Nightly Opera Streams, June 22–28
This week of free streams serves up an operatic sampler, with classics from the German, French, and Italian repertoire as well as John Adams’s contemporary take on the Manhattan Project, Doctor Atomic. Explore the articles and resources below to expand your knowledge and enhance your experience as you enjoy the performances. A full schedule for the week is available at the bottom of this page.
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Kick off the first week of summer with a thrilling lineup of Nightly Opera Streams—from fairy tales to classic tragedies to John Adams’s musical take on the birth of the atomic age. This guide will help you prepare for an explosive week of opera.
View the Playbills from the original performance dates for each stream, including synopses, program notes, and more.
Learn about J. Robert Oppenheimer, the brilliant Manhattan Project physicist at the center of John Adams’s Doctor Atomic.
Manon: In Focus
A beautiful ingénue with a taste for the finer things makes her way to Paris, where she becomes irresistible to the men around her—including the passionate Chevalier des Grieux, whose all-consuming love for her leads to ruin. Learn more about Massenet’s Manon with our In Focus podcast
From the Archives: American Opera at the Met, 1910–1937
Between 1910 and 1937, new works flourished on the Met stage as the company committed to presenting a number of operas by contemporary American composers.
Stephanie Blythe Discusses Cendrillon
Mezzo-soprano Stephanie Blythe recently joined Executive Stage Director Paula Suozzi and Assistant Director Peter McClintock for a virtual conversation about Cendrillon and took questions about the opera from students.
Mystery! Music! Magic!
Tony Award–winning director Julie Taymor discusses her spectacular production of Mozart’s Die Zauberflöte, which has had more than 100 performances at the Met.
Back to the Future
Before the curtain went up on their new production of Samson et Dalila, director Darko Tresnjak, set designer Alexander Dodge, and costume designer Linda Cho discussed collaborating on more than 50 productions and making thieir Met debuts together.
American composer John Adams reflects on his work at the forefront of modern opera, his sources of inspiration, and the telltale signs of a good story.
From the Archives: Pavarotti at the Met
In the storied history of the Metropolitan Opera, Luciano Pavarotti, who stars in this week’s stream of L’Elisir d’Amore, holds a secure place as one of the company’s most celebrated tenors.
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.
Take a peek behind the scenes in this time-lapse video documenting the Met scenic shop’s work on an enormous set piece for Darko Tresnjak’s 2018 production of Samson et Dalila.
Holding onto Hope
Celebrated mezzo-soprano Joyce DiDonato, who stars in Massenet’s Cendrillon, explains how this French take on the Cinderella story sparks joy in Laurent Pelly’s storybook production.
In advance of her role debut as Manon, Soprano Lisette Oropesa spoke about her ever-expanding repertoire and her empathy for Massenet's fascinating heroine.
Aria Code: Mozart’s Die Zauberflöte
Dive into the details of the Queen of the Night’s iconic rage aria “Der Hölle Rache” with soprano Kathryn Lewek and host Rhiannon Giddens in this episode of our Aria Code podcast, a collaboration with WQXR.
Beloved tenor Luciano Pavarotti sings the moving aria “Una furtiva lagrima” from Donizetti’s L’Elisir d’Amore in the 1991 performance being streamed this week.
Samson et Dalila: In Focus
An immortal biblical tale. An underrated operatic masterpiece, with some of the repertory’s most luscious and seductive music. Learn more about Saint-Saëns’s Samson et Dalila with our In Focus podcast.
In his remarkable Doctor Atomic, composer John Adams explores the life and work of Robert Oppenheimer and the march toward one of the most controversial inventions of 20th-century science.
In this 2018 preview of his new production of Samson et Dalila, director Darko Tresnjak discusses his bold staging, and stars Roberto Alagna and Elīna Garanča chat about their roles and on-stage chemistry.
Monday, June 22
Verdi’s La Traviata
Starring Sonya Yoncheva, Michael Fabiano, and Thomas Hampson, conducted by Nicola Luisotti. From March 11, 2017.
Tuesday, June 23
John Adams’s Doctor Atomic
Starring Sasha Cooke, Thomas Glenn, Gerald Finley, and Richard Paul Fink, conducted by Alan Gilbert. From November 8, 2008.
Wednesday, June 24
Saint-Saëns’s Samson et Dalila
Starring Elīna Garanča, Roberto Alagna, Laurent Naouri, Elchin Azizov, and Dmitry Belosselskiy, conducted by Sir Mark Elder. From October 20, 2018.
Thursday, June 25
Starring Lisette Oropesa, Michael Fabiano, Carlo Bosi, Artur Ruciński, Brett Polegato, and Kwangchul Youn, conducted by Maurizio Benini. From October 26, 2019.
Friday, June 26
Donizetti’s L’Elisir d’Amore
Starring Kathleen Battle, Luciano Pavarotti, Juan Pons, and Enzo Dara, conducted by James Levine. From November 16, 1991.
Saturday, June 27
Starring Kathleen Kim, Joyce DiDonato, Alice Coote, Stephanie Blythe, and Laurent Naouri, conducted by Bertrand de Billy. From April 28, 2018.
Sunday, June 28
Mozart’s Die Zauberflöte
Starring Golda Schultz, Kathryn Lewek, Charles Castronovo, Markus Werba, Christian Van Horn, and René Pape, conducted by James Levine. From October 14, 2017.