Saturday, December 30, 2017

Favorites by Year 2017

For 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.

For another perspective on 2017 see KK Awards.
  • 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 over the one from La Scala.   Live Stream.  ##20

  • 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
  • (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  ##20

The singing prize goes to Quinn Kelsey for his magnificent Rigoletto.

For me there was much to love from all over the world in 2017.  New operas for me:

  1. John Adams's Girls of the Golden West given its world premier by the San Francisco Opera (Live). **
  2. Thomas Adès's The Exterminating Angel in HD from the Met (HD) **
  3. Alma Deutscher's Cinderella made its American premier at Opera San Jose and was streamed.
  4. Jonathan Dove's Flight which was presented live by Opera Parallele, **
  5. Sebastian Fagerlund's Autumn Sonata from Finland (F),
  6. Handel's Theodora from Glyndebourne on DVD (F),
  7. Jimmy López's Bel Canto which was shown on television (F),
  8. Vicente Martín y Soler's The Chastity Tree performed live by West Edge **
  9. Kirke Mechem's Tartuffe done live at CSUS,**
  10. Mussorgsky's Sorochyntsi Fair from The Opera Platform (F),
  11. Poulenc's La Voix Humaine live from the San Francisco Opera  **
  12. Rameau's Le Temple de la Gloire which was performed live by Philharmonia Baroque **
  13. Arthur Sullivan's Patience presented live by Sacramento Light Opera **
  14. Leonardo Vinci's Artaserse from an old film (F),
  15. Carl Maria von Weber's Oberon from Munich live stream regie.
##20 top 20 all time
** live, live stream or live in HD

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