Nightly Opera Streams, June 8–14
This week, the Met’s acclaimed At-Home Gala returns for a two-day encore screening period, alongside masterpieces by Tchaikovsky, Mozart, and more. 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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Twisted fairy tales and historical dramas—and a special encore presentation of the Met’s recent At-Home Gala—make for another exciting lineup of Nightly Opera Streams. This guide will help you plan your operatic week.
View the Playbills from the original performance dates for each stream, including synopses, program notes, and more.
Technology in Troubled Times
The Nightly Opera Streams and At-Home Gala are just the latest examples of the Met using technological innovations to confront crises. Learn about other crucial points in the company’s history when technology helped the show go on.
Alice Coote Discusses Hansel and Gretel
Mezzo-soprano Alice Coote recently joined Executive Stage Director Paula Suozzi and Assistant Director Eric Einhorn for a virtual conversation about Hansel and Gretel and took questions about the opera from students.
Vulnerability and Strength
Teresa Stratas, who gives tour-de-force performances in this week’s streams of Corigliano’s The Ghosts of Versailles and Weill’s Rise and Fall of the City of Mahagonny, enjoyed a Met career spanning more than three decades. Read more about this fascinating and elusive artist.
Director Mariusz Trelinski discusses the connections his intriguing double-bill production makes between the complicated heroines of Tchaikovsky’s Iolanta and Bartók’s Bluebeard's Castle.
Such Sweet Sorrow
Elīna Garanča, in the trouser role of Sesto, sings an excerpt from the celebrated aria “Parto, parto,” from Mozart’s penultimate opera, La Clemenza di Tito.
A Return to Rodelinda
As she prepared to reprise her portrayal of the title heroine of Handel’s dramatic opera, soprano Renée Fleming explained why the composer continues to seize audiences’ imaginations.
Yannick Nézet-Séguin conducts members of the Met Orchestra, recorded separately in their individual homes, in the sweeping Intermezzo from Mascagni’s Cavalleria Rusticana as part of the At-Home Gala.
The Ghosts of Versailles: Director’s Note
Colin Graham, who directed the world premiere of The Ghosts of Versailles at the Met, explains why John Corigliano’s opera offers a message of hope and compassion perfect for our time.
Peek into the Met prop shops, where a team of theatrical wizards prepares a delectable spread of treats for Richard Jones’s production of Humperdinck’s Hansel and Gretel.
Before appearing as Sesto in La Clemenza di Tito in 2012, mezzo-soprano Elīna Garanča spoke about singing Mozart’s sublime music, her character’s conflicting emotions, and the challenges of playing a man.
Handel at the Met
While the company hadn’t presented an opera by Handel before 1984, in recent years, the composer’s works have appeared with increasing frequency on the Met stage.
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.
In this excerpt from the final act of Handel’s Rodelinda, Renée Fleming sings the titular Queen of Lombardy’s aria “Mio caro bene,” mixing joy and relief as she is at long last reunited with her husband.
In Richard Jones’s production of Humperdinck’s Hansel and Gretel, which premiered during the 2007–08 season, food—and the absence of food—takes center stage.
Spirit of Radio
For almost 90 years, millions of listeners have tuned in to the Met’s Saturday Matinee Radio Broadcasts, beginning with a 1931 performance of Hänsel und Gretel. Explore some of the noteworthy events in the annals of the longest-running continuous classical music program in American broadcast history.
Where the Heart Is
In a highlight of the April 25 At-Home Gala, the Met Orchestra and Chorus came together through nearly 100 individually recorded videos to perform “Va, pensiero” from Verdi’s Nabucco, conducted by Yannick Nézet-Séguin.
Light and Shadow
In his 2015 production of Tchaikovsky’s Iolanta and Bartók’s Bluebeard’s Castle, starring Anna Netrebko and Nadja Michael, director Mariusz Treliński explored the darker side of a pair of fairy tales with complicated women at the center.
Monday, June 8
Mozart’s La Clemenza di Tito
Starring Lucy Crowe, Barbara Frittoli, Elīna Garanča, Kate Lindsey, and Giuseppe Filianoti, conducted by Harry Bicket. From December 1, 2012.
Tuesday, June 9
Tchaikovsky’s Iolanta and Bartók’s Bluebeard's Castle
Starring Anna Netrebko and Piotr Beczała in Iolanta, and Nadja Michael and Mikhail Petrenko in Bluebeard's Castle, conducted by Valery Gergiev. From February 14, 2015.
Wednesday, June 10
Humperdinck’s Hansel and Gretel
Starring Christine Schäfer, Alice Coote, Rosalind Plowright, Philip Langridge, and Alan Held, conducted by Vladimir Jurowski. From January 1, 2008.
Thursday, June 11
John Corigliano’s The Ghosts of Versailles
Starring Teresa Stratas, Renée Fleming, Marilyn Horne, Graham Clark, Gino Quilico, and Håkan Hagegård, conducted by James Levine. From January 10, 1992.
Friday, June 12, and Saturday, June 13
At-Home Gala (Encore Screening)
In a re-broadcast of our recent At-Home Gala, more than 40 leading artists and members of the Met Orchestra and Chorus perform virtually from their homes around the world, with General Manager Peter Gelb and Music Director Yannick Nézet-Séguin as hosts. From April 25, 2020.
Sunday, June 14
Starring Renée Fleming, Stephanie Blythe, Andreas Scholl, Iestyn Davies, Joseph Kaiser, and Shenyang, conducted by Harry Bicket. From December 3, 2011.