07. April 2020 · Comments Off on Opera San Jose streaming Idomeneo · Categories: Can't Stop the Music!, CovidTimes · Tags: ,

Opera San Jose will be streaming the Mozart opera Idomeneo. Read about it below. And yes, I played in the Opera San Jose orchestra (we are members of the company).

Here is the info:

Beginning April 18 and available through May 18, OSJ invites you to view a FREE live stream viewing of its breathtaking 2011 production of Mozart’s first dramatic masterpiece, the rarely produced Idomeneo: ré di Creta. Hailed as “arguably the most extravagant production ever at Opera San José,” (ArtsSF) this lavish realization of Idomeneo featured a cast of 73 singers, with 41 chorus members, 14 ballet dancers, 180 Cretan costumes, and an elaborate three-story-high set inspired by Crete’s ancient history. This production truly encapsulates the artistry, musicality, and experience of the dedicated professionals that OSJ’s Artists and Musicians Relief Fund is currently supporting during this unprecedented time. Donate now to continue to support our artist, musicians and artisans.

Jointly produced with the Packard Humanities Institute, which generously underwrote the production and all rights for continued sharing online, this rarely presented, larger-than-life work features ground-breaking performances by artists who have since gone on to international fame, dance segments by choreographer Dennis Nahat performed by the Ballet San Jose (which ceased operations in 2016), and an orchestra conducted by world-famed Mozart interpreter George Cleve (who passed away in 2015). It was met with critical acclaim, with The Mercury News calling it a “jaw-dropping, must-see production,” and the San Francisco Chronicle applauding the company’s “vividly colorful” execution mixed “with a keen sense of Mozartean style.”


Performance date: September 8, 2011

Conductor: George Cleve
Stage Director: Brad Dalton
Choreographer: Denis Nahat
Set Design: Steven C. Kemp
Costume Designer: Johann Stegmeir
Lighting Designer: Christopher Ostrom


Ilia: Rebecca Davis
Idamante: Aaron Blake
Elettra: Christina Major
Arbace: Nova Safo
Nettuno: Paul Gemignani
Idomeneo: Christopher Bengochea
High Priest: Mathew Edwardsen
The Voice: Silas Elash

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