A scene from Dialogues des Carmélites

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

 

Poulencs Dialogues des Carmélites

From a convent in northeastern France, amid the chaos of the Revolution, an order of nuns commit the ultimate act of martyrdom, giving opera one of its most devastating and unforgettable final scenes. Learn more about Francis Poulenc’s Dialogues des Carmélites with our In Focus podcast, hosted by Met radio commentator and staff writer William Berger.

This episode features Met performances by Isabel Leonard, Felicity Palmer, Erin Morley, Patricia Racette, and Elizabeth Bishop.

 

Wagners Die Walküre

A gallant warrior-goddess bravely defies her father to save a mortal from certain death. Her sisters chime in with one of music’s most famous battle cries. Learn more about Wagner’s Die Walküre with our In Focus podcast, hosted by Met radio commentator and staff writer William Berger.

This episode features Met performances by Jonas Kaufmann, Eva-Maria Westbroek, Deborah Voigt, and Bryn Terfel.

 

Donizettis La Fille du Régiment

She’s a spunky orphan brought up by an army regiment in the Alps. He’s the local country boy who falls in love with her. Together, they deliver unforgettable vocal fireworks, in Donizetti’s bel canto charmer. Learn more about La Fille du Régiment with our In Focus podcast, hosted by Met radio commentator and staff writer William Berger.

This episode features Met performances by Natalie Dessay, Juan Diego Flórez, Felicity Palmer, and Alessandro Corbelli.

 

Bizets Carmen

She’s one of opera’s iconic heroines, the irresistible gypsy seductress who leads her jealous lover to tragedy. Learn more about Bizet’s Carmen with our In Focus podcast, hosted by Met radio commentator and staff writer William Berger.

This episode features Met performances by Elīna Garanča, Roberto Alagna, Barbara Frittoli, and Ildar Abdrazakov.

 

Cilea’s Adriana Lecouvreur

A passionate, larger-than-life stage actress vies with a conniving princess for the love of the same dashing count. Learn more about Cilea’s Adriana Lecouvreur with our In Focus podcast, hosted by Met radio commentator and staff writer William Berger.

This episode features Met performances by Montserrat Caballé, Fiorenza Cossotto, and José Carreras.

 

Verdi’s La Traviata

Love. Heartbreak. Death. A classic tragedy and a classic opera. Learn more about Verdi’s La Traviata with our In Focus podcast, hosted by Met radio commentator and staff writer William Berger.

This episode features Met performances by Marina Rebeka, Stephen Costello, and Quinn Kelsey.

 

Muhly’s Marnie

Theft, denial, deceit, and a captivating, enigmatic heroine. Learn more about composer Nico Muhly and librettist Nicholas Wright’s new opera Marnie with our In Focus podcast, hosted by Met radio commentator and staff writer William Berger.

 

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.