If you, like me, are feeling opera-deprived, there’s some great stuff to watch on the internet.
The Guardian is blowing some whistles that have nothing to do with American politics: as in previous years, they are streaming various productions from Glyndebourne, until August 31. Right now you can watch Katharina Thoma’s new production of Ariadne auf Naxos (with Soile Isokoski and Laura Claycomb) and Richard Jones’s sprightly Falstaff (taped in 2009 with Christopher Purves in the title role). I saw the latter in May but was too stressed out to write about it, but it was a total delight. Ariadne has been divisive–Capriccio loved it, Boulezian hated it–so I’m looking forward to watching it and deciding for myself. Later offerings will include Figaro (July 12, recording from 2012), Hippolyte et Aricie (July 25), Don Pasquale (August 6), and the inevitable Billy Budd (August 23).
Michael Haneke’s production of Così fan tutte… that sounds like a must-see just based on that much information. The reviews were also very positive (here’s one [in French]). It’s on Arte Live Web from the Teatro Real Madrid, conducted by Sylvain Cambreling with a cast that includes Anett Fritsch, Paola Gardina, and Juan Francisco Gatell. This one is also available on-demand for a while. A short introduction appears below.
Finally, the Bayerische Staatsoper will be livestreaming two of their productions this summer. These are not archived, so it’s live or nothing. On Friday, July 5, you can watch Il trovatore in a new production by Olivier Py with Anja Harteros and Jonas Kaufmann. It’s at 7:00 Munich time, which is 1:00 p.m. eastern US time, or Baby Burning O’Clock. On July 26, watch Calixto Bieito’s production of Boris Godunov, which like all Bieito should be worth seeing. The cast includes Alexander Tsymbalyuk in the title role and since there isn’t a Marina listed I’m guessing it’s the 1869 version. A trailer for Il trovatore appears below.
Well, it’s raining too much to go outside anyway.
Michael Haneke on Così:
Photo from Awful Library Books.