Bryn Terfel stars in San Francisco Opera’s ‘Falstaff’ online

Bryn Terfel in San Francisco Opera’s production of ‘Falstaff’
© Cory Weaver/San Francisco Opera

Lovers of Shakespeare and Verdi, and fans of Bryn Terfel are in for a treat this weekend as the Welsh bass-baritone stars in one of his most successful roles to date – the title role of Verdi’s comic-opera Falstaff – to be streamed by San Francisco Opera. Read more ….

Met Stars Live in Concert – Sonya Yoncheva

Sonya Yoncheva at Schussenreid Cloister – courtesy Metropolitan Opera

Bulgarian soprano Sonya Yoncheva is the star of the next Metropolitan Opera recital in the Met Stars Live in Concert series, featuring some of the world’s greatest operatic artists, each filmed in a different location from around the world. In Saturday’s program, Ms Yoncheva performs in the Baroque library of Schussenried Cloister in southwest Germany. Read more ….

Metropolitan Opera streams a week of Hvorostovsky performances

Dmitri Hvorostovsky at the curtain call for the performance on September 25th, 2015 of Verdi’s ‘Il trovatore’ Photo: Marty Sohl/Metropolitan Opera

The Metropolitan Opera continues its nightly free opera streams this week with a series of operas which featured performances by the late Russian baritone Dmitri Hvorostovsky – a beloved figure at the Met and acknowledged as one of the world’s most extraordinary operatic artists – who died of brain cancer in 2017 at the tragically young age of 55. Read more ….

Angela Gheorghiu stars in San Francisco Opera’s online performance of ‘La Rondine’

A scene from San Francisco Opera’s production of Puccini’s ‘La Rondine’
© Terrence McCarthy/San Francisco Opera

San Francisco Opera continues its season of online productions this weekend with Giacomo Puccini’s La Rondine. Starring Romanian soprano Angela Gheorghiu, this production is set in 1920s Paris and on the Riviera, and was filmed at San Francisco’s War Memorial Opera House in 2007. Read more ….

Zakir Hussain features in San Francisco Symphony’s latest CURRENTS stream

Behind the scenes during filming of CURRENTS Indian Classical Music episode, curated by Zakir Hussain

Rhythm Spirits – the latest in San Francisco Symphony’s series of CURRENTS video performances – brings together tabla master Zakir Hussain, Indian classical violinist Kala Ramnath and musicians of the San Francisco Symphony, in a colorful and elegant blend of Indian folk tradition and classical music. Read more ….

‘Opera is ON’ San Francisco Opera streams Mozart’s ‘Così fan tutte’

San Francisco Opera’s production of ‘Così fan tutte’ © Cory Weaver/San Francisco Opera

San Francisco Opera presents Mozart’s delightful opera buffa, Così fan tutte, this weekend – but not quite the period piece that most of us know. This co-production with Opéra de Monte-Carlo, staged by Jose Maria Condemi, and based on a concept by John Cox, brings the opera forward from 18th century Naples to a Mediterranean beach town on the eve of World War I. Read more ….

Bychkov & Royal Concertgebouw play Tchaikovsky’s Fifth

Semyon Bychkov © Umberto Nicoletti

Continuing its new programme of online concert streams, the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra is led this week by Semyon Bychkov in a performance of Tchaikovsky’s Symphony No 5, recorded at the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam on 19th June, 2020. Read more ….

Three contemporary works in San Francisco Ballet’s first triple bill of the season

San Francisco Ballet in Morris’ Sandpaper Ballet // © Erik Tomasson

San Francisco Ballet’s 2021 Digital Season features three contemporary ballets – Dwight Rhoden’s Let’s Begin at the End, the World Premier of Colorforms by Myles Thatcher, and Mark Morris’ Sandpaper Ballet. Read more ….

Anna Netrebko features in ‘Met Stars Live in Concert’ online

Soprano Anna Netrebko rehearsing for her live performance at Vienna’s historic Spanish Riding School, part of the Metropolitan Opera’s ‘Met Stars Live’ series. She is accompanied by pianist Pavel Nebolsin. Photo Jürgen Hausmann / Met Opera

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February’s ‘Fridays at Five’ line-up from SFJAZZ

The SFJAZZ Collective © Don Dixon – courtesy SFJAZZ

SFJAZZ has yet another month of top-flight concerts for jazz lovers to enjoy online, featuring Christian McBride, the SFJAZZ Collective, Kenny Barron – in duos with Regina Carter, Eddie Henderson and Terri Lyne Carrington – and Paula West. Read more ….

Trevor Pinnock directs Concertgebouw ensemble in Mozart’s ‘Gran Partita’ Serenade

Trevor Pinnock © Gerard Collett

This week’s online concert from Amsterdam’s Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra features an ensemble of the Orchestra’s musicians in a performance of Mozart’s Serenade in B flat major, K 361 ‘Gran Partita’, under the direction of Trevor Pinnock. Read more ….

Bychkov leads Czech Philharmonic & Labèques in live online performance

Semyon Bychkov Photo: Marco Borggreve All rights reserved

In a live concert streamed across a number of online platforms, Semyon Bychkov – Chief Conductor and Music Director of the Czech Philharmonic – this week leads the Orchestra’s first performance of Bryce Dessner’s Concerto for Two Pianos, with guest artists Katia and Marielle Labèque. Also on the programme is Mendelssohn’s Symphony No 3, known as the Scottish. Read more ….

San Francisco Symphony launches on-demand video streaming platform

San Francisco Symphony Music Director, Esa-Pekka Salonen
© Minna Hatinen/courtesy San Francisco Symphony

This week sees the launch of SFSymphony+ – the San Francisco Symphony’s new online streaming platform. In this series of digital programs, audiences can view seven performances in the new SoundBox series of programs – curated by Music Director Esa-Pekka Salonen, the Symphony’s Collaborative Partners and special guests – as well as five new episodes in the CURRENTS series – featuring a range of different musical cultures. Read more …..

San Francisco Opera streams Verdi’s ‘La Traviata’ online

San Francisco Opera’s production of Verdi’s ‘La Traviata’ © Cory Weaver/San Francisco Opera

San Francisco Opera continues its free Opera is ON streams this weekend with a 2014 production of Giuseppe Verdi’s La Traviata. With production by John Copley and revival staging by Laurie Feldman, this performance stars Nicole Cabell as Violetta, Stephen Costello as Alfredo and Vladimir Stoyanov as Alfredo’s father, Count Germont. Read more ….

Pintscher leads Concertgebouw Orchestra in online performance

Matthias Pintscher © Franck Ferville

Matthias Pintscher leads the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra in this week’s online concert, which features the Netherlands premiere of his Songs from Solomon’s Garden – with baritone Georg Nigl as soloist. Also on the programme is Ravel’s enchanting ballet suite Ma mère l’oye (Mother Goose). Read more ….

San Francisco Ballet opens new digital season with Balanchine’s ‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream’

Sasha De Sola and Lucas Erni in Balanchine’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream // Choreography by George Balanchine © The Balanchine Trust; Photo © Erik Tomasson

San Francisco Ballet goes digital with the Company’s 2021 season. The calendar is as interesting as ever, with a fascinating mix of classics, full-length ‘story’ ballets, contemporary works which have proved successful in previous seasons, and new offerings from an impressive list of choreographers. Read more ….

Radvanovsky and Beczala in ‘Met Stars Live in Concert’ from Stadthalle Wuppertal

The first 2021 performance of the Met Stars Live in Concert series features soprano Sondra Radvanovsky and tenor Piotr Beczala, in the glorious setting of the Stadthalle Wuppertal, in Germany. They’ll be performing a selection of arias and duets from operas by Verdi, Dvořák, Giordano, Mascagni and Bernstein, accompanied by pianist Vincenzo Scalera. Read more ….

Monte-Carlo Opera stages new production of Massenet’s ‘Thaïs’

Image courtesy of Monte-Carlo Opera

Monte-Carlo Opera’s first production of 2021 is a new staging of Jules Massenet’s relatively unknown opera Thaïs – last seen in the Principality in February 1950. Starring Latvian soprano Marina Rebeka in the title role, the opera features French baritone Ludovico Tézier as Athanaël, the monk who aims to convert Thaïs to Christianity, and French tenor Jean-François Borras as her lover, Nicias. Read more ….

Amsterdam’s Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra streams concerts online

Myung-Whun Chung © Riccardo Musacchio

This Friday evening, Amsterdam’s Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra presents the first of three online concerts, in which Myung-whun Chung leads the Orchestra in a program featuring the Violin Concerto by Sibelius – with principal violinist Liviu Prunaru as soloist – and the Brahms Symphony No 4. Read more ….

SFJAZZ line-up for January’s ‘Fridays at Five’

SFJAZZ starts 2021 as it means to go on – with a fabulous line-up of stars in its weekly Fridays at Five series. Every Friday afternoon, from 5.00 to 6.00 pm (PT), SFJAZZ streams a performance from its vast library of concerts recorded live at the SFJAZZ Center in San Francisco. Read more ….

Salonen awarded Honorary Knighthood in New Year’s Honours List

Conductor and composer Esa-Pekka Salonen
© Minna Hatinen – courtesy San Francisco Symphony

Esa-Pekka Salonen, Music Director of the San Francisco Symphony, has been awarded an Honorary Knighthood by Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II in the New Year’s Honours List. He receives the honour for his services to music, and to relations between the United Kingdom and his home country, Finland. Read more ….

Met Opera streams New Year’s Eve Gala online

As part of the Met Stars Live in Concert series, The Metropolitan Opera celebrates New Year’s Eve with a concert from the neo-Baroque Parktheater in Augsburg, Germany. This dazzling performance features sopranos Angel Blue and Pretty Yende, and tenors Javier Camarena and Matthew Polenzani performing arias, duets and ensembles from operas such as Donizetti’s La fille du régiment, Puccini’s La bohème, Rossini’s Il barbiere di Siviglia, Verdi’s Rigoletto, and Lehár’s The Merry Widow, as well as a selection of Neapolitan songs. Read more ….

Ballet Nice Méditerranée stages ‘Don Quichotte’ for Christmas

Ballet Nice Méditerranée’s production of ‘Don Quichotte’ © Dominique Jaussein

Joyful, lively and festive, with dazzling choreography and a wonderfully melodic score by Ludwig Minkus, Éric Vu-An’s production of Don Quichotte (Don Quixote) for Ballet Nice Méditerranée provides a spectacular opportunity to escape for a while from what has been a difficult year for everyone. Read more ….

A Festive December for Les Ballets de Monte-Carlo

Les Ballets de Monte-Carlo in J-C Maillot’s ‘Core Meu’ © Alice Blangero

This month, Les Ballets de Monte-Carlo celebrates the 60th birthday of Choreographer-Director Jean-Christophe Maillot with a festival of works by the Company’s Choreographer-Director. Read more ….

Met Opera streams Bryn Terfel Live in Concert

Sir Bryn Terfel – courtesy Metropolitan Opera

The Metropolitan Opera‘s pay-per-view concerts – Met Stars Live in Concert – feature some of opera’s most illustrious artists, each filmed in an impressive location from around the world. The star of this week’s recital is Welsh bass-baritone Sir Bryn Terfel, performing live in Brecon Cathedral in his native Wales. Read more ….

Royal Ballet streams Ashton’s ‘Enigma Variations’

Sir Edward Elgar’s Variations on an Original Theme – better known as the Enigma Variations – make up one of the composer’s best-loved works, each one inspired by the personalities of Elgar’s closest friends. In 1968, The Royal Ballet’s Sir Frederick Ashton had the foresight to realise that this theme would make a colourful and entertaining ballet – and the result is one of the most delightful works in the Company’s repertoire. Read more ….

SFJAZZ opens December ‘Fridays at Five’ sessions with Pink Martini

Pink Martini’s China Forbes © SFJAZZ

With the festive season on the horizon, SFJAZZ opens its December Fridays at Five online sessions with a holiday concert by Pink Martini, recorded at the JAZZ Center in San Francisco last December. Read more ….

Opéra Nice production of Philip Glass’s ‘Akhnaten’ now online

The prologue to Philip Glass’s ‘Akhnaten’ – courtesy Opéra Nice Côte d’Azur

Opéra Nice Côte d’Azur has opened the 2020/21 season with a spectacular online production – the opera Akhnaten by contemporary composer Philip Glass, produced and choreographed by Lucinda Childs. Read more ….

San Francisco Ballet’s ‘Nutcracker’ goes online

San Francisco Ballet in Tomasson’s Nutcracker // © Erik Tomasson

Good news from San Francisco Ballet! The Company’s annual production of Tchaikovsky’s Nutcracker will be streamed online from November 27th to December 31st, and not only will Bay Area audiences be able to enjoy it, but audiences from around the world will also be able to buy tickets to see this deservedly popular production. Read more ….

San Francisco Opera streams ‘Boris Godunov’

This weekend’s online stream from San Francisco Opera is Modest Mussorgsky’s operatic depiction of the troubled life of the rise and fall of the 16th century Tsar, Boris Godunov. Read more ….

San Francisco Symphony & new Music Director present digital concert

Music Director Esa-Pekka Salonen (center) with (clockwise) Bryce Dessner, Nico Muhly, Carol Reiley, Pekka Kuusisto, Esperanza Spalding, Julia Bullock, Claire Chase and Nicholas Britell –
courtesy San Francisco Symphony

The San Francisco Symphony – never known to lag behind in creativity – and its new Music Director, Esa-Pekka Salonen, present a digital concert, introducing eight newly-instated Collaborative Partners, and a specially commissioned work by Nico Muhly. Read more ….

English National Ballet launches on-demand video platform

English National Ballet has announced that its dedicated on-demand video platform, ENB at Home, is now available to stream, giving audiences the opportunity to view a selection of the Company’s productions, with Ballet on Demand. Also available to view, by subscription, is BalletActive – a range of ballet-based classes. Read more ….

San Francisco Opera is ON(line) with ‘Un Ballo in Maschera’

San Francisco Opera’s 2014 production of ‘Un Ballo in Maschera’
© Cory Weaver/San Francisco Opera

San Francisco Opera continues its season of online opera productions on November 7th, with a performance from the Company’s archives of Giuseppe Verdi’s Un Ballo in Maschera. Read more ….

SFJAZZ – Fridays at Five in November

This month, SFJAZZ continues its highly successful Fridays at Five online performances – weekly pre-recorded concerts to connect jazz audiences to the music and musicians they love, and to help support the JAZZ Center and the artists who perform there, through these challenging times. Read more ….

American Ballet Theatre – creativity in challenging times

Pushing the boundaries of creativity in challenging times, American Ballet Theatre presents Pas de Deux, a series of short documentaries created by one of the company’s soloists, celebrating the collaboration between dance and four very different aspects of creativity – music, food, film and art. Read more ….

San Francisco Playhouse launches new season with online video stream of ‘Art’

Serge (Johnny Moreno), Marc (Jomar Tagatac), and Yvan (Bobak Bakhtiari*)
in Yasmina Reza’s ‘Art’

In a hugely welcome development, San Francisco Playhouse directors Bill English and Susi Damilano are thrilled to announce their first production of the new season – an online video stream of Yasmina Reza’s highly successful play, Art. Read more ….

PBS broadcasts documentary on Michael Tilson Thomas for US audiences

Michael Tilson Thomas – courtesy San Francisco Symphony

Highly charismatic, exceptionally creative and hugely popular with orchestras and audiences alike, Michael Tilson Thomas is the subject of the latest PBS documentary in its American Masters series – Michael Tilson Thomas: Where Now Is. Read more ….

San Francisco Opera streams Verdi’s ‘Attila’

Scene from San Francisco Opera’s production of ‘Attila’ © Cory Weaver/San Francisco Opera

In the second production of its Fall ‘Opera is ON’ season, San Francisco Opera streams a performance of Giuseppi Verdi’s Attila, recorded during a live performance in 2012, marking only the second occasion on which this opera was staged at the War Memorial Opera House. Read more ….

Les Ballets de Monte-Carlo launches Winter Season

Les Ballets de Monte-Carlo in Maillot’s ‘Altro Canto 1’ © Alice Blangero

Breaking off from its highly successful, and ongoing tour, to Biarritz, the German city of Ludwigshafen and Paris, Les Ballets de Monte-Carlo presents the first programme of the Winter Season in Monaco, showcasing two works by Choreographer-Director Jean-Christophe Maillot. Read more ….

The Royal Ballet is back on stage

The Royal Ballet celebrates its return to the stage with a performance streamed live from the Royal Opera House in Covent Garden on 9th October. Read more ….

‘Opera is ON’ – San Francisco Opera streams Puccini’s ‘Tosca’

Brian Jagde and Lianna Haroutounian in San Francisco Opera’s production of ‘Tosca’ © Cory Weaver/San Francisco Opera

San Francisco Opera continues to keep opera alive for its many enthusiasts – and in presenting the fall season online, gives many opera lovers the world over an opportunity to enjoy productions by this top tier company as well. Read more ….

The Royal Ballet streams Jerome Robbins’ ‘Dances at a Gathering’

When Jerome Robbins created Dances at a Gathering for New York City Ballet in 1969, he was returning to ballet after 13 highly successful years as a Broadway choreographer. Read more ….

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