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
2018This 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. ** 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 festive 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 (research from Paris),
- Muhly's Marnie (new from the Met),
- Heggie's It's a Wonderful Life. (new at SFO)
2017For the sake of my budget I made no opera trips farther away than San Francisco this year. To compensate the international opera festivals brought me an overwhelming selection of live streams.
- Gounod's Roméo et Juliette in HD is mentioned for intense sexiness. Vittorio Grigolo and Diana Damrau projected wonderful youthfulness. Met HD
- (JK)(AH) Giordano's Andrea Chénier from Munich with Jonas Kaufmann and Anja Harteros. I can't decide if I prefer this one. Live Stream. ##
- Rossini's opera Semiramide from Munich starred Joyce DiDonato in fine form. It was exciting to hear Semiramide sung by a mezzo. Live Stream.
- Jean-Philippe Rameau's Le temple de la Gloire was brought to us by Berkeley's Philharmonia Baroque. It featured traditional Baroque dancing. Local
- Bach's Matthew Passion from Berlin staged by Peter Sellars. I found this very moving. Delayed Stream
- (AN) Lohengrin from Dresden with Anna Netrebko and Piotr Beczala. This was mainly for fun but produced a DVD. Live Stream.
- Richard Strauss's Der Rosenkavalier from the Met with the spectacular cast assembled by Peter Gelb for Renée Fleming's retirement. Met HD ##
- Verdi's Rigoletto from San Francisco. Quinn Kelsey was one of the best Rigolettos I've ever seen. Local ##
- Fun things from the summer festivals, such as the bare boobs Tannhäuser from Munich, the Carmen as psychological treatment from Aix, La Clemenza di Tito from Glyndebourne and Salzburg##, Rigoletto from Orange, and the puppet Oberon from Salzburg. What a collection, and all from my computer room. Live Stream.
- Richard Strauss's Elektra from San Francisco. This included a modern production and Christine Goerke as Elektra. Local ##
- The new McVicar Norma from the Met. Met HD
For me there was much to love from all over the world in 2017. New operas for me:
- John Adams's Girls of the Golden West given its world premier by the San Francisco Opera (Live).
- Thomas Adès's The Exterminating Angel in HD from the Met (HD)
- Alma Deutscher's Cinderella made its American premier at Opera San Jose and was streamed.
- Jonathan Dove's Flight which was presented by Opera Parallele, (Live)
- Sebastian Fagerlund's Autumn Sonata from Finland (F),
- Handel's Theodora from Glyndebourne (F),
- Jimmy López's Bel Canto which was shown on television (F),
- Vicente Martín y Soler's The Chastity Tree by performed by West Edge (Live),
- Kirke Mechem's Tartuffe done live at CSUS,
- Mussorgsky's Sorochyntsi Fair from The Opera Platform (F),
- Rameau's Le Temple de la Gloire which was performed by Philharmonia Baroque (Live),
- Arthur Sullivan's Patience presented by Sacramento Lyric Opera (Live),
- Leonardo Vinci's Artaserse from an old film (F),
- Carl Maria von Weber's Oberon from Munich (LS),
** live, live stream or live in HD
** live, live stream or live in HD