The Salzburg Festival Don Carlowill be live-streamed by Medici on Friday 16 August at 17:30 (4.30pm UK time). Good job I'll be seeing in live, as the stream isn't available in Austria. I am told that if you can't see a rights message on the page now, then you should be able to view it on the day in your country. It will also be shown on Arte and ORF2, which are unlikely to be available in the UK (but give it a try).
It will also be beamed to a few cinemas. None in London that I can see, but if you live in Ambleside, Chichester or Ludlow, Friday is your lucky day.
*UPDATE* The Arte broadcast will be available in France and Germany only, and ORF in Austria only (plus satellite). Medici will stream live everywhere except these countries, and will be available on demand 'later'.
Stein has set his production at the time of the story, when Blackadder-style horsehair-stuffed bloomers were all the rage. Heinrich says these are unflattering and hard to wear on stage, so she looked at historical paintings for an alternative solution. In some Italian works she found narrow, pleated pants with a slim leg, cut above the knee. These are worn with a waist-length lapped doublet.
Historically accurate clothing would be uncomfortable and impractical, and the detailing too expensive. In any case, Heinrich's main consideration is to make the singers look and feel good.
So Kaufmann wears a simplified version, adapted for freedom of movement and breathing.
The Salzburg Festival have released a few teaser shots of their 'new' Don Carlo which opens next week. Peter Stein's production looks guaranteed to thrill the why-can't-everything-be-the-same-as-it-was-in-1953 crowd.
On the plus side, there's a pretty exciting cast which includes Jonas Kaufmann, Anja Harteros, Thomas Hampson, Matti Salminen,
Ekaterina Semenchuk, and Eric Halfvarson. And of course Pappano conducts.
There's no word about Harteros's one remaining booking, 11 May, yet, but "acute tonsillitis" is not something that clears quickly. Could we have unwittingly seen her last ever Covent Garden performance already?
Jonas Kaufmann wasn't ill; Anja Harteros turned up. Given that she'd marked half her lines at the general rehearsal earlier in the week (every singer's prerogative of course, but rare here) I had wondered. If success is defined as exceeding expectations, then the opening night of this third revival was a winner even before a note was sung.
"Lianna’s recent roles include Desdemona in Otello for Opéra-Bastille in Paris, Leonora in Il trovatore in Marseille, Amelia in Simon Boccanegra in Lille, Mimì in La bohème for the Grand Théâtre in Tours and Amelia in Un ballo in maschera at the Stadttheater in Bern and the Grand Théâtre in Tours. Her roles during the 2012–13 season include Elena (I vespri siciliani) at the Megaron Concert Hall, Athens; and Vitellia (La clemenza di Tito) for Opéra de Marseille."