This week I can do one thing I’ve tried to do for some weeks however was unable to perform till now. I wished to seek out sufficient movies and streams provided by American opera corporations to meet per week’s tour.
We begin on the Los Angeles Opera web site with a “Residing Room Recital.” Michael J. Hawk, baritone, sings a program entitled “Shakespeare in France and on Broadway” with three completely different pianists: Nino Sanikidze, Brendon Shapiro, and Louis Lohraseb. They carry out “Mab! la reine des mensonges” (“Mab, Queen of Lies”) from Roméo et Juliette by Charles Gounod and three arias from Ambroise Thomas’s Hamlet,“Ô vin dissipe la tristesse” (“O Wine Dispel Unhappiness”), “J’ai pu frapper le misérable…Être ou ne pas être” (“I may Hit the Wretch..To Be or to not Be”), and “La fatigue alourdit mes pas…Comme une pâle fleur” (“Fatigue weighs down my steps…Like a Pale Flower”). They conclude with two songs from Cole Porter’s Kiss Me, Kate,“So in Love” and “The place Is the Life that Late I Led?”
Leaving Los Angeles, our tour flies a brief distance to San Francisco the place members select numerous China-City eating places for dinner. Manon-la-Chat requests seafood takeout with none of these pesky greens people eat. She is a meat and fish woman.
San Francisco Opera’s 1981 efficiency of Aida options Margaret Value and Luciano Pavaroti as Aida and Radames in Sam Wanamaker’s staging of the Verdi masterpiece. Others within the forged are Stefania Toczyska, and Simon Estes; Maestro Garcia Navarro conducts.
Remembering final week’s disastrous cat-on-leash stroll, I advised Manon she has to attend till we park in a rural space the place she will run and soar freely. She was not proud of that ruling and have become even unhappier once I advised her that if I odor a drop of you-know-what in my mattress, a sure leaky cat will spend the night time within the further lavatory. Cats excel at revenge.
Flying in a single day to Vermont, we awake in a phenomenal rural space the place the bushes are turning pink and gold. Manon and I are mates once more and he or she romps in piles of colourful leaves. With the leaves blowing round her, she disappears into the maze as an animal ought to to be protected. An area restaurant serves us pancakes with actual maple syrup, the type that’s comprised of tree sap, not excessive fructose chemical soup. We spend the day photographing and I even paint a number of watercolor postcards. For dinner we eat recent caught lake trout served with roasted greens proper out of the backyard.
In Brandon, Vermont, Barn Opera is popping an 1850 farm construction into an opera home. It is a neighborhood challenge and a few of our tour members have volunteered as digital carpenters. They create good ideas, if not pounding hammers and elbow grease. It’s superb to see a neighborhood construct its personal theater.
That night, we take pleasure in Barn Opera’s rendition of Puccini’s La Bohemecarried out by Nicholas Giusti. The pianist is Claire Black; the violinist, Ryan Shannon; the cellist, Oliver Weston, and the clarinetist, Wesley Christensen. Singers embody Sonja Krenek, Suzanne Kantorski, Joshua Collier, Christopher Holmes, Suchan Kim, James Harrington and Fred Furnari.
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After a nightcap that features some native Ben and Jerry’s ice cream, we board our Magic Opera Flying Carpet for the New Jersey parking spot we use for journeys to New York Metropolis. On the way in which we watch Raehann Bryce Davis’ new video To The bothered.
To The bothered. Raehann Bryce Davis.
We spend a restful day on the west aspect of the Hudson River and later change to opera garments. Our bus drops us at Lincoln Heart for the Metropolitan Opera’s 2020 staging of Handel’s Agrippina.
The stream is free if readers go for a 7-day trial of Met-on-demand, or it prices $4.99 if readers simply need to watch that one opera.
The Met’s Agrippina may be seen starting Tuesday, October 27 for 24 hours. It options, Brenda Rae, Joyce DiDonato, Kate Lindsey, Iestyn Davies, Duncan Rock, and Matthew Rose.
After breakfast, we take a bus to Bard Faculty in Annandale, 90 miles north of town, for a efficiency of Ethel Smyth’s turn-of-the-20th-century opera, The Wreckers, directed by Thaddeus Strassberger. Music Director Leon Botstein conducts the American Symphony Orchestra. The forged consists of Katharine Goeldner, Sky Ingram, Louis Otey, Neal Cooper, and Michael Mayes.
Primarily based on historical past, The Wreckers tells of poor individuals residing on the Cornish coast within the late 19th century who have been allowed to “salvage” cargo from ships wrecked or their rugged coast. These individuals generally brought about wrecks, stole the cargo, and murdered the sailors as a result of they knew what occurred.
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After the present, we carry snacks aboard the bus to eat with the wine we’ve got been maintaining for our return journey to New Jersey and the Magic Opera Flying Carpet. Whereas we have been at Bard, Manon stayed busy knitting among the seats along with pink wool. Sadly we’ve got to chop aside her creation earlier than taking off for Salt Lake Metropolis.
We discovered a restaurant within the Salt Lake space that serves good sturdy espresso even its morning carry isn’t countenanced by the vast majority of native churchgoers. Thus, a late breakfast within the land that after belonged to the Utes is now not an issue. We loved platters of scrambled eggs with toast, hash brown potatoes, and that brown liquid the Turks delivered to Europe. For dinner, we order Navajo taco take-out with all of the fixins.
What would you do in case your wealthy relative dies intestate? Does his cash go to the federal government? Puccini’s opera Gianni Schicchi tells what one Italian household did in line with Dante
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From sunny, bucolic Utah, the Magic Opera Flying Carpet takes us to the rust-belt metropolis of Pittsburgh, as soon as well-known for its metal. There, we eat iconic Pittsburgh sandwiches which have two items of thick Italian bread stretched to include meat, cheese, tomatoes, coleslaw, and French fries. It is served on a sheet of wax paper.
For the Pittsburgh Opera Cosi fan Tutte,the conductor is Antony Walker and the director is Crystal Manich. Singers embody, Veronique Filloux, Angel Romero, Yazid Grey, Madeline Ehlinger, Jeremy Harr, and Maire Therese Carmack.Cosi is dwell and free on Oct. 23 @ 7:30 pm Japanese time.
After the opera we go to the South Facet for warm chocolate chip cookie fudge sundaes. After we return to the Magic Opera Flying Carpet, Manon is ready to snuggle up, purr, and assist us reminisce about our tour of opera in the USA whereas we return dwelling to Los Angeles.
Photograph courtesy of LA Opera.