Opera Philadelphia’s 2020-21 season

Opera Philadelphia reinvents the 2020-2021 season

With the COVID-19 pandemic forcing opera companies away from gathering large audiences in theaters, Opera Philadelphia is taking the next step into the art form’s future with the launch of the Opera Philadelphia Channel. This global broadcast platform will bring a revised 2020-2021 season into opera lovers’ homes via their television screens and streaming devices.

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Pittsburgh Opera’s 2020-21 season

Pittsburgh Opera announces its 2020-21 season

Live opera performances will take place in Pittsburgh this coming season. However, in response to on-going COVID-19 uncertainty and concerns, Pittsburgh Opera is modifying the 2020-21 season, the company’s 82nd. Rather than six operas at four different venues, the season will now consist of four operas performed at the George R. White Opera Studio at Pittsburgh Opera’s headquarters in the city’s Strip District.

Each of the four operas are currently scheduled for six performances:

Così fan tutte – 17, 20, 23, 25, 27, 29 October 2020
Soldier Songs – 5, 8, 11, 13, 15, 17 December 2020
Semele – 20, 23, 26, 28 February & 2, 4 March 2021
Charlie Parker’s Yardbird – 10, 13, 16, 18, 20, 22 April 2021

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In the second Met Stars concert, Renée Fleming gives voice to comfort and hope from Washington

United StatesUnited States Met Stars Live in Concert [2] – Renée Fleming (soprano) and Robert Ainsley (piano): Live stream (directed by Gary Halvorson) from Dumbarton Oaks, Washington, DC, 1.8.2020. (RP)

Renée Fleming at Dumbarton Oaks

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Back in Harmony – a new digital world for The King’s Singers

United KingdomUnited Kingdom Back in Harmony – Various: The King’s Singers, Holy Trinity Church, Chrishall, Herts. Stream viewed via IDAGIO’s Global Concert Hall on 30.7.2020. (RP)

The King’s Singers with John Rutter outside Chrishall’s Holy Trinity Church

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Pittsburgh Festival Opera beats the pandemic with grit, ingenuity and technology

United StatesUnited States UNSTAGED: Pittsburgh Festival Opera Pandemic Season: Various artists, Pittsburgh Festival Opera, streaming from Pittsburgh, 10-26.7.2020. (RP)

Marianne Cornetti

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A CONVERSATION WITH MICHAEL BROFMAN, FOUNDER AND ARTISTIC DIRECTOR OF THE BROOKLYN ART SONG SOCIETY

Rick Perdian spoke with Michael Brofman, founder and artistic director of the Brooklyn Art Song Society, about the impact of the pandemic on the organization and its plans for the future

Michael Brofman © Meg Goldberg

In the midst of its tenth anniversary season, the Brooklyn Art Song Society (BASS) had to cancel everything when New York became the global epicenter of the novel coronavirus in March. For its 2020-21 season, BASS is going digital and will celebrate the legacy of Franz Schubert, the first and arguably the greatest composer of German Lieder, with five programs of more than 100 of his songs. In addition, BASS will launch the New Voices Festival, which seeks to reimagine the art song for the twenty-first century.

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The Met presents Jonas Kaufmann Live in Concert from Bavaria

GermanyGermany Met Stars Live in Concert [1]: Jonas Kaufmann (tenor) and Helmut Deutsch (piano). Live stream (directed by Gary Halvorson) from Polling Abbey, Polling bei Weilheim, 18.7.2020. (RP)

Jonas Kaufmann (tenor) and Helmut Deutsch (piano) at Polling Abbey
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Works & Process – Guggenheim and Met Present New Works by Missy Mazzoli and Nico Muhly

United StatesUnited States Works & Process Artists Virtual Commissions – Mazzoli, Muhly: Co-presented by Guggenheim Museum & Metropolitan Opera, New York, and streamed online 12-13.7.2020. (RP)

Missy Mazzoli © Victor Naine/I Hate Flash

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