OperaVision

OperaVision

Charting the journeys of singers on four competitive young artist programmes across Europe. From masterclasses and performances, to rehearsal rooms and dressing rooms, we hear the motivations, desires and the challenges they face - along with insight from experts on how they are nurturing the next generation of opera talent. read less
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Opera goes green
01-03-2024
Opera goes green
With its extensive international travel, sets and costumes created for individual productions, many of which are then disposed of, opera does not have a reputation for being particularly green. However, companies and individuals are now making great strides towards sustainability in the face of the climate crisis and are continuing to find ways to make spaces and performances more environmentally sustainable. In this episode we find out how activists and individuals are challenging the status quo - working towards sustainability in the face of the climate crisis.  Nina speaks to Sebastien Gueze, the French Tenor and activist responsible for publishing the BIOPERA essay, who now also works as a sustainability consultant for the French government, and Italian Stage Director Ilaria Lanzino who has directed a pilot CO2 neutral production at Oper Leipzig.   Watch now on Opera Vision Artifacts Assembly from Young Artists at the Palau de les Arts Documentary from Oper Frankfurt on audition training for the Paul Hindemith Orchestra Academy Masterclass with Sarah Connolly   Eco entertainment Masque of Might from Opera North   Music extracts Introduction and closing from Die Entführung aus dem Serail (Mozart): Overture Massenet ‘Alors c'est bien ici’ from Werther with tenor Mario Chang and the Opéra Orchestre National Montpellier Sivan Eldar ‘Wood behaviour’ from Like Flesh (words: Cordelia Lynn) with soprano Juliette Allen and baritone William Dazeley from Opéra de Lille. Watch flashback here Handel ‘Verdi prati’ from Alcina with countertenor Patrick Terry at Opera North. Watch flashback here Find out more about Ilaria Lanzino here Find out more about Sebastien Guèze here Access Sebastien’s BIOPÉRA Essay (in French) here Find out about Opera North’s Green Season here
Misogyny in opera
01-12-2023
Misogyny in opera
‘Is opera the most misogynistic art form?’ asked Charlotte Higgins in The Guardian back in 2016, noting that the genre itself seems to devour women. In Classical Music Magazine in 2020, Becca Marriott argued that ‘Sexism is preventing women from forging a career in opera’. Over the course of the next episodes, we are looking at how voices in opera are calling for change to make it better for the next generation of operatic talent. In this episode, we investigate misogyny in opera both on the stage and behind the scenes, and investigate the lived experience of artists who are striving to make the opera world a place where everyone feels welcome, respected and safe.   View the OperaVision website here Watch now on Opera Vision Oper Frankfurt From Studio to Stage Opera for Peace Masterclasses with Ailyn Perez & Brian Jagde Il Viaggio a Reims (Rossini), Rossini Opera Festival Accademia Rossiniana BBC Cardiff Singer of the World with Nombulelo Yende Dana Lynne Varga www.danavarga.com The Empowered Musician https://theempoweredmusician.com/ Mass Opera https://massopera.org/ Rosie Middleton https://rosiemiddleton.com/ Derri Joseph Lewis https://derrijosephlewis.com/   Music extracts Introduction and closing from Die Entführung aus dem Serail (Mozart): Overture Bizet ‘L'amour est un oiseau rebelle’ (Habanera) from Carmen with mezzo-soprano Evgenia Asanova at the Staatsoper Hannover. Watch extract here   Massenet ‘Je marche sur tous les chemins’ from Manon with soprano Elsa Dreisig at the Hamburg State Opera. Watch extract here   Donizetti 'Regnava nel silenzio' from Lucia di Lammermoor with soprano Lisette Oropesa at the Teatro Real Madrid. Watch full extract here
Oper Frankfurt: your best is enough
01-07-2023
Oper Frankfurt: your best is enough
This month, OperaVision takes you from the Studio at Oper Frankfurt to backstage at BBC Cardiff Singer of the World. Nombulelo Yende shares her hopes and fears about performing in front of experts and an international audience, while Clara Hyoyoung Kim is honest about the challenges of clashing schedules and saying ‘no’ when it is necessary. Meanwhile the visiting expert Matthias Rexroth sets the bar extremely high for young singers.   View the OperaVision website here Watch now on Opera Vision BBC Cardiff Singer of the World https://operavision.eu/de/performance/bbc-cardiff-singer-world-2023-final Frankfurt Opera Studio Soirée https://operavision.eu/performance/frankfurt-opera-studio-soiree Frankfurt Opera Studio Documentary https://operavision.eu/performance/frankfurt-opera-studio-soiree Opera for Peace Masterclasses with Ailyn Perez & Brian Jagde: https://operavision.eu/de/performance/ailyn-perez-brian-jagde-masterclass   Cendrillon (Viardot) from the Young Artists at the Palau de Les Arts Centre de Perfeccionament https://operavision.eu/performance/cendrillon-0   Music Extracts Introduction & closing: Die Entführung aus dem Serail (Mozart): Overture. Bellini: Ah! Non credea mirarti! from La Sonnambula, Clara Hyoyoung Kim (Soprano) Felice Venanzoni (Piano) Moniuszko: Ha! Dzieciątko nam umiera...O mój maleńki from Halka, Nombulelo Yende (Soprano) live from the 11th Moniuszko Vocal Competition at Polish National Opera
Palau de les Arts
03-01-2023
Palau de les Arts
From one young singer who left her academy without permission to sing at her audition in Valencia, to another being interrupted in his dressing room by the artistic director of Teatro Real, we hear the unusual journeys of three young artists at the Centre de Perfeccionament, Palau de les Arts in Valencia.  We have conversations on how to perform your best under pressure, ways of getting through feeling deeply overwhelmed and hear about the importance of using the tools at your fingertips and making the most of every single opportunity.   View the OperaVision website here Watch now on Opera Vision An evening of Operetta & Zarzeuela from the Centre de Perfeccionament del Palau de les Arts (until 16.03.23) Il Viaggio a Reims with the Accademia Rossiniana at the Rossini Opera Festival (until 13.02.23) Lawrence Brownlee & Thomas Hampson’s Masterclasses with Opera for Peace (until 26.02.23) Music Extracts Introduction & closing: Die Entführung aus dem Serail (Mozart): Overture. Mozart Deh, vieni non tardar from Le Nozze di Figaro, Soprano Iria Souto Fernandez, Pianist Cèlia Margalef Boquera. Jacques Offenbach Ô mon cher amant from La Périchole, Mezzo-soprano Laura Orueta, Pianist Ignacio Aparisi. Oscar Straus Le programme, Messieurs, Dames from Les trois valses. Baritones Alejandro Sánchez, Marcelo Solís Pianist Ignacio Aparisi. Francisco Asenjo Barbieri Aquí estoy ya vestida from El barberillo de Lavapiés  Mezzo-sopranos: Mariana García, Laura Orueta, Pianist Ignacio Aparisi.
Oper Frankfurt
01-12-2022
Oper Frankfurt
Four Young Artists from Oper Frankfurt’s Opera Studio share their stories – from their first auditions in front of the Intendant Bernd Loebe, and on to negotiating their way through the early months of the programme and taking on major roles in mainstage productions. Along the way they explore how to filter the very best advice from experts, discover the necessity of dealing with the inner critic, and learn to listen to and trust their own unique voice. We also hear insights from the other side of the table, with Thomas Stollberger who runs Opera Studio sharing his thoughts on finding the right balance to support and nurture the next generation of young artists.   Watch now on OperaVision: Nombulelo Yende’s winning performance at the Moniuszko Vocal Competition (until 11.12.22) Il Viaggio a Reims with the Accademia Rossiniana at the Rossini Opera Festival (until 13.02.23) Lawrence Brownlee & Thomas Hampson’s Masterclasses with Opera for Peace (until 26.02.23) An evening of Operetta & Zarzeuela from the Centre de Perfeccionament del Palau de les Arts (until 16.03.23)   Music extracts: Introduction & closing: Die Entführung aus dem Serail (Mozart): Overture Snegurochka (Rimski-Korsakov) aria S podruzhkami po yakodu khodit, Hyyoung Kim accompanied by Yuna Kudo Morgen (Lied, Strauss Op. 27 No. 4) Helene Feldbauer accompanied by Felice Venanzoni Billy Budd (Brittten) Look! Through the port comes the moonshine astray Jarrett Porter accompanied by Juliette Journaux Rusalka (Antonin Dvorak) Mesicku na nebi hlubokem, Nombulelo Yende accompanied by Yuna Kudo
Rossini Opera Festival
01-11-2022
Rossini Opera Festival
We head to the Rossini Opera Festival to join the Accademia Rossiniana “Alberto Zedda” Young Artist Programme, where we follow the journeys of four singers as they dedicate themselves to the portrayal of Rossini’s works, and fully-stage a production of Il Viaggio a Reims. We hear about their early goals, the challenges they face, and the lessons they are taking with them into their future careers. The singers are joined by the renowned Director, Pianist and Artistic Director Rosetta Cucchi, who shares her insight and expertise on how to best nurture the next generation of operatic talent. View the OperaVision website here Watch now on OperaVision: Il Viaggio a Reims with the Accademia Rossiniana at the Rossini Opera Festival (until 13.02.23) Lawrence Brownlee & Thomas Hampson’s Masterclasses with Opera for Peace (until 26.02.23) Nombulelo Yende’s winning performance at the Moniuszko Vocal Competition (until 11.12.22) An evening of Operetta & Zarzeuela from the Centre de Perfeccionament del Palau de les Arts (until 16.03.23) Music Extracts: Introduction & closing: Die Entführung aus dem Serail (Mozart): Overture Rossini Il mio male capir voi non potete from Il Viaggio a Reims, aria Contessa, Aitana Sanz Rossini Ai prodi guerrieri from Il Viaggio a Reims, aria Marchesa Melibea, Paola Leguizamon Rossini Omaggio all’augusto duce from Il Viaggio a Reims, aria Don Alvarro, Stefan Astakhov Rossini Sì,di matti una gran gabbia from Il Viaggio a Reims, aria Barono di Trombonok, Janusz Nosek
Opera for Peace
03-10-2022
Opera for Peace
We head to Rome for the inaugural academy of Opera for Peace, the emerging artist programme which aims to level the playing field for emerging opera singers from all countries, backgrounds and circumstances. We meet four of their emerging singers and learn how they are applying what they learned, approaching auditions, and dealing with comparison with competing artists. We hear insights from experts Thomas Hampson, Jenna Wolf and Kamal Khan on the challenges of the programme and how they are supporting and nurturing the next generation of operatic talent. View the OperaVision website here Watch now on OperaVision: Lawrence Brownlee & Thomas Hampson’s Masterclasses with Opera for Peace (until 26.02.23) Nombulelo Yende’s winning performance at the Moniuszko Vocal Competition (until 11.12.22) Il Viaggio a Reims with the Accademia Rossiniana at the Rossini Opera Festival (until 13.02.23) An evening of Operetta & Zarzeuela from the Centre de Perfeccionament del Palau de les Arts (until 16.03.23)   Music extracts: Introduction & closing: Die Entführung aus dem Serail (Mozart): Overture Ukranian folk song, arranged by L. Yashchenko, Soprano: Violeta Samon (In Masterclass) Manon (Massenet) aria Manon: Adieu, notre petite table, Violeta Samon (In Masterclass) Tannhaüser (Wagner) aria Oh du mein holder Abendstern, Samson Setu Werther (Massenet) aria Charlotte Je vous écrit de ma petite chambre, Rachel Barg Tosca (Puccini) Te Deum with Samson Setu and full Opera for Peace Academy Chorus Così fan Tutte (Mozart) trio Soave sia il vento, Amanda Osorio, Fatima Alhashmi, Geng Lee All piano accompaniment Kamal Khan
Meet our young singers
16-09-2022
Meet our young singers
From one young soprano making audition videos in a shelter in Kyiv while the war swept through Ukraine, to another using an international singing competition to showcase her talent, we meet emerging artists from four leading young artist programmes across Europe.  In this episode, we dip into each programme, from Opera for Peace in Rome, to the Rossini Opera Festival in Pesaro, on to Palau de les Arts in Valencia and Oper Frankfurt.  As well as hearing from the artists about how their expectations matched reality, we feature insights from experts such as Lawrence Brownlee, and learn how the programmes are nurturing and developing the next generation of talent. View the OperaVision website here   Watch now on OperaVision: Lawrence Brownlee & Thomas Hampson’s Masterclasses with Opera for Peace (until 26.02.23) Nombulelo Yende’s winning performance at the Moniuszko Vocal Competition (until 11.12.22) Il Viaggio a Reims with the Accademia Rossiniana at the Rossini Opera Festival (until 13.02.23) An evening of Operetta & Zarzeuela from the Centre de Perfeccionament del Palau de les Arts (until 16.03.23)   Music extracts: Introduction & closing: Die Entführung aus dem Serail (Mozart): Overture Manon (Massenet) aria Manon: Adieu, notre petite table, Violeta Samon Il Viaggio a Reims (Rossini) Overture with permission from the Rossini Opera Festival Norma (Bellini) aria Norma: Casta diva, Nombulelo Yende live, Moniuszko Vocal Competition L’Incoronazione di Poppea (Monteverdi) duet Nero & Poppea: Pur ti miro, Ketevan Chuntishvili & Angelord Blaise, accompanied by Kamal Khan