Vienna State Opera 2017-18 Live Stream: Piotr Beczala’s First ‘Carmen’ To Be FREE Worldwide

By David Salazar

This Jan. 29, 2018, audiences the world over will get a chance to experience opera’s most famous gypsy from their computers as the Vienna State Opera presents Bizet’s “Carmen” on its live streaming service.

This run of performances is notable because it features Piotr Beczala’s debut run of Don José. He will be joined by Margarita Griskova, Carlos Álvarez, and Olga Bezmertna. Jean-Christophe Spinosi conducts the famous Franco Zeffirelli production.

The stream kicks off at 7 p.m. local time and is slated to run until around 10:30 p.m. That’s around 1 p.m. EDT and 10 a.m. PST for the start time. This will be the final performance for this production, which kicked off on Jan. 14, 2017. There was also an earlier run this season with a completely different cast.

While tickets start at 14 euros (approximately $16 USD) for most live streams, this one is special as it will be completely free of charge. All viewers must do is register with the website to enjoy this performance.

Next up on the slate of live streams will be “Carmen,” “L’Elisir d’Amore,” “La Cenerentola,” “Ariodante,” “Otello,” the four installments of “Der Rings des Nibelungen,” “Turandot,” “Andrea Chénier,” “Simon Boccanegra,” “Capriccio,” “La Traviata,” “Rigoletto,” “Der Freischütz,” “Lohengrin,” and “Falstaff.”