Nightly Opera Streams, May 25–31
This week’s Nightly Opera Streams offer high drama in a variety of forms—and one sparkling comedy. Explore the articles and resources below to expand your knowledge and enhance your experience as you enjoy the streams. A full schedule for the week is available at the bottom of this page.
The coronavirus pandemic has had overwhelming economic implications for the Met. If you’re enjoying our free Nightly Opera Streams and would like to help, please consider donating to our urgent fundraising campaign.
Or, donate by text message: Text METOPERA to 44321 in the U.S. or 1-917-999-0700 for other countries. Standard text messaging rates apply.
From ancient Troy to a provincial Italian village to the depths of hell itself, this week’s streams offer an epic operatic journey. Use this guide to plan your itinerary.
View the Playbills from the original performance dates for each stream, including synopses, program notes, and more.
Salome: Discussion with Karita Mattila
In advance of the free Nightly Opera Stream of Strauss’s Salome, General Manager Peter Gelb spoke with soprano Karita Mattila about her experience singing the fearsome title role.
Polenzani and Sher Discuss L’Elisir d’Amore
Tenor Matthew Polenzani and director Bartlett Sher recently joined Met Executive Stage Director Paula Suozzi for a virtual conversation about L’Elisir d’Amore and took questions about the opera from students.
Celebrating Renata Scotto
In more than 300 Met performances, great Italian soprano Renata Scotto, who stars in this week’s stream of Puccini’s Manon Lescaut, riveted audiences with her idiomatic singing and powerful acting.
The Princess Pride
As she prepared to return to reprise her portrayal of Strauss’s Salome in 2008, captivating soprano Karita Mattila discussed the challenges of singing—and dancing—the demanding title role.
Throwing herself wholly into every role she played, French soprano Natalie Dessay was one of the Met’s most magnetic artists for more than two decades.
From the Archives: Manon Lescaut at the Met
One of the repertory’s most glamorous operas has been matched by equally glamorous casts in more than 200 Met performances since its company premiere in 1907.
The Trojan Women
Director Francesco Zambello and stars Susan Graham and Deborah Voigt discuss the 2012 revival of Berlioz’s Les Troyens, in which powerful women dominate the action.
In this 2008 video, Renata Scotto—star of this week’s Manon Lescaut stream—Renée Fleming, and Patricia Racette discuss some of opera’s most unconventional heroines, illustrated by exciting clips from Met telecasts.
The Stuff of Legend
Goethe’s seminal Faust has inspired a number of operatic masterpieces, including Berlioz’s towering La Damnation de Faust, which reappeared on the Met stage in 2008 after more than a century.
From the Archives: Salome at the Met
An opera that was born in scandal and makes sensation its stock and trade has enjoyed a fittingly tumultuous and exciting history at the Metropolitan, from its notorious premiere in 1907 to the spectacular 2008 performance being streamed this week.
In this excerpt from the final act of Les Troyens, Berlioz’s monumental adaptation of Virgil’s Aeneid, mezzo-soprano Susan Graham is the tragic Dido, abandoned by Aeneas and haunted by visions as she plans her own death.
Remembering Dmitri Hvorostovsky
Great Russian baritone Dmitri Hvorostovsky, who died in 2017 after a battle with brain cancer, was a beloved figure at the Met and one of the world’s most extraordinary operatic artists.
Before the 2008 premiere of his production of La Damnation de Faust, the visionary director Robert Lepage discussed his approach to staging Berlioz’s grand “dramatic legend.”
The Designs of Santo Loquasto
Set and costume designer Santo Loquasto, a longtime Broadway master and four-time Tony-winner, has created striking sets and costumes for four Met productions, including the staging of Salome being screened this week.
French soprano Natalie Dessay is Amina, the sleepwalking heroine of Bellini’s La Sonnambula, in this exquisite aria from the opera’s second act.
Resources from the Met’s education department are available for many of the operas featured in this streaming series. Designed for use in the classroom, they are perfect for parents whose kids are now learning from home, or for anyone who’d like to know more about opera.
Sound of Revolution
In his imaginative production of L’Elisir d’Amore, director Bartlett Sher uncovers the patriotic fervor simmering underneath the opera’s enchanting surface charm.
Mary Zimmerman’s production of La Sonnambula, which premiered in 2009, has one foot in a Swiss village, the other in a rehearsal room, where the director recreated the transcendent moments that happen when great artists are at ease.
A Tribute to Marcello Giordani
Marcello Giordani, who passed away in October 2019 and is featured in this week’s streams of Berlioz’s La Damnation de Faust and Verdi’s Ernani, was one of the Met’s brightest star tenors in recent decades.
Monday, May 25
Berlioz’s La Damnation de Faust
Starring Susan Graham, Marcello Giordani, and John Relyea, conducted by James Levine. From November 22, 2008.
Tuesday, May 26
Starring Angela Meade, Marcello Giordani, Dmitri Hvorostovsky, and Ferruccio Furlanetto, conducted by Marco Armiliato. From February 25, 2012.
Wednesday, May 27
Puccini’s Manon Lescaut
Starring Renata Scotto, Plácido Domingo, and Pablo Elvira, conducted by James Levine. From March 29, 1980.
Thursday, May 28
Berlioz’s Les Troyens
Starring Deborah Voigt, Susan Graham, Bryan Hymel, and Dwayne Croft, conducted by Fabio Luisi. From January 5, 2013.
Friday, May 29
Viewers’ Choice: Bellini’s La Sonnambula
Starring Natalie Dessay and Juan Diego Flórez, conducted by Evelino Pidò. From March 21, 2009.
Saturday, May 30
Donizetti’s L’Elisir d’Amore
Starring Pretty Yende, Matthew Polenzani, Davide Luciano, and Ildebrando D’Arcangelo, conducted by Domingo Hindoyan. From February 10, 2018.
Sunday, May 31
Starring Karita Mattila, Ildikó Komlósi, Kim Begley, Joseph Kaiser, and Juha Uusitalo, conducted by Patrick Summers. From October 11, 2008.