Sonya Yoncheva, Karita Mattila, Angel Blue, Lisette Oropesa, Charles Castronovo Headline Top 10 Operas to Stream This Week

By David Salazar

September brings the opening of several major companies in Europe. And that means new streaming opportunities of concerts and operas.

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.

I Tre Compagni (The Three Companions) – Encompass New Opera Theatre (NOW)

For those seeking out some rare opera, Encompass New Opera Theatre is showcasing the 2009 world premiere of this work by Louis Gioia based on Chaucer’s “The Cantebury Tales.” The stream is available until Sept. 18, 2020.

Meditations #ArsFloSummer – Les Arts Florissants (NOW)

For those seeking out some earlier vocal music, Les Arts Florissants has recently uploaded a series of performance videos featuring a wide range of meditations. These performances include sacred songs as well as music by Tallis, Carissimi, Gabrieli, and Buonamente, among others.

From Stage To Screen: The Show Must Go On(line)! – Berkshire Opera Festival (NOW)

Over the next week, audiences can stream this hour-long virtual concert featuring bass-baritone André Courville, bass Erik Anstine, soprano Laura Wilde, tenor Joshua Blue, soprano Joanna Latini, bass John Cheek, soprano Natalia Santaliz, and baritone Brian James Myer.

COVID Fan Tutte – Oopera Baletti (Sept. 1)

Superstar soprano Karita Mattila will headline an adaptation of the iconic Mozart-Da Ponte opera that will spotlight experiences of the pandemic lockdown. The production will also star Miina-Liisa Värelä, Tommi Hakala, Johanna Rusanen, Tuomas Katajala, and Waltteri Torikka.

“Perpetual Music” Concert with Sonya Yoncheva – (Sept. 1)

Sonya Yoncheva will headline a concert sponsored by Rolex that will also feature Charles Castronovo, Ekaterina Siurina, and Alfredo Daza, among several other noted singers. The concert will feature music by Gounod, Verdi, Poulenc, Popper, Wagner, Saint-Saens, Scriabin, Rachmaninov, and Schubert, among others.

Living Room Recital – Los Angeles Opera (Sept. 2)

LA Opera’s recital for the week will feature bass-baritone Nicholas Brownlee, mezzo-soprano Jennifer Feinstein, and tenor Chaz’men Williams-Ali. The trio of singers will be joined by pianist Aurelia Andrews.

Royal Opera House Live Concert (Sept. 4, 2020)

The Royal Opera House will celebrate its first live performance since March 16, 2020 with a concert event that will be broadcast live via the company’s official website. The showcase will feature a star-studded cast of singers that includes Sonya Yoncheva, Charles Castronovo, Lisette Oropesa, Gerald Finley, Aigul Akhmetshina, and Vito Priante.

Porgy and Bess – Met Opera (Sept. 4 & 5)

The Met Opera will stream the Gershwin work for two nights. The opening night production features a super-star cast of singers that includes Angel Blue, Golda Schultz, Latonia Moore, Denyce Graves, Frederick Ballentine, Eric Owens, Alfred Walker, and Donovan Singletary, all conducted by David Robertson.

Music, Give Us Hope – Academy of Vocal Arts (Sept. 5)

Soprano Alexandra Nowakowski, mezzo-soprano Hannah Ludwig, and pianist José Meléndez will join forces to present a concert featuring music by Schubert, Berlioz, Arlen, and Rodgers and Hammerstein, among others. A portion of the proceeds from the concert will go to the Artist Relief Tree.

7 Deaths of Maria Callas – Bayerische Staatsoper (Sept. 5)

The Bayerische Staatsoper will finally premiere the “7 Deaths of Maria Callas” with a cast that includes Marina Abramovic, Willem Dafoe, Hera Hyesang Park, Selene Zanetti, Leah Hawkins, Kiandra Howarth, Nadezhda Karyazina, Adela Zaharia, and Lauren Fagan. The opera will be streamed on the company’s official website as well as BR-Klassik and ARTE concert.