Nightly Opera Streams, June 1–7
This week’s Nightly Opera Streams span a variety of musical styles and more than 250 years of operatic history. 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.
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Divas both ancient and modern reign supreme in this week’s opera streams. This guide will acquaint you with the lineup of leading ladies.
View the Playbills from the original performance dates for each stream, including synopses, program notes, and more.
Superstar soprano Anna Netrebko has appeared in more Live in HD transmissions than any other principal artist. Watch highlights from a dozen of her roles, including her first HD and one of this week’s free streams, I Puritani.
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.
As she prepared to bring the “father of music” to the Met stage, mezzo-soprano Stephanie Blythe discussed starring in Mark Morris’s spirited—and spirit-filled—production.
Puccini’s operatic thrill ride Tosca features a fictional diva that’s one of the ultimate showcases for the real thing. But at a time when the term “diva” is thrown around seemingly willy-nilly, what exactly did the composer have in mind?
When searching for an instrument to give voice to the imprisoning force that traps a group of chic dinner guests in The Exterminating Angel, composer Thomas Adès settled upon an early electronic instrument from the 1920s.
When conceiving his vibrant staging of Gluck’s Orfeo ed Euridice, director and choreographer Mark Morris envisioned the nearly 100-member chorus as witnesses from history.
Thomas Adès and His Angel
Live in HD host Nadine Sierra chats backstage with composer Thomas Adès about his stunning and surreal opera The Exterminating Angel, along with two of the production’s stars, Amanda Echalaz and Joseph Kaiser.
Object of Desire
The heroine of Berg’s Lulu captivates all who cross her path. In his 2015 new production of the opera, artists and director William Kentridge explored why all attempts to tame this so-called snake are doomed to fail.
In this poignant moment from last month’s At-Home Gala, Met concertmaster David Chan and Music Director Yannick Nézet-Séguin perform the celebrated Méditation from Massenet’s Thaïs.
Love Conquers All
Joyce DiDonato speaks with director and choreographer Mark Morris about his elegant staging of Gluck’s Orfeo ed Euridice, in which a chorus of historic characters bears witness to the transformative power of love.
Filmed in a rehearsal room in 2015, Bartlett Sher directs the stars of Otello—Sonya Yoncheva, Aleksandrs Antonenko, and Željko Lučić—in a scene from Act III.
The Tosca Timeline
The Met has presented nearly 1,000 performances of Puccini’s Tosca, starting with the work’s U.S. premiere in 1901. Explore the opera’s fascinating history at the Met.
Lulu in Rehearsal
Celebrated South African artist and director William Kentridge rehearses a scene from Berg’s Lulu with soprano Marlis Petersen, who sings the title role.
From the Archives: Orfeo ed Euridice at the Met
The Greek Orpheus myth has served as a subject for a number of operatic adaptations, including Gluck’s elegant Orfeo ed Euridice, whose history at the Met stretches back to the company’s earliest seasons.
Women on the Verge
Discover some of the great divas who have thrilled and terrified Met audiences with their mad scenes over the past half-century.
Thaïs is “a great star,” says Renée Fleming, who brought Massenet’s beguiling heroine to the Met stage in 2008.
Verdi’s Otello—a masterpiece of reignited creativity from the composer’s final years—magnifies its Shakespearean source in the way only opera can, says Bartlett Sher, director of the Met’s 2015 new production.
Opening Pandora’s Box
Soprano Marlis Petersen, who sings the title role in this week’s stream of Berg’s Lulu, discusses the opera’s enigmatic anti-heroine with mezzo-soprano Susan Graham, who portrays Countess Geschwitz.
Angel in America
Thomas Adès’s brilliant new opera The Exterminating Angel received its highly anticipated North American premiere at the Met following acclaimed runs in Salzburg and London. The production, directed by Tom Cairns, embraced the mesmerizing weirdness of the opera.
A World of Sighs
Tony Award–winning director Bartlett Sher discusses his bold production of Verdi’s towering Shakespeare adaptation Otello, which explores the psyche of the Moor Otello, brought low by jealousy and lies.
Monday, June 1
Bellini’s I Puritani
Starring Anna Netrebko, Eric Cutler, Franco Vassallo, and John Relyea, conducted by Patrick Summers. From January 6, 2007.
Tuesday, June 2
Starring Marlis Petersen, Susan Graham, Daniel Brenna, Paul Groves, Johan Reuter, and Franz Grundheber, conducted by Lothar Koenigs. From November 21, 2015.
Wednesday, June 3
Gluck’s Orfeo ed Euridice
Starring Danielle de Niese, Heidi Grant Murphy, and Stephanie Blythe, conducted by James Levine. From January 24, 2009.
Thursday, June 4
Starring Shirley Verrett, Luciano Pavarotti, and Cornell MacNeil, conducted by James Conlon. From December 19, 1978.
Friday, June 5
Thomas Adès’s The Exterminating Angel
Starring Audrey Luna, Amanda Echalaz, Sally Matthews, Sophie Bevan, Alice Coote, Christine Rice, Iestyn Davies, Joseph Kaiser, Frédéric Antoun, David Portillo, David Adam Moore, Rod Gilfry, Kevin Burdette, Christian Van Horn, and John Tomlinson, conducted by Thomas Adès. From November 18, 2017.
Saturday, June 6
Starring Sonya Yoncheva, Aleksandrs Antonenko, and Željko Lučić, conducted by Yannick Nézet-Séguin. From October 17, 2015.
Sunday, June 7
Starring Renée Fleming, Michael Schade, and Thomas Hampson, conducted by Jesús López-Cobos. From December 20, 2008.