Announcement: OperaVision July Programme

OperaVision announces details of its free-view streaming programme for July 2020.

3 July at 19h CET | Tosca New Zealand Opera
7 July at 19h CET | Orfeo Nederlandse Reisopera
10 July at 19h CET | I puritani Oper Stuttgart
17 July at 19h CET | Infinite Now Opera Ballet Vlaanderen
24 July at 19h CET | Il barbiere di Siviglia Teatro de la Maestranza
28 July at 19h CET | Wahnfried Badisches Staatstheater Karlsruhe
31 July at 19h CET | Der fliegende Holländer Finnish National Opera

July on OperaVision opens with New Zealand Opera’s acclaimed 2015 production of Puccini’s Tosca which saw leading Kiwi tenor Simon O’Neill in his first major role at home in a decade as Cavaradossi. With Orla Boylan as Tosca and Phillip Rhodes as Scarpia, Stuart Maunder’s production is set in Italy in the 1950s, where life is shadowed by the mafia and post WW2 politics.

In January 2020, Nederlandse Reisopera (Dutch National Touring Opera) set itself the challenge to present the world’s oldest opera as a contemporary total work of art combining opera, dance and the visual arts. OperaVision shares their production of Orfeo directed by Monique Wagemakers. A mobile installation, designed by artist Lonneke Gordijn, forms a living organism and accompanies a homogenous group of ten singers and ten dancers permanently on stage.

Set in England during the Civil War, Bellini’s last opera I puritani opposes Royalist cavaliers and rebellious Puritans. Its sweeping historical drama and romantic intrigues inspired rapturous music of melancholy intensity from the composer. This production, directed by Jossi Wieler and Sergio Morabito from Oper Stuttgart in 2018, includes the entire score written for the work’s Paris premiere.

Chaya Czernowin’s harrowingly sublime work Infinite Now staged by Opera Ballet Vlaanderen in 2018 interweaves two seemingly unconnected storylines – Luk Perceval’s play FRONT based on Erich Maria Remarque’s novel All quiet on the Western front and Can Xue’s novella Homecoming – that both speak to the human condition of entrapment and existential nakedness, and beyond that to a will to survive.

Who can resist a production of Il barbiere di Siviglia from Seville itself? Teatro de la Maestranza’s popular 2016 staging with the Orquesta Sinfónica de Sevilla is directed by José Luis Castro and conducted by Giuseppe Finzi. Enjoy Rossini’s masterpiece of musical comedy playing at home.

The month ends with Wagner. Condemned to sail the seven seas until the end of the world, only true love can break the spell that torments the Flying Dutchman. In his 2017 production of Der fliegende Holländer at Finnish National Opera, Kasper Holten interprets the Wagnerian opera as a tale of artistic ambition and, by extension, one about Richard Wagner himself. In the same week that would have seen the opening of the 2020 Bayreuth Festival, OperaVision offers the Wagnerian family drama Wahnfried by Avner Dorman which premiered in Karlsruhe in 2017. Named after the house Richard Wagner built in Bayreuth, the opera tells the story of how Wagner’s music became the soundtrack of an antisemitic, populist movement, his broken, contradictory characters became stylized German heroes, and how Cosima, Houston, and other members of the Wagner Circle became patrons of the emerging fascism.

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