United Kingdom BBC Proms Live – Rossini, Mascagni, Dukas, Saint-Saëns: Jonathan Scott (organ), Royal Albert Hall, London, Broadcast on BBC Radio 3 and BBC iPlayer, 29.8.2020. (RP)
United States Rossini, Il barbiere di Siviglia: Soloists, Chorus and Orchestra of The Metropolitan Opera / Ralf Weikert (conductor). Performance of 3.12.1988 reviewed as a Nightly Met Opera Stream on 22.8.2020. (RP)
United States Verdi, Un ballo in maschera: Soloists, Chorus and Orchestra of The Metropolitan Opera, New York / James Levine (conductor). Performance of 26.1.1991, reviewed as a Nightly Met Opera Stream on 20.8.2020. (RP)
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.
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
United States Met Stars Live in Concert  – Renée Fleming (soprano) and Robert Ainsley (piano): Live stream (directed by Gary Halvorson) from Dumbarton Oaks, Washington, DC, 1.8.2020. (RP)
United 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)
United States UNSTAGED: Pittsburgh Festival Opera Pandemic Season: Various artists, Pittsburgh Festival Opera, streaming from Pittsburgh, 10-26.7.2020. (RP)