A Very Operetta New Year

Gipsy Princess poster from The Memory of the Netherlands digital collection

Gipsy Princess poster from The Memory of the Netherlands digital collection

In the latest case of me learning about something just hours before it’s set to start, Medici.tv will be live streaming a special New Year’s performance of Emmerich Kalman‘s 1915 operetta Die Csárdásfürstin (aka, The Gipsy Princess for those non-Hungarian speakers among you) from Staatskapelle Dresden with the powerhouse duo of Anna Netrebko and Juan Diego Flórez.  You’ll need an account to see the live performance, but it’s free and pretty painless!

Here’s an old school televised version of a duet from the Gipsy Princess in all it’s glory:

Operetta seems to be an old world New Year’s tradition, and the Met Opera is getting in on the game with a new production of Franz Lehar‘s Merry Widow premiering on Wednesday, New Year’s Eve!  So get your operetta fix this week!

 

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On the (Makropulos) Case

The Makropulos Case at Bavarian State Opera

The Makropulos Case at Bavarian State Opera

Because of a time difference miscalculation on my part, you now actually have 30 minutes before today’s livestream from Bavarian State Opera in Munich, Germany, begins!  Very easy, just head on over to BSO TV to see the full opera online!

Today’s opera is maybe sort of Halloween appropriate?  It is a noir opera after all…

The Makropolous Case by Leoš Janáček based on the play of the same name by fellow Czech, pioneering science fiction author Karel Čapek, was premiered in 1926 in Brno, Czech Republic.  It’s about a mysterious woman who seems to have been around much longer than she looks, and it’s ultimately revealed that she’s been keeping herself alive for centuries with a magic potion, one she needs to find the recipe for before her age catches up to her and she dies.  Verrry moody and mysterious…

This is a European production though, so fair warning, they will probably find a way to show lots of weird sex stuff…

Sleepwalk with the Met Tonight

La Sonnambula Illustration

La Sonnambula Act 2, by William de Leftwich Dodge

Tonight’s the season premiere of Bellini‘s La Sonnambula at the Met Opera, and it’ll be live-streamed starting at 7:30.

The illustration at left, by American painter and muralist William de Leftwich Dodge, shows the climactic moment when the protagonist, Amina, sleep walks atop a rickety old mill bridge, very dramatic.

That’s sort of the defining moment in the opera, and apparently sopranos known for their Aminas would be painted with mills in the background as a shorthand…

Anyway, lots of lovely music in the opera, so enjoy the live-stream!

The Natives are on TV

Les Indes Galantes at Opera National De Bordeaux

Les Indes Galantes at Opera National De Bordeaux

In honor of the 250th anniversary of the composer’s death, Opéra National de Bordeaux is putting on Rameau‘s 1735 opera Les Indes Galantes (which I’ve discussed before), and Medici TV has your front row, live streaming ticket today!

The opera is structured as four love stories in four “exotic” settings; last time I shared excerpts from the North American and Persian settings, so here’s one from the Peruvian story in a different production by Les Arts Florissants at the Paris Opera:

For a more modern, but still Bizarro Twins appropriate, depiction of Native Americans, the Smithsonian National Museum of the American Indian in New York is offering daily screenings of installments of the Stories from the Seventh Fire, a series of cartoons inspired by Anishinaabe folklore through Sunday.

The series by Canadian director Gregory Coyes can be purchased through Green Planet Films.

The animation is in parts inspired by the art of pioneering Anishinaabe Canadian artist Norval Morriseau, which is also on view at the NMAI.  Here’s an appraisal of some lovely Morriseau pieces on Antiques Roadshow, if that floats your boat like it does mine.

1968 painting by Norval Morisseau

1968 painting by Norval Morisseau

Death, the Powers, and the Simulcast

I’ve shared online streams of live opera here before, but this Sunday a high tech opera at Dallas Opera will be broadcast to select locations in 9 cities internationally.  

Death and the Powers by MIT professor Tod Machover, premiered at Monaco in 2010, is about an inventor who downloads himself into his house, represented by interactive machines on stage that respond to the music.

This Sunday’s live simulcast incorporates footage from the machines on set for a unique experience unlike any other live stream.  Visit this page for the list of 9 locations, and if you can’t make it on Sunday, there’s also a mobile app you can download (from Google Play or iTunes).

Brokeback at your own Risk

Brokeback Mountain at Teatro Real by Wuorinen

Photo by Javier del Real

Hi folks!  Sorry for my prolonged absence, have been on the job hunt…  But I just got  some exciting news I had to share…

Don’t know if you’ve been following Brokeback Mountain‘s journey from short story by Annie Proulx to Oscar-winning movie by Ang Lee to the new opera by Charles Wuorinen, but just such an opera premiered at Madrid’s Teatro Real in late January.

While Teatro Real has a streaming service on their site, you have to pay for it (an interesting model, for sure).  However, tomorrow at 2pm Eastern Time, the opera will be live-streamed from Madrid on Medici TV online.

Wuorinen and the opera have gotten mixed reviews (short on lyrical moments for a kind of love story, but with interesting orchestration), but who knows when your next chance to heat it will be!  Not to mention: hot gay cowboy makeouts, wooo!

Here’s a preview for tomorrow, hope you can make it!

Vestal Virgin Live Stream

(Not the porny kind!)

The seldom performed 1807 opera La Vestale by the seldom performed Gaspare Spontini will be put on, live streamed, and available online for 6 months afterwards, on Paris’ Théâtre des Champs-Elysées website, this Wednesday at 12:30pm, New York time.

La Vestale at La Scala, 1954

La Vestale at La Scala, 1954, with Maria Callas

Some refer to Spontini as the missing link to French Grand Opera, but some say he’s just really boring…  But still, an interesting novelty…  Here’s a famous aria, “Toi que j’implore” performed by Barbara Dobrzanska: