Weekend diversions

You have two choices for your weekend internet opera-watching: fun or… not fun. Guess which is which in the pictures above!

First up is Puccini’s La fanciulla del West from the Wiener Staatsoper with Nina Stemme and Jonas Kaufmann, premiering tomorrow. Intermezzo has the details on how you can listen to or watch it, plus many “Dick Johnson” jokes. Or rather Dick Johnson “jokes.”

On a slightly less entertaining note, Wozzeck. The Bayerische Staatsoper will be streaming their production on Sunday at 19:00 Munich time. It’s a cliché to describe Wozzeck as devastating–has there ever been a production of it that was not devastating?–but this one is really astonishingly good, one of the best productions I’ve seen of anything. Cast includes Simon Keenlyside and Angela Denoke and Lothar Koenigs conducts. Highly recommended. The usual Bay Staats restriction applies: no archived viewing.

As for me, I’ll be at the Met for Così on Saturday night.

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