United States UNSTAGED: Pittsburgh Festival Opera Pandemic Season: Various artists, Pittsburgh Festival Opera, streaming from Pittsburgh, 10-26.7.2020. (RP)
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
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.
Germany Met Stars Live in Concert : Jonas Kaufmann (tenor) and Helmut Deutsch (piano). Live stream (directed by Gary Halvorson) from Polling Abbey, Polling bei Weilheim, 18.7.2020. (RP)
United 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)
Met Stars Live in Concert – 12 concerts from 18 July to 19 December
In a Zoom press conference, The Metropolitan Opera unveiled its plans for an upcoming series of 12 concerts featuring some of opera’s greatest international stars.
Jonas Kaufmann review click here
Renée Fleming review click here
Roberto Alagna and Aleksandra Kurzak review click here
United Kingdom National Theatre at Home – Robert Nemiroff’s adaptation of Lorraine Hansberry’s Les Blancs: filmed on stage at the National Theatre in 2016 and viewed on 9.7.2020. (RP)
United States Verdi, Il trovatore: Soloists, Chorus and Orchestra of the Metropolitan Opera, New York / James Levine (conductor). 15.10.1988 performance reviewed as Nightly Met Opera Stream on 7.7.2020. (RP)
United Kingdom National Theatre at Home – Helen Edmundson’s adaptation of Andrea Levy’s Small Island: filmed live on stage at the National Theater in May 2019 and viewed on 24.6.2020. (RP)