A scene from La Fanciulla del West

The Met: In Focus

In Focus, a new podcast series from the Metropolitan Opera, introduces audience members to the operatic masterpieces presented in the company’s award-winning Live in HD cinema transmissions. Hosted by Met radio commentator and staff writer William Berger, In Focus provides historical context about the works and their creators, as well as insightful commentary about the drama and the music, accompanied by excerpts from past Met performances. View the Live in HD schedule.

 

Puccini’s La Fanciulla del West

A gun-slinging heroine. A romantic tale of the Wild West. The first great opera with an American setting. Learn more about Puccini’s La Fanciulla del West with our In Focus podcast, hosted by Met radio commentator and staff writer William Berger.

This episode features Met performances by Barbara Daniels, Plácido Domingo, and Sherrill Milnes.

 

Saint-Saëns’s Samson et Dalila

An immortal biblical tale. An underrated operatic masterpiece, with some of the repertory’s most luscious and seductive music. Learn more about Samson et Dalila with our In Focus podcast, hosted by Met radio commentator and staff writer William Berger.

This episode features Met performances by Olga Borodina, Plácido Domingo, and Sergei Leiferkus.

 

Verdi's Aida

An epic Egyptian backdrop. An intimate love story. Some of Verdi's most stirring melodies and ensembles. Learn more about Aida with our In Focus podcast, hosted by Met radio commentator and staff writer William Berger.

This episode features Met performances by Krassimira Stoyanova, Leontyne Price, Riccardo Massi, and George Gagnidze.