First up, Sunday at noon in New York, PBS is airing the Metropolitan Opera‘s performance of Riccardo Zandonai‘s Francesca da Rimini (check your local listings). The Met gave the opera’s American premiere in 1916, but it’s gotten pretty intermittent revivals since then; this performance is a revival of a 1984 production.
Then on Monday, via the internet, you can see Glyndebourne‘s 2010 production of Benjamin Britten‘s Billy Budd (lots of B–alliteration), fitting for his centennial year. They just say that the webcast will be at “lunchtime”… Greenwich Mean Time, I presume…[youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sSVW47iCv70&w=350&h=300]
Luckily, all the webcasts of this summer’s Glyndebourne performances are still available online, so you can catch up with some Rameau, Strauss, or Donizetti after you’re done with Monday’s Britten.