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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