PBO@Home!

Dear Palm Beach Opera Family,

During these unprecedented times, all of us at Palm Beach Opera sincerely hope that you and your families are safe and healthy. As we ourselves continue to learn how to overcome our current challenges with positivity and strength, we hope that you are also able to do the same. In an effort to help, we want you to know that we are committed to staying connected to you, our loyal patrons.

We hope to continue uplifting your lives by sharing our new digital digest – PBO@Home! We will continually update this page to connect you to interesting and unique happenings throughout the world of opera, share a bit of what we’re watching, reading, and listening to, as well as provide unique resources made by our very own Palm Beach Opera team.

Please take great care,

General Director David Walker

An die Musik

Our weekly digital recital series, An die Musik, features split-screen performances by Palm Beach Opera’s artists in residence. Stream, download, and share for free at our Vimeo library.

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Streaming

While there aren’t any live opera performances these days, there are plenty of great archived videos of concerts, home/studio performances, and full productions.

We have a few resources of our own, as well as some links to the archives of other companies. Watch them in your living room, on your computer, or even from your smartphone.

Let these memories remind us of the wonderful art we will once again experience live when the storm has passed.

MetOpera Streams
MetOpera Streams
OperaVision
OperaVision
One Voice
One Voice

Educational Resources

One of the stated missions of our company is to provide opera education for all people, regardless of age or background. Below you’ll find some resources to help you engage with opera, and learn more about this classic art form.

Resource Guides
Resource Guides
Virtual Classroom
Virtual Classroom
Backstage Peek
Backstage Peek
Opera in Film
Opera in Film
The Art & Life of Franco Zeffirelli
The Art & Life of Franco Zeffirelli

Palm Beach Opera on Spotify

Each week, we’ll add new songs and playlists to Palm Beach Opera on Spotify.

What does Palm Beach Opera’s General Director listen to? Listen to General Director David Walker’s Playlist for a curated list of hand-picked selections. 

New Spotify Series! Great Singers in Palm Beach Opera History
Curated by James Barbato, Director of Artistic Administration

Over the past 59 seasons, Palm Beach Opera audiences have enjoyed performances by many of the world’s greatest singers. In this Spotify Series, we celebrate our company’s artistic heritage with four playlists that will feature these exceptional artists in some of their best commercial recordings. Each week, we highlight 10 singers from one period in PBO history.

PBO Csonka Era
In WEEK #1, we celebrated the Csonka Era (1962-1983). Paul Csonka was Palm Beach Opera’s Artistic Director for the company’s first 22 years. Download the Listening Guide.

PBO Guadagno Era
In WEEK #2, we are highlighting Italian conductor Anton Guadagno, who served as Palm Beach Opera’s Artistic Director from 1984-2002. Download the Listening Guide.

PBO in the 21st Century
In WEEK #3, we are highlighting the distinguished conductors and internationally-renowned artists that have helped usher the the company into a new era of excellence that continues to this day. Download the Listening Guide.

PBO Galas
In WEEK #4, we are featuring the esteemed artists of Palm Beach Opera’s Gala history. Download the Listening Guide.

Spotify is FREE to use, and you can listen either directly from your web browser (*May not work with Microsoft Edge), or you can download the app for the full experience. Learn more here: Getting Started With Spotify

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CLICK to check out our Spotify Playlist

ZOOM Backgrounds & Wallpapers

We are creating some downloadable images from our upcoming season that you can use as a desktop wallpaper or a Zoom background to show your support for Palm Beach Opera. You can download them by clicking on the images below and select “Save As” anywhere on your computer. The images are already ideally sized at 1920 x 1080 pixels, which are the recommended dimensions for Zoom Meetings. It also fits very nicely on a standard computer display. 
LA BOHÈME
LA BOHÈME
LES PÊCHEURS DE PERLES (THE PEARL FISHERS)
LES PÊCHEURS DE PERLES (THE PEARL FISHERS)
DIE ZAUBERFLÖTE (THE MAGIC FLUTE)
DIE ZAUBERFLÖTE (THE MAGIC FLUTE)
I CAPULETI E I MONTECCHI (THE CAPULETS AND THE MONTAGUES)
I CAPULETI E I MONTECCHI (THE CAPULETS AND THE MONTAGUES)
LES PÊCHEURS DE PERLES (THE PEARL FISHERS)
LES PÊCHEURS DE PERLES (THE PEARL FISHERS)

Staff Picks

Every week a member of our staff selects a book, album, or other opera-related media to share with our patrons. Below is the archive.

Please feel free to submit your own suggestions! info@pbopera.org


Opera 101: A Complete Guide to Learning and Loving Opera

When I first started working for the opera, I wanted to find an interesting and complete handbook on the art form. This was it! Opera 101, written by Fred Plotkin, is great for anyone looking to learn about the elements of opera, the history and context of classic works, and the great opera houses of the world.” – Adina Antonucci, Marketing & PR Manager

The Librettist of Venice: The Remarkable Life of Lorenzo Da Ponte

“While Mozart is the very definition of a household name, his most successful collaborator is all-but-unknown to those who are not ardent opera fans. The Venetian writer, Lorenzo Da Ponte, wrote the libretti for three of Mozart’s most celebrated operas; The Marriage of Figaro, Don Giovanni, and Cosi Fan Tutte. “The Librettist of Venice,” by Rodney Bolt.

“And what would a Venetian like Da Ponte sip while reading a good book? Chances are it would be a Prosecco from the nearby hills of Valdobbiadene, just 30 miles from Venice. Salute!” – Rick Zullo, Marketing & Advertising Manager

Opera by David Leventi

“When I was visiting Santa Fe Opera last summer, I found this beautiful coffee-table book of illustrations of opera houses in their gift shop. My dear friend recently bought her first home, and in lieu of dropping something off in person during this time of social distancing, this was the perfect gift to mail as a housewarming present. She absolutely loved it!” – Alexandra Richter, Individual Giving & Grants Manager

The Very Best of Lucia Popp

Lately I’ve been listening to this album on repeat. Ms. Popp’s beautiful voice transports you to another place and serves as a reminder that music has the power to bring joy and peace amidst these uncertain times.” – Abbey Ward, Education & Community Engagement Associate

Maria by Callas

If you haven’t had a chance to watch this iconic documentary released by Sony Classics in 2018, now is the absolute perfect time. A collection of performances, interviews, home movies, letters, and unpublished materials, this film follows Callas’ epic career, capturing the essence of the diva in her own words. It’s absolutely electric, and a wonderful way to spend an afternoon!” – Sarah Schultz, Artistic Coordinator

“We all have favorite composers, even if we don’t know his or her name, because their music has touched us in a unique way or even connect to a particular event in our life. When I’m connected to certain composer’s music, in this case the music of Leonard Bernstein, I find that I want to learn as much about a composer as I can. I want to know musical influences, collaborators, and what life was like for them. Biographies are great, but a memoir by a family member gives you an entirely different point of view. This book made me remember that, no matter how famous and successful someone is, we all have many of same struggles along with the same joys.” – James Clements, Education & Community  Manager

 

My favorite part of live performance has always been design. When I started to work for the opera I wanted to learn more about what goes into the design aspects of putting on a show, which is why I was so intrigued when I stumbled across scenographytoday.com. Its an amazing place to dive into the contemporary process of designing opera, with interviews, production photos and even lectures! I thought it was fun, informative, creative and easy to follow.” – Lylliette Borrajero, Audience Services Associate“

An amazing interpretation in dance of the Orpheus story is Pina Bausch’s Orphee et Eurydice choreographed to the Gluck opera. The singers and chorus are woven in while the dancers tell the story with iconic choreography. The recording here is from the 2008 performance at Paris Opera Ballet. It is in two parts and makes for an excellent journey through this timeless Greek myth.”
– Jeff Bruckerhoff, Director of Production & Facilities