When it rains, it pours.
Or how else can it be explained that ArteLiveWeb is finally airing some festival footage and summer opera, but puts it all onto one overlapping weekend?
First up tomorrow night is “La Traviata” from Aix-en-Provence with Natalie Dessay in the title role (starting at 9.30 p.m.). Along for the mezzo factor: Sylvia de La Muela as Flora, a part that, like a mezzo friend once told me, “tends to stick to you like gum to a heel”. Apparently, it’s Dessay’s EU debut in the part in the staging of Don Kent.
Right at the same time – 9.30 p.m. (GMT+1) — why, ArteLiveWeb, why? –, there’s also a live stream from Opéra Lyon with Adrian Noble’s Santa Monica set “Così fan tutte” (=sopranos and mezzos in skimpy bikinis). Tenor crush Daniel Behle sings Ferrando, which is why I must see this, Tove Dahlberg (one more for the Swedish mezzo list!) is Dorabella, while Maria Bengtsson stars as Fiordiligi. I correct myself: it will very blond, very beautiful sopranos and mezzos in bikinis. – In fact (and on a rather shallow note), you could switch back and forth between the Sweden-France World Cup Game and this Così and would see beautiful Swedes everywhere. Some of them have killer quads, some can sing opera. Oh, the choices!! Bengtsson vs. Landström – just what shall I do with my Saturday night?!
Choices might be even more difficult on Sunday, FIFA World Cup Finale aside: ArteLiveWeb is streaming “Aci, Galatea e Polifemo” from Aix-en-Provence, once more at 9.30 p.m. (GMT+1), while at 9.00 p.m. (GMT+1), the Beaune live stream with Ann Hallenbergs “Farinelli” solo program starts, accompanied by Christophe Rousset and Les Talens Lyrique.
Hallenberg vs. Wambach, Rapinoe and Sawa: my Sunday choices aren’t any easier. I just hope that ArteLiveWeb stores the streams for at least a week (I’m not sure of this, the live events can be one-time-only), or I’ll be zapping all night between killer coloratura and a killer header or two.
What are your weekend choices?