[Imperial Picnic: Daniela Barcellona (Arsace) and Joyce DiDonato (Semiramide) in Rossini’s “Semiramide”, Munich/Staatsoper 2017]
Bayerische Staatsoper Munich is livestreaming their Rossini “Semiramide” this upcoming Sunday, Feb. 26th, at 5:00 p.m. (UTC+1).
We’re joining in.
(more or less – some of us are actually in Munich on Sunday, others are on conferences with possibly spotty WiFi)
The David-Alden-staged, Michele Mariotti-conducted production has JoyceDiDonato and Daniela Barcellona in the leads, so it’s #DoubleMezzoGlory on Sunday night, and I cannot wait.
(okay, the actual hashtag for the evening is #BSOsemiramide, for the Twitter squeals on the side)
The evening will be streamed via the Staatsoper website and if you want to while away the time until then, there’s a video trailer (including interview bits with both DiDonato and Barcellona), there’s DiDonato talking about her role (plus an academic round table of sorts), and there’s Donna Leon giving a Semiramide 101 in the Assyrian prop crown (no, seriously) and throwing shade at 45.