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European Commission-funded opera streaming platform scales up its programme of free opera.


Release date: 17 March 2020
 
With large parts of the world in lockdown, opera houses in Europe today announce the scaling up of their programming online, thanks to OperaVision.
 
Supported by the European Commission’s Creative Europe Programme, the freeview streaming platform OperaVision has built a large following for regular livestreams from Europe’s leading opera houses. Since its launch in October 2017, OperaVision has streamed a new production on average every week. Each opera is available for 6 months on demand and accompanied by bonus material offering insights to these works for opera connoisseurs and those just curious about this art.  21 recent productions are currently available online.
 
Today, OperaVision announces a new programme of twice-weekly streams during the period of the Coronavirus crisis. Between now and the end of March, the programme will focus on Mozart operas: five performances of five Mozart operas from five European opera companies will be streamed on-demand for six months. Every Tuesday and Friday for the rest of the month, anyone with an internet connection can enjoy this Mozart Festival:
 
17/03/2020 | Don Giovanni* – Finnish National Opera
20/03/2020 | Die Entführung aus dem Serail – Glyndebourne
24/03/2020 | Lucio Silla – La Monnaie / De Munt
27/03/2020 | Le nozze di Figaro – Garsington Opera
31/03/2020 | Il sogno di Scipione – Teatro La Fenice
 
OperaVision’s programme itself has been affected by the Coronavirus outbreak. Following the closure of opera houses in Belgium last Friday, this week’s planned livestream of the Mozart Da Ponte Trilogy from La Monnaie / De Munt has been cancelled. Instead, the opera house of the Belgian capital is offering its production of Mozart’s early opera, Lucio Silla.
 
Parents will also enjoy the Teachers & Parents offer to keep their children creatively busy during school closures.
 
Nicholas Payne, director of Opera Europa, the network of the European opera sector, which runs OperaVision, commented this morning:
 
'At this pivotal time for humanity, OperaVision has a responsibility to connect artists with audiences.  Sharing an enhanced programme of complete operas, popular highlights and family-friendly material offers viewers an unprecedented choice from the work of our valiant partner theatres.  We thank the European Commission, along with all contributing performers and partners, for enabling us to provide this free public service towards raising spirits during such bleak times.'
 
Before the end of March, OperaVision will announce its new, enriched programme of streams for the month of April. This will include a number of recently filmed productions from Italy, whose opera house managers, although confined to home, are working remotely with their film producers to finesse the final edits. So, the OperaVision April programme will offer free access to un- (or little) seen recent opera productions from Italy. Among other composers, Verdi, the operatic soul of the nation, will feature prominently in the April offer.
 
For more information please contact Luke O’Shaughnessy, OperaVision, Project Manager, on luke@opera-europa.org or +33 7 83 32 23 25.
 
 
Note to editors:
 
OperaVision is a free streaming platform co-financed by the European Union’s Creative Europe programme. It offers full length performances, extracts, thematic features, behind-the-scenes insights, activities for teachers and parents, and much more.  
 
Each opera has a live chat during its premiere on OperaVision, a feature which will be especially cherished at the moment bringing, as it does, people from across the world together virtually united by a love of opera.
 
www.operavision.eu

*Edited version of last Wednesday’s live stream of Don Giovanni from Helsinki will be released today with subitles in English, French and German.
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