OperaStreaming announces second season of nine new productions from the opera houses of Emilia-Romagna, free to view on YouTube

Following its successful launch in 2019, OperaStreaming
streams nine operas on YouTube from the historic opera houses of
Emilia-Romagna during the 2020-21 season, with fully-staged productions of
Verdi’s La traviata in October from Modena and Verdi’sOtello from Bologna in November following a concert performance of Ernani from Parma on 25 September.

OperaStreaming brings together eight magnificent opera houses for the joint
venture to promote the region’s unique operatic heritage, home to legendary
singers Luciano Pavarotti, Leo Nucci and Mirella Freni, and the great opera
composer Giuseppe Verdi, born in Busseto near Parma. Verdi’s Aroldo premiered at the opening of the opera house in Rimini in
1857 and the rebuilt opera house on the site will present a fully staged
production of this little-known work on 16 April 2021.

As audiences return to theatres in Italy, OperaStreaming enables opera
lovers across the world to view outstanding performances for free from the
homeland of bel canto singing. Performances are streamed live and made
available indefinitely with full subtitles in Italian and English. During
intervals, the camera goes behind-the-scenes of the production for
exclusive interview with the cast and team.

Verdi’s La traviata
is presented from Modena, Pavarotti’s birthplace, on 16
October 2020, with Matteo Lippi in the role of Alfredo Germont alongside
Maria Mudryak as Violetta Valery and Ernesto Petti as Giorgio Germont, in a
unique new production by Stefano Monti, with the orchestra seated in the
stalls and the audience in the boxes.

Italian tenor Matteo Lippi studied in Modena under the guidance of Mirella
Freni and has recently appeared on the Glyndebourne Festival Tour and sung
Alfredo at the Royal Danish Opera and at La Fenice. Khazak soprano Mudryak
was one of the winners of the Placido Domingo Operalia competition in 2017
and has performed Violetta across Italy at San Carlo and Maggio Musicale.
Previously in Modena, Monti has presented productions of Puccini’s Madama Butterfly, Britten’s The Little Sweep and
Menotti’s Il Dittico.

In Bologna, Gregory Kunde takes the title role in Verdi’s Otello on 18 November alongside a cast
that includes Franco Vassallo as Iago and Mariangela Sicilia as Desdemona,
conducted by Asher Fisch in a new production by Gabriele Lavia.

The Teatro “Dante Alighieri” di Ravenna has taken the opportunity in the
pandemic to explore repertoire they do not usually cover, presenting a new
production of Monteverdi’s Orfeo on 28 February
2021 with the Accademia Bizantina conducted by Ottavio Dantone, himself
born in Ravenna. Dante Alighieri, who mentioned Orpheus in his Inferno, was
buried in Ravenna.

The region of Emilia Romagna is committed to the preservation of its
operatic heritage. OperaStreaming has 500,000 viewers and 12,000
subscribers with a large audience in the US. OperaStreaming is a
continuation of TeatroNet, the initiative launched by the local department
of culture in 2012. The productions are made in collaboration with students
from the EDUNOVA E-Learning Center (Universit‡ di Modena e Reggio Emilia).

Aldo Sisillo, Director of the Fondazione Teatro Comunale di Modena, said:
“The Teatro Comunale di Modena began this initiative to offer extraordinary
opportunities to the young students of EDUNOVA to collaborate on such a
high-profile international series of digital events.”

Paolo Cant˘, Director of the Fondazione I Teatri di Reggio Emilia, said:
“This is a rare example of a collaboration between eight opera houses. It
is a social pact rather than an institutional one.”

Tommaso Minerva, Director of EDUNOVA (Universit‡ di Modena e Reggio
Emilia), said: “It is touching to see audience members as far away as
Australia in the middle of the night watching and engaging in sharing ideas
during performances.”

Watch OperaStreaming on YouTube here

Upcoming Livestreams

Friday 25 September, 20:00 CET, Teatro Regio, Parma

Verdi: Ernani (concert performance)

Piero Pretti – Ernani

Vladimir Stoyanov – Don Carlo

Roberto Tagliavini – Don Ruy De Silva

Eleonora Buratto – Elvira

Carlotta Vichi – Giovanna

Paolo Antognetti – Don Riccardo

Federico Benetti – Jago

Michele Mariotti, conductor

Filarmonica Arturo Toscanini

Coro Del Teatro Regio Di Parma

Martino Faggiani, chorus master

Friday 16 October, 20:00, CET Teatro Comunale “Luciano Pavarotti”,

Verdi: La traviata (new production)

Maria Mudryak – Violetta Valery

Matteo Lippi – Alfredo Germont

Ernesto Petti – Giorgio Germont

Ana VictÛria Pitts – Flora Bervoix

Lucia Paffi – Annina

Antonio Mandrillo – Gastone

Daniel Kim – Barone Douphol

Alex Martini – Marchese d’Obigny

Francesco Leone – Dottore di Grenvil

Alessandro Vannucci – Giuseppe

Alessandro D’Agostini, conductor

Stefano Monti, director

Orchestra Filarmonica Italiana

Coro Lirico di Modena

Stefano ColÚ, chorus master

Wednesday 18 November, 20:00 CET, Teatro Comunale, Bologna

Verdi: Otello (new production)

Gregory Kunde – Otello

Franco Vassallo – Iago

Marco Miglietta – Cassio

Pietro Picone – Roderigo

Luciano Leoni – Lodovico

Luca Gallo – Montano

Mariangela Sicilia – Desdemona

Asher Fisch, conductor

Gabriele Lavia, director

Alberto Malazzi, chorus master

Alessandro Camera, set designer

Andrea Viotti, costume designer

Gianni Marras, assistant director

27 November 2020: Massenet – Werther (Teatro Comunale, Modena)

29 December 2020: Puccini – Madama Butterfly (Teatro Comunale,

28 February 2021: Monteverdi – Orfeo (Teatro “Dante
Alighieri”, Ravenna)

28 March 2021: Rossini – Il barbiere di Siviglia (Teatro
Municipale, Reggio Emilia)

16 April 2021: Verdi – Aroldo (Teatro ‘Amintore Galli’,

18 April 2021: Donizetti – La Favourite | Teatro Municipale,


The melodramma tradition in the Emilia-Romagna region, with its stars and
the popular passion that has been handed down over the centuries,
constitutes a heritage of global interest. Emilia-Romagna is the region of
Giuseppe Verdi and of performers who have changed the history of this
musical genre such as Carlo Bergonzi, Luciano Pavarotti, Leo Nucci and
Mirella Freni. It the enjoys today one of the most prolific musical life in
the operatic world thanks to the highest concentration of historical
theaters of the nation. Every year, the theaters of Emilia-Romagna produce
lyrical performances of the highest standard, thanks not only to the
quality of the artists but also to the preservation of a unique mastery and
craftmanship in the construction of the operatic productions.

OperaStreaming offers a seasonal program of video broadcasts, freely
available on YouTube, from the Opera Theatres of Emilia-Romagna (Bologna,
Piacenza, Parma, Reggio Emilia, Modena, Ferrara Ravenna and Rimini) in
collaboration with EDUNOVA-University of Modena and Reggio Emilia. The
project, that will run from 2019 through 2021, let enjoy Emilia-Romagna’s
lyric tradition and opera productions from the rest of the world.
OperaStreaming was born thanks to TeatroNet, a pioneering streaming program
launched by the Culture Department of the Emilia-Romagna Region in 2012 who
provided the technology that enabled all theatres to transmit their shows

OperaStreaming is a continuation of TeatroNet, the initiative launched by
the Department of Culture of the Emilia-Romagna region in 2012 and aimed at
streaming musical performances from the theaters and institutions of the
territory, and also thanks to the equipment of the fiber optic network put
in place by Lepida S.p.A.

Following the experience of TeatroNet, numerous theatres continued and
developed in the following years the digital broadcasting channel
following, thanks to a state-of-the-art technological endowment, a trend
that is emerging as a fundamental component of the international opera

Among these, the Teatro Comunale di Modena has found in the communication
by video an indispensable opportunity for the development of the live show
and has activated, starting in 2013, a collaboration with the EDUNOVA
E-Learning Center, a leading reality in the video production industry. The
shows, filmed live in HD, were broadcast regularly and seen in free-to-air
on the YouTube platform by tens of thousands of viewers from all over the