This is just something fun and is constantly a work in progress. I went through the blog from the beginning to find the things that stood out in my memory. I am only including the things I liked and have trimmed it down to around 10 per year. If you're looking for pans, this isn't the place. I like a lot of stuff, but you will notice that La Boheme only appears twice.
My goal with opera is simply to fall in love. I prefer new opera performances because I'm not very likely to fall in love with people from the long ago past.
** live, live stream or HD
## top 20 all time
2018For another perspective on 2018 see the KK Awards.
This list is limited to performances that took place in 2018. This was another year without travel, but there is so much on the internet these days that it hardly matters. There is no order.
- Mozart's Cosi fan Tutte . I saw only one Mozart this year, and it was this overdone, rather silly circus. Nevertheless I loved it because it slanted the plot toward the arrogance and egotism of the men. ** Met HD
- Donizetti's Roberto Devereux live at the San Francisco Opera with Sondra Radvanovsky was even better than her performance in New York. ** Local
- (AN)Verdi's Aida with Anna Netrebko and Anita Rachvelishvili I loved Anna and Anita together and was surprised to see the same old production made to look new. The tenor sort of ruined it. Look it up in Met on Demand. ** Met HD
- (JK)(AH)Verdi's Otello live streamed from the Bayerische Staatsoper with Kaufmann and Harteros. It was an Otello for a lifetime. ** Live Stream.
- Benjamin's Lessons in Love and Violence from the ROH. This appears in the list because it's a new opera and starred Barbara Hannigan.
- Muhly's Marnie for the wonderful work of Isabel Leonard. ** Met HD
- The Sonya Yoncheva film festival from the Met in HD included Verdi's Luisa Miller, Puccini's La Boheme and Puccini's Tosca. Taken together this was a remarkable tour de force. My favorite was her Tosca. ** Met HD Another excellent opera this year that starred Sonya Yoncheva was Monteverdi's L'Incoronazione di Poppea from Salzburg. Live Stream.
- Mascagni's Cavalleria Rusticana and Leoncavallo's I Pagliacci live at the San Francisco Opera were magically joined into a single opera. ** Local
- Donizetti's Lucia di Lammermoor from Teatro Real, Madrid starring Lisette Oropesa and Javier Camarena. Wonderful singing.
- Meyerbeer's Les Huguenots streamed from Paris Opera Bastille starring Lisette Oropesa. I liked this best for Lisette who replaced Diana Damrau. **
New operas for me this year were:
- Verdi's Il Corsaro (it amazes me I can still see new Verdi),
- Donizetti's Il campanello di notte, done live at CSUS
- Petit's Le Jeu de l'Amour et du Hasard, done live at CSUS
- Benjamin's Lessons in Love and Violence (new this year),
- Weill's Die sieben Todsünden (research for Sellars),
- Stravinsky's Perséphone (research on DVD for Sellars),
- Rubinstein's The Demon (for Dmitri),
- Sullivan's The Gondoliers (I'm weak in the Gilbert and Sullivan area. Live in Sacramento),
- Britten's Albert Herring (research),
- Meyerbeer's Le Prophete (research from Toulouse),
- Meyerbeer's Les Huguenots live from Paris
- Muhly's Marnie (new from the Met),
- Heggie's It's a Wonderful Life. (new at SFO)
** live, live stream or live in HD