Three contemporary works in San Francisco Ballet’s latest stream
San Francisco Ballet devotes the fifth program of its current digital season to a triple bill by three contemporary choreographers – Helgi Tomasson’s 7 for Eight, Cathy Marston’s Snowblind and David Dawson’s Anima Animus. Read more ….
San Francisco Opera streams Verdi’s historic drama ‘Don Carlo’
San Francisco Opera continues its Opera is ON series of productions with an online performance of Verdi’s historic drama, Don Carlo. This story of passion and betrayal, of conflict between father and son, of political intrigue, heartbreak and devotion, is set against the grandeur of the 16th century Spanish court. It stars American tenor Michael Fabiano in the title role, with Puerto Rican soprano Ana María Martínez as his beloved, Princess Elisabetta. Read more ….
Three works in Les Ballets de Monte-Carlo’s Spring Season
For its Spring Season, Les Ballets de Monte-Carlo presents three full-length narrative ballets by Choreographer/Director Jean-Christophe Maillot. Coppél-i.A., LAC and Le Songe share a similar theme – exploring human nature through the spectrum of ‘fantastic’ (in the literal sense) beings – an artificial woman, a flock of swans ruled by a monster, and a host of fairy-like characters. Read more …..
Royal Ballet streams MacMillan and Ashton classics
The Royal Ballet is currently streaming two of the most beautiful abstract works created by British choreographers during the last century – Kenneth MacMillan’s Concerto and Frederick Ashton’s Symphonic Variations. These two works represent pure classical ballet at its absolute best – each defined by exquisite choreography and each set to a score not necessarily written for ballet, yet supremely appropriate. Read more …
Latest online productions from San Francisco Symphony
Under the guidance of Music Director Esa-Pekka Salonen the San Francisco Symphony continues to contribute to the world of online productions with the latest SoundBox and CURRENTS programs on the SFSymphony+ platform. Read more ….
Met Opera productions online – ‘From Page to Stage‘
The Metropolitan Opera continues its highly popular streams of Live in HD productions and classic telecasts, taking as its next theme From Page to Stage – a week of operas based on works by some of the world’s greatest authors. These include Gounod’s Faust, Verdi’s Rigoletto, Tchaikovsky’s Eugene Onegin, Zandonai’s Francesca da Rimini, The Nose by Shostakovich, Gounod’s Roméo et Juliette, and Verdi’s Luisa Miller. Read more ….
April line-up for ‘Fridays at Five’ with SFJAZZ
SFJAZZ continues to provide top-flight online programming in its Fridays at Five sessions – the month of April featuring bass guitarist Marcus Miller, vocalists Claudia Villela and Daymé Arocena and the Sun Ra Arkestra – plenty to enjoy! Read more ….
San Francisco Ballet streams Balanchine’s ‘Jewels’
George Balanchine’s brilliant creation, Jewels, is the next production in San Francisco Ballet’s 2021 digital season. First staged by the Company in March 2002, Jewels is an abstract work of three one-act ballets, each completely different in style – admirably suited to the versatility of San Francisco Ballet. Read more ….
Concertbouw Orchestra streams Bach’s ‘St Matthew Passion’
American Ballet Theatre streams digital program of works by Ratmansky
Monte-Carlo Opera stages ‘I Lombardi alla Prima Crociata’
SF Symphony & Post:ballet stream ‘Playing Changes’
An interesting aspect of online streaming is the creativity which it has inspired, as demonstrated by this partnership between the San Francisco Symphony and local contemporary dance company, Post:ballet. Read more ….
Monte-Carlo welcomes back its Festival Printemps des Arts
It’s good news indeed to hear that the Festival Printemps des Arts de Monte-Carlo is taking place this year. Due to the pandemic, there’s a change to the format, in that it’s being held over five weekends, but, with five different themes – École de Vienne (the Viennese School), Portrait Franz Liszt, Musique Française, Le Clavecin Dans Tous Ses États (The Harpsichord in all its Forms) and Théâtre Musical, the Festival promises to deliver as much variety as ever. Read more ….
Royal Ballet does ragtime with MacMillan’s ‘Elite Syncopations’
The Royal Ballet’s online stream this Friday is a performance of Kenneth MacMillan’s delightful ballet, Elite Syncopations. Set to music by Scott Joplin, it’s one of the most joyful pieces in the Company’s repertoire. Read more ….
English National Ballet’s ‘Manon’ now available to rent
English National Ballet’s production of Kenneth MacMillan’s gorgeous interpretation of Manon is now available to rent. The passionate and ultimately tragic account of a young girl who was as much in love with romance as with the trappings of wealth, was described by The Telegraph as “A truly irresistible tragedy… dramatic, thrilling, affecting”, and by The Express as “exquisitely beautiful”. Read more ….
Gilbert leads all-Gershwin programme at Concertgebouw
This week’s online performance from the Concertgebouw Orchestra in Amsterdam focuses on the music of New York, as Alan Gilbert leads an all-Gershwin programme with pianist Stefano Bollani as soloist in Rhapsody in Blue. Also featured in the programme are Gershwin’s Cuban Overture and Catfish Row – the orchestral suite from Porgy and Bess. Read more ….
The SFJAZZ ‘Fridays at Five’ line-up for March
Another World Premiere for San Francisco Ballet
The third program in San Francisco Ballet’s digital season, which opens on March 4th, features two of the most successful works in the Company’s contemporary repertoire – Alexei Ratmansky’s Symphony #9 from his Shostakovich Trilogy, and Swimmer by Choreographer in Residence Yuri Possokhov. The program also heralds another World Premiere for San Francisco Ballet – Wooden Dimes by Danielle Rowe. Read more …..
Bryn Terfel stars in San Francisco Opera’s ‘Falstaff’ online
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
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
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’
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
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 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
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’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
February’s ‘Fridays at Five’ line-up from 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
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
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
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 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 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’
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’
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
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
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
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
Met Opera streams Bryn Terfel Live in Concert
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
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
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
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’
San Francisco Symphony & new Music Director present digital concert
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’
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’
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
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’
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
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
‘Opera is ON’ – San Francisco Opera streams Puccini’s ‘Tosca’
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’