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CRITIC'S PICKS | Virtual Concerts You Absolutely Need To See This Week (Streaming Edition)

By Joseph So on March 23, 2020

Classical music and opera events streaming on the web for the week of March 23 – 29.
Classical music and opera events streaming on the web for the week of March 23 – 29.

Critic’s Picks (March 23 – 29)

This week we’re highlighting three opera houses with exceptional lineups of works for free streaming. The Metropolitan Opera is offering a week of Wagner including the Ring Cycle. The Wiener Staatsoper features warhorses with big stars, such as the 63-year old production of Tosca, likely the oldest opera production anywhere! The third house is the newly reopened Berlin Staatsoper Unter den Linden.

Quick rundown on the three sources:

• All Metropolitan Opera streams start at 7:30 p.m. EDT and available until 6:30 p.m. the following day.

Vienna State Opera streams start at 2:00 p.m. CET and available for 72 hours (free registration required).

• Berlin Staatsoper Video-On-Demand changes daily at noon CET and available for 24 hours (free registration required).

Monday 23

Met | Tristan und Isolde Nina Stemme, Ekaterina Gubanova, Stuart Skelton, Evgeny Nikitin, and René Pape, Simon Rattle (cond.). Performance from October 8, 2016. | Details

Vienna | Tosca Sondra Radvanovsky, Piotr Beczala, Thomas Hampson, Marco Armiliato (cond.). Performance from 17 February 2019. | Details

Berlin Staatsoper |”Staatsoper für alle” Beethoven Symphony No. 9. Diana Damrau, Okka von der Damerau, Burkhard Fritz, René Pape, Staatsopernchor & Staatskapelle Berlin, Daniel Barenboim (cond). Performance from September 30, 2017. | Details

Tuesday 24

Met | Das Rheingold Wendy Bryn Harmer, Stephanie Blythe, Richard Croft, Gerhard Siegel, Dwayne Croft, Bryn Terfel, Eric Owens, and Hans-Peter König, James Levine (cond.) Performance from October 9, 2010. | Details

Vienna | L’Elisir d’Amore Olga Peretyatko, Dmitry Korchak, Alessio Arduini, Adam Plachetka, Ileana Tonca, Marco Armiliato (cond.) Performance from 26, Feb. 2017. | Details

Berlin Staatsoper | Schwanensee Staatsballett Berlin, Staatskapelle Berlin Daniel Barenboim (cond.) | Details

Wednesday 25

Met | Die Walküre Deborah Voigt, Eva-Maria Westbroek, Stephanie Blythe, Jonas Kaufmann, Bryn Terfel, Hans-Peter König. James Levine (cond.) Performance from May 14, 2011. | Details

Vienna | La Cenerentola Maxim Mironov, Alessio Arduini, Renato Girolami, Eri Nakamura, Catherine Trottmann, Elena Maximova, Michele Pertusi. Speranza Scappucci (cond.) Performance from November 10, 2016. | Details

Berlin Staatsoper | Falstaff Michael Volle, Barbara Frittoli, Alfredo Daza, Nadine Sierra, Francesco Demuro. Staatskapelle Berlin, Daniel Barenboim (cond.) | Details

Thursday 26

Met | Siegfried Deborah Voigt, Jay Hunter Morris, Gerhard Siegel, Bryn Terfel, and Eric Owens, Fabio Luisi (cond.) Performance from November 5, 2011. | Details

Vienna | Tosca Karine Babajanyan, Piotr Beczała, Carlos Alvarez, Marco Armiliato (cond.) Performance from 23 June 2019. | Details

Berlin Staatsoper | Hippolyte et Aricie Anna Prohaska, Reinoud Van Mechelen, Magdalena Kožená, Elsa Dreisig Gyula Orendt, Staatsopernchor und Freiburger Barockorchester. Simon Rattle (cond.) | Details

Friday 27

Met | Götterdämmerung Deborah Voigt, Wendy Bryn Harmer, Waltraud Meier, Jay Hunter Morris, Iain Paterson, Eric Owens, and Hans-Peter König, Fabio Luisi (cond.) Performance from February 11, 2012. | Details

Vienna | Le Nozze di Figaro Carlos Álvarez, Dorothea Röschmann, Andrea Carroll, Adam Plachetka, Margarita Gritskova, Adam Fischer (cond.) Performance from 15 Sept. 2017. | Details

Berlin Staatsoper | Carmen Anita Rachvelishvili, Michael Fabiano, Lucio Gallo, Christiane Karg, Staatsopernchor und Staatskapelle Berlin, Daniel Barenboim (cond.) | Details

Saturday 28

Met | Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg Annette Dasch, Johan Botha, Paul Appleby, and Michael Volle, James Levine (cond.) Performance from December 13, 2014. | Details

Vienna | Götterdämmerung Stephen Gould, Iréne Theorin, Anna Gabler, Falk Struckmann, Tomasz Konieczny, Jochen Schmeckenbecher, Waltraud Meier. Axel Kober (cond.) Performance from 20 January 2019. | Details

Berlin Staatsoper | Macbeth Plácido Domingo, Anna Netrebko, Kwangchul Youn, Fabio Sartori, Staatsopernchor und Staatskapelle Berlin, Daniel Barenboim (cond.) | Details

Sunday 29

Met | Tannhäuser Eva-Maria Westbroek, Michelle DeYoung, Johan Botha, Peter Mattei, and Gunther Groissböck, James Levine (cond.) Performance from October 31, 2015. | Details

Vienna | Roméo et Juliette Aida Garifullina, Rachel Frenkel, Rosie Aldridge, Juan Diego Flórez, Carlos Osuna, Placido Domingo (cond.) Performance from 1 February 2017. | Details

Berlin Staatsoper | Manon Anna Netrebko, Rolando Villazón, Alfredo Daza, Christof Fischesser, Remy Corazza, Staatsopernchor & Staatskapelle Berlin, Daniel Barenboim (cond.) | Details

Here are more interesting free streams by opera companies, as well as free streaming by individual artists:

Deutsche Oper Berlin
• Against the Grain Theatre: La Boheme
Paris Opera
Mezzo Beste Kalender and pianist Rachel Andrist A Spring Concert: From Venice to Constantinople

Keep the music going!

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Joseph So

Joseph So is Professor Emeritus at Trent University and Associate Editor of Opera Canada.He is also a long-time contributor to La Scena Musicale and Opera (London, UK). His interest in music journalism focuses on voice, opera as well as symphonic and piano repertoires. He appears regularly as a panel member of the Big COC Podcast.He has co-edited a book, Opera in a Multicultural World: Coloniality, Culture, Performance, published by Routledge (Taylor & Francis Group).

Joseph So

Joseph So is Professor Emeritus at Trent University and Associate Editor of Opera Canada.He is also a long-time contributor to La Scena Musicale and Opera (London, UK). His interest in music journalism focuses on voice, opera as well as symphonic and piano repertoires. He appears regularly as a panel member of the Big COC Podcast.He has co-edited a book, Opera in a Multicultural World: Coloniality, Culture, Performance, published by Routledge (Taylor & Francis Group).
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