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
SING@Home! – Our Young & Apprentice Artists
Each week, we’ll share a new video from our ongoing weekly recital series, “An die Musik.” Each installment we will feature a PBO Benenson Young Artist or a PBO Bailey Apprentice Artist, accompanied on the piano by PBO Associate Principal Coach Ksenia Leletkina.
WATCH@Home! – Streaming Performances
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.
LEARN@Home! – 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.
LISTEN@Home! – Our Musical Suggestions
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 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.
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.
FUN@Home! – Downloadables
PBO@Home! – 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! firstname.lastname@example.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
“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