Religious Rossini

The second half of NYC Opera‘s current season is fast approaching, and I’m seeing their posters everywhere lately, even my local pizza shop!   So here’s a preview of the video projections designed by Beehive studio for Michael Count‘s production of Rossini‘s 1818 opera Mosè in Egitto.


Rossini’s Moses in Egypt – Trailer from Beehive.tv on Vimeo.

And for some more background on the creation of these animations, here’s Beehive founder Ada Whitney:

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So get yer’ tickets, for Mosè in Egitto and Offenbach’s La Perichole!  Right now you can get 10% off tickets for both operas with Promo Code 10678 when buying tickets online!

Verdi Bicentennial the BBC Way

As I’ve mentioned many a time, this opera season marks the 200th birthday of Italian stallion Giuseppe Verdi, so opera houses all over the world are doing even more Verdi than they’d normally do, as well as reaching back for more obscure pieces.

BBC Radio 3 is going all out too, saying they’re going to stream every Verdi opera ever for a week each.  Right now their Verdi 200 includes three more off-the-beaten-path operas: 1857’s Simon Boccanegra has become a wider hit in recent years, the earlier 1843 I Lombardi, and the 1854 French grand opéra style I Vespri Siciliani.  (The distinct, strict traditions of French vs. Italian opera are really fascinating, but interesting to see that operas and composers could cross over too…)  Tomorrow, Verdi classic Il Trovatore gets added to the list too.

I’m wondering if LA Opera‘s production of the obscure Il Due Foscari will make it to BBC…  Speaking of LA Opera, if you’re a nerd like me who waits on the edge of their seat for new opera season announcements, LA just announced their 2013/2014 season, including some more Verdi (and a Britten too, for his centennial); pretty ahead of the curve, LA!

Don’t Look a Gift Horse in the Mouth

Sooo…  Young Justice was great, right?

If you want to class it up a bit after your Saturday morning cartoons, today BBC Radio 3 will be live-streaming a performance of Berlioz‘s epic opera, Les Troyens; just be here at noon (East coast time).  This is actually the Met Opera performance that is being transmitted live into cinemas, so a good deal to listen for free through BBC, and you really get your money’s worth since it’s almost 5 hours of music…  Production info from the Met.

Les Troyens a Carthage program cover

Interestingly, the opera was actually split up into two parts during Berlioz’s lifetime; the first covered the fall of Troy, the second the doomed romance of Dido and Aeneas (“Les Troyens a Carthage” as advertised above), but the first part was never performed during Berlioz‘s lifetime…

ROH Robert Live

Meyerbeer’s Robert le Diable from the Royal Opera House, on BBC Radio 3

I love it when BBC Radio 3 features really obscure operas, so this live stream of a performance of Giacomo Meyerbeer‘s 1831 Robert le Diable really hits the spot; after all, it’s been 120 years since it was performed at the Royal Opera House.

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Meyerbeer is very foreign to me, but in his time he was hugely popular and important, helping to usher in the tradition of Grand Opera.  Popular as he was, his works have diminished dramatically in frequency owing largely to the high demands (vocal, theatrical, financial) they place on singers and opera companies.  Also, based on the pretty negative reviews so far, it looks like Meyerbeer‘s style may not have aged very well as dramatic entertainment…  So might be for the best we’ll just be listening to his tunes!

Today’s performance is live from the ROH at 5:45pm London time, or 12:45 New York time, and it’ll be up for a week afterwards.  Just click on the link at top.

Degas "Ballet of the Nuns" from Robert le DiableBy Edgar Degas, showing the famous Ballet of (dead) Nuns from Robert le Diable

For a more permanent Robert resource, we can always turn to Opera Today, who have the full streaming 1985 Paris Opera performance that the above video, with American bass Samuel Ramey, comes from:

Meyerbeer’s Robert le Diable from Paris Opera, on Opera Today