Looking for a theater or opera performance to dive into? We’ve rounded up three full-length productions you can stream right now.
‘Amadeus’ from the National Theatre
London’s National Theatre rounds out its series of at-home programming with Peter Shaffer’s acclaimed “Amadeus.” The production, which first appeared on the institution’s stage in 1979, centers on music prodigy Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, who sparks a chord of jealousy within court composer Antonio Salieri. Visually captivating, the production is, at times, cast in a honeyed hue that reinforces the lush theatricality of the Michael Longhurst-directed performance. The Southbank Sinfonia chamber orchestra is intimately woven to complete the design of the drama.
Stream “Amadeus” until 2 p.m. Eastern July 23.
‘Sky on Wings’ from Opera Philadelphia
Opera Philadelphia’s “Sky on Wings” — which made its world premiere as part of the company’s 2018 Festival O — takes Alzheimer’s disease as its subject, with memory driving the plot. Directed by Joanna Settle and conducted by Geoffrey McDonald, the contemporary production (designed by Andrew Lieberman) stars Frederica von Stade and Marietta Simpson. Music is by Lembit Beecher, with libretto by Hannah Moscovitch.
Stream “Sky on Wings” through Aug. 31.
‘Macbeth’ from Shakespeare’s Globe
The Globe’s 90-minute version of “Macbeth,” presented as part of the 2020 Playing Shakespeare with Deutsche Bank, is perfect for families who wish to watch the beloved work together. Crafted for younger audiences and streaming until secondary schools in the United Kingdom reopen, this iteration of “Macbeth” sees a cast of 10 dressed in contemporary clothing, acting out the Bard’s iconic scenes fit for modern times.
“I think in the current climate it’s really important for young people to speak out about issues that they feel strongly about,” director Cressida Brown said in an interview accompanying the play’s program. “I hope that my production of ‘Macbeth’ will help young people think about the consequences of remaining silent.”
She elaborates: “In the play, everyone knows that Macbeth has murdered Duncan but some people stay quiet because they want to keep their power. I think that the enabling of a tyrant is just as bad as being a tyrant yourself.”
Stream “Macbeth” until 7 p.m. Eastern July 26.
Top Image: A scene from "Amadeus." Photo: Marc Brenner.