San Francisco Opera to mount a virtual Ring Festival in March

San Francisco Opera’s Ring Festival 

There is nothing in music quite like a Ring Festival. As with a cricket test match or a baseball World Series, the four-day sequence of Wagner operas stands as a pinnacle of the form, draws the attention of aficionados from near and far, and often plays out with ancillary events that broaden the scope beyond the main affair.

Greer Grimsley (Wotan) and Iréne Theorin (Brünnhilde)
in Die Walküre final scene (c) Cory Weaver/SFO

San Francisco Opera announced plans on 16 February to stream videos of its excellent 2018 Der Ring des Nibelungen on four weekends in March, along with a new set of lectures, interviews and panel discussions on Zoom. Similar to events that were presented with the series when it was mounted in 2018, these live sidebars focus on individuals from the cast and creative team.

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Zakir Hussain gets symphony musicians into a North Indian mood

United StatesUnited States CURRENTS – Rhythm Spirits: Zakir Hussain (curator, tabla), Kala Ramnath (Indian classical violin), members of San Francisco Symphony. Recorded at Davies Hall, San Francisco, and first streamed 18.2.2021. (HS)

Violinist In Sun Jang and tabla master Zakir Hussain playing Sands of Time

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A short but sweet opener for Salonen’s San Francisco Symphony debut

United StatesUnited States Various: Polina Sedukh (violin), members of San Francisco Symphony / Esa-Pekka Salonen (curator and music director), recorded at Davies Hall, San Francisco, and first streamed 4.2.2021. (HS)

Yun Jie Liu (viola), Esa-Pekka Salonen (conductor), & Barbara Bogatin (cello)

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Singing in Blaibach, Germany, Julia Bullock gets to the heart of healing music

United StatesUnited States Various, Julia Bullock (classical singer) and Laura Poe (piano): Recorded at Konzerthaus Blaibach, Germany, 10.12.2020, exclusively for Cal Performances, Berkeley, California. Available as a livestream from 14.1.2021-14.4.2021. (HS)

Julia Bullock singing Weill’s ‘Speak Low’ with Laura Poe (piano)

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Via L.A. from Linz: Philip Glass’s new Piano Sonata shows he is still maturing at age 83

AustriaAustria Various – Maki Namekawa (piano): Prerecorded live at Ars Electronica, Linz, Austria, and video streamed by the Center for the Art of Performance at the University of California, Los Angeles, 12.1.2021-14.1.2021. (HS)

Philip Glass and Maki Namekawa

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The Dover Quartet and a lively romp through Ligeti

Dover Quartet

United StatesUnited States Haydn, Ligeti, Dvořák – Dover Quartet (Joel Link, Bryan Lee, [violins], Milena Pajaro-van de Stadt [viola], Camden Shaw [cello]): Exclusively for Cal Performances at Home from Gould Rehearsal Hall, Curtis Institute of Music, Philadelphia, 16.10.2020. Streaming 10.12.2020 to 10.3.2021 (click here). (HS)

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Filmed in Bergen, streamed from Berkeley, Leif Ove Andsnes takes a mild approach to piano classics

United StatesUnited States Various: Leif Ove Andsnes (piano), recorded at Håkon’s Hall, Bergen, Norway, 23.9.2020. Streamed by Cal Performances at Home, Berkeley, from 3.12.2020 to 3.1.2021. (HS)

Leif Ove Andsnes in Håkon’s Hall, Bergen, Norway

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Jake Heggie’s Three Decembers fits smoothly into Opera San Jose’s creative video format

United StatesUnited States Jake Heggie, Three Decembers: Veronika Agranov-Dafoe and Sunny Yoon (pianos) / Christopher James Ray (conductor), fully staged production by Opera San Jose, video made at Fred Heiman Digital Media Studio, San Jose, California, and streaming from 3.12.2020 to 31.12.2020. (HS)

Susan Graham, Efraín Solís, & Maya Kherani in Three Decembers (c) David Allen

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