The Opera Platform announces its streaming programme

Launched in May 2015 during celebration of the European Opera Days, The Opera Platform reached over 575.000 unique visitors in its first 6 months of existence. Thirteen full opera performances had been offered to stream for free for the pleasure of audiences worldwide. From Verdi’s La traviata at Teatro Real Madrid to Moniuszko’s Straszny Dwór (The Haunted Manor) at Poland National Opera Warsaw, from Adès’ Powder her face at La Monnaie Brussels to Wagner’s Götterdämmerung at Wiener Staatsoper, live performances attracted great numbers, while the comfort of watching the performance subtitled in 6 languages for the following 6 months sustained vivid interest in the varied European programming. The platform continues to add editorial interest to its productions by grouping content in thematic Collections and offering additional bonus videos with behind the scenes insights.

What’s next?

Die Zauberflöte is undoubtedly Mozart’s most popular opera. Den Norske Opera Oslo has created a new version for all the family, performed in Norwegian with English subtitles, and one which resonates strongly with the Star Wars-mania taking over Europe. This bonus transmission has been available since 1 January. It is also the launching point of the new Mozart Collection, gathering extracts, documentaries and interviews on the supreme composer’s work.

Building on that, La Monnaie Brussels offers its production of La Clemenza di Tito directed by Ivo van Hove as a bonus, just as this staging reaches Polish National Opera’s stage in Warsaw, enriching the Mozart Collection for a month. This also brings Mozart’s penultimate opera and his very last opera together on the platform during the composer’s birth month – Mozart would turn 260 on 27 January!

For the first time on The Opera Platform, an opening night will be streamed live, with the new production of Yevgeny Onegin from Komische Oper Berlin, directed by Barrie Kosky. Tchaikovsky’s masterpiece, closely based on Pushkin’s immortal poem of young and rejected love, is deservedly the best-loved of all Russian operas with its peerless melodies and heart-rending story. The central role of Tatyana will be played by the mesmerising Lithuanian soprano Asmik Grigorian. This will also support the launch of a Russian Opera Collection.

Carmen is the ultimate femme fatale, an untameable gypsy who is a magnet to attract men. Bizet’s music is a miracle at conveying colour and passion and wit, evoking the sultry Andalusian heat with Gallic precision. Appropriately, our showcase production comes from Opéra de Lyon and its idiomatic cast is directed by one of France’s leading directors, Olivier Py. It joins our European Opera Season in February 2016.

Dutch National Opera, celebrating its 50th anniversary season, contributes yet another bonus stream restoring another great composer to the platform: Pierre Audi’s famous staging of Wagner’s Die Walküre, the second and most popular instalment of his Ring tetralogy which has been one of the company’s defining productions.

It is a great honour to stream Wiener Staatsoper’s new production of Peter Eötvös’ Tri Sestri conducted by the composer himself. The cast of this opera, inspired by Anton Chekhov’s masterpiece, is led by Russian soprano Aida Garifullina, mezzo-sopranos Margarita Gritskova and Ilseyar Khayrullova, and is directed by Yuval Sharon. This is an important contribution to our Contemporary Opera Collection, just before Easter.