Lepage's Nightingale Free on the Web
No serious opera fan should miss the astounding Robert Lepage production of Stravinsky's "Rossignol et autres fables," which is available for a limited time for free streaming on Arte Live Web. It is the same production that received rave reviews in October of last year at the COC. Seen as the triumph of
the Aix-en-Provence Festival and hailed in the European press as a highlight of the operatic year, the American press and public seem unconcerned and unaware of this even though the same director is to stage the new Wagner Ring Cycle at the Metropolitan Opera.
Recorded from the July 7 performance at the Grand Théâtre de Provence, it has the enchanting soprano Olga Peretyatko as the nightingale. The orchestra and chorus of the Opéra National de Lyon, one of the top orchestras in France, get as close to perfection as possible under their music director Kazushi Ono. There are lots of other musical goodies on this important site of a major European television channel.