Opera Premieres

Sundays in September


As of September 2nd, Stingray Brava offers masterful operas every Sunday afternoon for six consecutive weeks. In addition to popular classics such as Aida (Verdi), Tosca (Puccini), Carmen (Bizet), and Il Barbiere de Siviglia (Rossini), you can also discover lesser known jewels of the 18th century, including the opera Domenico Cimarosa's buffa Il Matrimonio segreto and a version of Shakespeare's Fallstaff by Antonio Salieri.

Sunday, September 2 at 14:15 CEST | Verdi - Aida

From the Arena di Verona: "Aida" by Giuseppe Verdi (1813-1901). Conductor: Daniel Oren - Stage director: Gianfranco de Bosio. With Hui He (Aida), Andrea Ulbrich (Amneris), Marco Berti (Radames), Ambrogio Maestri (Amonasro), Giacomo Prestia (Ramfis). It's an event that draws many thousands of music lovers to Verona every summer: the opera season at the ancient Roman Arena. Around 22,000 spectators regularly fill the amphitheater for the performances. Probably no opera oeuvre and opera house have become more synonymous than Giuseppe Verdi's "Aida" and the Arena di Verona: Verdi's most famous and most played opera opened the Arena of Verona as opera festival venue in 1913. Since then, the Arena of Verona with its gigantic stage dimensions and its historic charm of a 2,000-year-old roman amphitheatre set in one of the most beautiful cities in the world, has performed Verdi's masterpiece more than 500 times.

Sunday, September 9 at 14:10 CEST | Puccini - Tosca

Love, jealousy, torture, murder, suicide - all packed into a tautly woven drama of passionate musical outbursts and flowing lyricism. Puccini's verismo masterpiece demands a trio of vocal soloists of stellar quality. This Munich Festival production of "Tosca" meets all expectations. Conductor: Fabio Luisi - Stage director: Luc Bondy. The great Finnish soprano Karita Mattila infuses her Tosca with passion and controlled intensity. As her lover Cavaradossi, Jonas Kaufmann once again confirms his status as one of the leading tenors of our time, and Juha Uusitalo's evil Scarpia brims with dark menace.

Sunday, September 16 at 14:05 CEST | Domenico Cimarosa - Il Matrimonio segreto

Schwetzingen is a tiny town near Heidelberg which has a famous palace with magnificent gardens, not unlike those at Versailles. The Schwetzingen Festival is held every Spring in the palace and commissions a small-scale opera for the palace's exquisite Rococo theatre, built in 1752. Il matrimonio segreto is Cimarosa's most famous opera buffa which is reputed to have won so much popularity by Emperor Leopold II at its first performance in 1792 - the Austrian Emperor liked this masterpiece so much that he ordered to play it again from the beginning! The Drottningholm Court Theatre Orchestra under the baton of Hilary Griffiths accompany Carlos Feller, Georgine Resick and Barbara Daniels in Michael Hampe's elegant and colorful production of one of the few 18th century comic operas that has maintained its place in the repertoire until the present day. This production had already won international acclaim when staged in Paris, Stockholm and London - where it won the Olivier Award for Best Opera Production.

Sunday, September 23 at 14:05 CEST | Bizet – Carmen

From the Vienna State Opera: "Carmen" by Georges Bizet (1838-1875). Conductor: Andris Nelsons - Stage director: Franco Zeffirelli. Stealing the show of this "Carmen" production is Anna Netrebko as Micaela, who gives the role a strikingly authentic touch. The lead role is sung and acted with a panther-like grace by Bulgarian mezzo Nadia Krasteva. She and her equally dazzling fellow leads Massimo Giordano as Don José and Ildebrando D'Arcangelo as Escamillo infuse this revival of Franco Zeffirelli's 1978 production with drama and irrepressible life. Imparting his own personal stamp on the music is the young Latvian conductor Andris Nelsons, who leads the Orchestra of the Wiener Staatsoper with contagious passion and fresh, brisk tempi.

Sunday, September 30 at 14:05 CEST | Antonio Salieri – Falstaff

Arnold Östman directs the Ludwigshafen Theater Choir and the Stuttgart Radio Symphony Orchestra in a performance by Antonio Salieri's Falstaff. This recording was filmed at the Schwetzingen Festival in 1995 and directed by Michael Hampe. Regardless of the opinion of Mozart in the movie Amadeus (1984), Salieri was one of the most respected composers of his time. The Falstaff Salieri is a very pleasant opera buffa, composed in the purest tradition of the time. The cast is mainly composed of American singers: the veteran specialist Carlos Feller embodies a Bardolfo cannot be more Italian, John Del Carlo is a very attractive Falstaff, and Teresa Ringholz shows a great comic spirit. Other soloists include Richard Croft (Mr. Ford), Delores Ziegler (Ms. Slender), Jake Gardner (Mr. Slender), and Darla Brooks (Betty, the Ford maid).

Sunday, October 7 at 14:05 CEST | Il barbiere de Siviglia

Gabrielle Ferro conducts the Stuttgart Radio Symphony Orchestra and Cologne City Opera Choir in a production of Giacchino Rossini’s Il Barbiere di Siviglia. Michael Hampe’s humorous direction of this 1988 live performance at the Schwetzinger Festspiele stands out with its high tempo that makes for a highly exuberant production. Among the soloists are Cecilia Bartoli, David Kuebler, Gino Quilico, Carlos Feller and Robert Lloyd. Rossini was only 24 years old when he wrote his seventeenth and most famous opera, Il Barbiere di Siviglia, in an astonishing three weeks in 1816.