Friday, December 30, 2016

Favorites by Year 2016

I traveled twice this year, first to Berlin for Strauss, and then to Paris.

For another perspective on 2016 see KK Awards.
  • (JK) Jonas Kaufmann at La Scala was a Fathom Events broadcast of a concert.  This is available on DVD and may be a better version than the CD recording.  Fathom Event

  • Elektra ** at the Deutsche Oper, Berlin.  This was a fabulous cast, Evelyn Herlitzius, a very workable production and Donald Runnicles. This was the best of the Strauss in Berlin. Travel Live
  • Elektra in HD **  The Met Elektra was close behind Berlin in excellence.  This is a great opera which could be seen on the Met On Demand.    Met HD

  • Roberto Devereux in HD **  This was the third in Sondra Radvanovsky's tour de force three queens cycle at the Met.  Her portrayal of Elizabeth I was spectacular.  I liked the staging very much.   Met HD

  • Jenůfa at SFO.  **  This was the highlight of the San Francisco Opera season with Karita Mattila in peak form.  The intensity was at times overwhelming.   Local Live ##
  • Les Indes Galantes from Munich **  The Rameau music was so gorgeous that one didn't mind the regie production.  The world needs more Rameau.  Live Stream.
  • Béatrice et Bénédict by Berlioz from Glyndebourne. **  It is shocking to me that I have never seen this charming opera performed before.  The English love it because the story is from Shakespeare, and it was a Shakespeare year.  Live Stream.

  • Vĕc Makropulos at SFO **  Perhaps the San Francisco Opera will do Janáček every year.  Nadja Michael made this very special.   Local Live ##
  • Tristan und Isolde in HD **  Simon Rattle conducted the most glorious Tristan of my lifetime.   Met HD ##
  • I'm going to award the singing prize to Sondra Radvanovsky.
I was disappointed in the overall quality of Strauss conducting in Berlin.  The subtlety was missing.

Here is my list of new operas:
  • Thomas Adès' Powder her Face at West Edge,
  • Hector Berlioz' Béatrice et Bénédict streamed from Glyndebourne,
  • Cavalli's Eliogabalo streamed from Paris
  • Terence Blanchard's Champion live at Opera Parallèle
  • Domenico Cimarosa's Il matrimonio segreto live at CSUS,
  • Handel's Agrippina at West Edge,
  • Paul Hindemith's Sancta Susanna live in Paris.
  • Heinrich Marschner's Der Vampyr live in Berlin,
  • Jean-Philippe Rameau's opéra-ballet Les Indes galante streamed from Munich,
  • Bright Sheng's Dream of the Red Chamber live from San Francisco Opera,
  • Stockhausen's Donnerstag aus Licht streamed from Basel,
  • Strauss's Die ägyptische Helena live in Berlin,
  • Strauss's Die Liebe der Danae live in Berlin
## top 20 all time
** live, live stream or live in HD 

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