth, both with spectacular casts. But for our money, it’s the “Norma” that is the winner. Led by Joyce DiDonato and Sondra Radvanovksy, this is one of the best sung Bel Canto productions the Met has put together over the last several years.
Wagnerians will get a chance to check out one of the greatest operas of all time with a solid cast that features Andreas Schager and Anja Kampe in the title roles. Flanked by Daniel Baremboim in repertoire that has long dominated, this is a true treat.
Elektra – Vienna State Opera (April 5, 2020)
This is a recent performance from February headlined by Waltraud Meier and Christine Goerke, who has become one of the leading Elektra’s of today. The cast also includes Michael Volle as Orest, which adds to the interest value of this particular showcase.
Verdi Requiem – Opernhaus Zürich (April 5, 2020)
Verdi’s Requiem is one of the great works in music history, but it rare to see it staged. That alone makes this particular stream unique. The fact that features a cast of top Verdi singers like Krassimira Stoyanova, Veronica Simeoni, and Francesco Meli, as well as Georg Zeppenfield, makes it another major offering for the weekend.