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Celebrating the power of art

Four global concerts. One giant leap for opera. One record-breaking day for OperaVision.

For the 2020 World Opera Day on 25 October, OperaVision streamed four 45-minute concerts throughout World Opera Day at 15:00 in four time zones (Tokyo, Moscow, London, New York) to highlight the global reach of opera. That day OperaVision broke its records of highest ever number of views for a single day since the launch of the platform in October 2017. You can continue to enjoy these concerts until 25 April 2021.

Act I is a journey from Tokyo’s choral Beethoven to Russian folksong and includes a personal message from the great Chinese artist Ai Weiwei. Familiar highlights from Bizet’s Carmen, Verdi’s Traviata and Otello, Puccini’s Turandot and Gianni Schicchi surround jewels by Donizetti, Korngold and Cilea, this last sung by renowned Canadian soprano Sondra Radvanovsky.

Starting in Moscow, Act II contrasts tuneful Donizetti with dramatic Gluck sung by Korean Hyesang Park and American Anthony Roth Costanzo, alongside a thrilling duet from Verdi’s Rigoletto. In the spirit of UNESCO’s message of world culture, it also embraces Arabic melody, Russian song, the passion of Spanish zarzuela and an extraordinary 33-voice creation from Thailand.

Starting in Moscow, Act II contrasts tuneful Donizetti with dramatic Gluck sung by Korean Hyesang Park and American Anthony Roth Costanzo, alongside a thrilling duet from Verdi’s Rigoletto. In the spirit of UNESCO’s message of world culture, it also embraces Arabic melody, Russian song, the passion of Spanish zarzuela and an extraordinary 33-voice creation from Thailand.

Presented by South African Golda Schultz and Italian Daniele Rustioni, Act III adds Mozart sung by Elsa Dreisig and Beethoven by Luca Pisaroni, alongside Massenet, Verdi and Puccini’s Nessun dorma. Bernard Foccroulle’s dream of global culture is realised with Indian raag, Russian soulfulness, Irish traditional song and a duet from Gershwin’s Porgy and Bess.

America hosts this last act, with presenters Lisette Oropesa and Lawrence Brownlee, and prominent performers Brian Jagde, René Barbera and Denyce Graves. Peter Sellars delivers a heartfelt message from California, while Raehann Bryce-Davis voices a tribute to the Afflicted from Dallas. The concert concludes with a sublime Mozart trio and a headlong Beethoven finale.

America hosts this last act, with presenters Lisette Oropesa and Lawrence Brownlee, and prominent performers Brian Jagde, René Barbera and Denyce Graves. Peter Sellars delivers a heartfelt message from California, while Raehann Bryce-Davis voices a tribute to the Afflicted from Dallas. The concert concludes with a sublime Mozart trio and a headlong Beethoven finale.

OperaVision is also in the forefront of sharing opera of the highest quality in new forms with audiences across the globe. Taking Beethoven as its emblem for World Opera Day 2020, we streamed three versions of Fidelio: the recent, excellent and socially-distanced version from Garsington, the version by Birmingham Opera Company which saw performers and the local community rubbing shoulders in a viscerally exciting promenade performance in different times (2002) and a brand new 15-minute adaption for animation commissioned by OperaVision from the Flemish theatre collective WALPURGIS

The public’s record participation in our powerfully diverse programme proves that the healing power of music and art is needed more than ever. As theatre director Peter Sellars says of opera in his message during the last act of the World Opera Day Concert, ‘Everything coming together to create the space of justice, a shared space where human beings work together to become fully human and maybe partially divine.

World Opera Day Celebration Concert