Thursday, December 15, 2011

Bavarian State Opera to conquer the interwebs

Following the example of Brussels's La Monnaie, the Bayerische Staatsoper (Bavarian State Opera) has announced a test program to stream video of their productions over the internet. The first two productions will be their delightful steampunk post-apocalyptic Elisir d'amore (pictured) on Saturday, January 7 with Pavol Breslik and Adriana Kucerová (which I saw about a year ago). The second will be--you might want to sit down--Don Carlo on January 22 with Jonas Kaufmann, Anja Harteros, René Pape, and Mariusz Kwiecien with Asher Fisch conducting and what looks like a rather traditional production by Jürgen Rose. It's not stated that the broadcasts will be archived online for later viewing (as La Monnaie's or Arte Live Web's are), so you might have to be there live. Thankfully they are both on weekend afternoons for those of us in the Americas.

Since this happens to be my very favorite opera house and I've missed my regular trips there this season, I think this is pretty good news. Also, don't forget that in late March we will get Stefan Herheim's miraculous Rusalka from Brussels.

The Bay Staats's press release is here.

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