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Handel’s Ariodante at Carnegie Hall 2017

… was fabulous 😀 the drama, the singing! the hair. Now waiting with baited breath (and a nice assortment of screencaps) for it to cross the Atlantic.

Since I got a bit of traffic on this quip, here are some more screenshots with JDD, since we won’t see her in Europe:


The future of opera live streaming

ffwOne day in the not so distant feature we will get a make-your-own-adventure type of opera webcast (and later DVD) – where they have set cameras around the venue and you can watch what you want (within limits but at least not just the TV director’s version of the production). Or that’s how I hope we can make the most of these CCTV-happy times we live in. For now it’s a bit less exciting but sets your mind rolling:

Imagine being able to watch it all from different angles: want to see the audience’s mugshots when the Idomeneo rubber shark is being sung to? How about a short tour of Die Marschallin’s Glyndebourne bathroom whilst Octavian is shaving? What of the perilously upside-down hanging Orfeo – want to make sure his straps are a-ok? Or Nerone and Lucano in the bath? (I always wanted an even more detailed look at that oddly erotic scene), or a perennial favourite or mine: playing Where’s Tito? during the Salzburg Serbate dei custodi. A game for perpetually busy minds, perhaps.


Glyndebourne 2014 is on

The East Sussex festival kicks off today with a performance of their new Der Rosenkavalier production, which will be broadcast live in cinemas and streaming online on 8 June. Watch it if you can, Tara Erraught rocks 🙂

Looks like they aren’t live streaming anything else this year, which is a shame. The only other one they will be showing in cinemas (pre-recorded in 2010) is Don Giovanni on various dates in July. That one boasts Pisaroni’s very funny Leporello, so it’s worth checking out, if you don’t own the DVD.

A propos of nothing, I noticed this year the shuttle bus ticket is not included in the ticket price. Hard times?