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:
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…
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 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.
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).
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!
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: