Three interesting operas to see within next 10 days on Mezzo-TV:
- Alcina from Vienna, that we got to see in Paris in concert, was filmed in Vienna and it will be broadcast tomorrow, February 8 at 20:30 (cet) dir-Adrian Noble, cnd-Marc Minkowski, cast: Anja Harteros, Veronica Cangemi, Vesselina Kasarova, Kristina Hammarström, Benjamin Bruns, Adam Plachetka
- Giulio Cesare from Opéra Garnier in Paris will be on Mezzo-TV next Saturday, February 12 at 20:30 (cet)
dir-Laurent Pelly, cnd-Emmanuelle Haïm, cast: Lawrence Zazzo, Natalie Dessay, Isabel Leonard, Christophe Dumaux, Varduhi Abrahamyan, Nathan Berg, Dominique Visse, Aimery Lefèvre
- Francesca da Rimini from Opéra Bastille in Paris will be live broadcast on Wednesday, February 16 at 19:30 (cet) dir-Giancarlo Del Monaco, cnd-Daniel Oren, cast: Svetla Vassilieva, Roberto Alagna, William Joyner, George Gagnidze, Wojtek Smilek, Louise Callinan...
Bobby is apparently in top form vocally and after 7 years of absence from the Paris Opera he's back, in the role of Paolo [Francesca da Rimini] in the production that apparently received a cascade of boos after the premiere. After the atrocious production of Andrea Chénier last year, I obviously would not pay to see any opera "directed" by Giancarlo del Monaco anymore, but since it goes on TV I may give it a try.
Do subscribe to Mezzo-TV if you possibly can. It's not expensive at all, the program they offer is really great (opera, concerts -- as well as jazz, if you like it), and they need subscribers to keep doing such a great job as they did thus far.
And last but not least, there is a video available for free viewing of the entire closing concert of the Folle Journée de Nantes, in the last part of which you may find a superb Olga Peretyatko singing Vier Letzte Lieder [starting from the 1:03:50 mark in the video appended below]