Nightly Opera Streams, June 29–July 5
This week’s lineup features two classic telecasts and several standout performances from recent Live in HD seasons. Explore the articles and resources below to expand your knowledge and enhance your experience as you enjoy the free streams. A full schedule for the week is available at the bottom of this page.
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Operatic legends and some of today’s most exciting artists take the stage in this week’s Nightly Opera Streams. This guide will help you prepare for the packed lineup of star-studded stagings.
View the Playbills from the original performance dates for each stream, including synopses, program notes, and more.
Friends and Colleagues Remember Beverly Sills
After her passing in 2007, friends and colleagues shared their thoughts and memories of great American soprano Beverly Sills.
Thus Spake Kathleen Turner
Before appearing in the 2019 revival of La Fille di Régiment, legendary actress Kathleen Turner discussed making her operatic debut in Donizetti’s hilarious comedy.
The Art of William Kentridge
The term “multidisciplinary” could have been coined for artist and director William Kentridge, whose work incorporates drawing, painting, film, animation, sound recording, live performance, and a shrewd, politically engaged intelligence.
Carmen: In Focus
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.
In this playful Valentine’s Day conversation from 2015, Joyce DiDonato chats with her La Donna Del Lago co-star Juan Diego Flórez about the complicated plot and challenging music of Rossini’s brilliant opera.
Jessye Norman, 1945–2019
In the fall of 2019, the entire Met family—along with the opera world at large—mourned the loss of Jessye Norman, one of the great sopranos of the past half-century.
Aria Code: Donizetti’s La Fille du Régiment
Dive into the details of Tonio’s spectacular aria “Ah! Mes amis ... Pour mon âme” and its parade of high Cs with tenor Javier Camarena and host Rhiannon Giddens in this episode of our Aria Code podcast, a collaboration with WQXR.
Crime and Punishment
In Michael Grandage’s Met-debut production of Don Giovanni, the title character wasn’t just a serial seducer but an intensely complex individual.
A Man for All Seasons
Beloved bass-baritone James Morris—who appears in this week's stream of Verdi’s Simon Boccanegra—reflects on singing more than 1,000 performances on the Met stage.
Less than a year before her death, Beverly Sills—who appears in this week’s stream of Don Pasquale—recalled her legendary career and assessed the state of opera in the 21st century.
Back to School
In 2017, South African soprano Pretty Yende, who stars in La Fille du Régiment, made a surprise visit to a New York City high school to coach music students and discuss her life and career.
On The Nose
In the world of Shostakovich’s The Nose, as conceived by William Kentridge, body parts vanish and turn up as public officials, Anna Pavlova dances with a giant nose on her head, and life is ruled by what the director calls “an absurd logic.”
Mezzo-soprano Joyce DiDonato, who sang Elena in the Met premiere of Rossini’s La Donna del Lago, discusses the challenges and rewards of the art of bel canto.
From the Archives: Wagner at the Met
Learn about the storied history of Wagner’s operas at the Met, from the house’s opening season in 1883 to the present day.
Theater of the Absurd
Based on Gogol, Shostakovich’s The Nose relates the satirical story of a man who wakes up one morning to discover his nose has disappeared. In this discussion, General Manager Peter Gelb speaks with artist and director William Kentridge about absurdism.
Lady of the Lake
Part love triangle, part political drama, and packed throughout with vocal fireworks, La Donna del Lago is Rossini’s romantic retelling of Sir Walter Scott’s epic poem The Lady of the Lake. Hear from director Paul Curran about his atmospheric production.
Drop Dead Sexy
In Richard Eyre’s production of Bizet’s masterpiece, which premiered during the 2009–10 season, Carmen’s life-or-death quest for freedom is driven by sex.
Live in HD host Renée Fleming talks with Don Giovanni stars Mariusz Kwiecień, Barbara Frittoli, and Luca Pisaroni about their roles, as well as all the onstage—and backstage—drama.
Wagner’s Norse Obsession
Mythology provided Wagner with a steady supply of gods, goddesses, and psychosexual dynamism to satisfy his rich and ingenious imagination. Learn more about the composer’s Nordic sources of inspiration.
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.
Monday, June 29
Donizetti’s La Fille du Régiment
Starring Pretty Yende, Stephanie Blythe, Javier Camarena, Maurizio Muraro, and Kathleen Turner, conducted by Enrique Mazzola. From March 2, 2019.
Tuesday, June 30
Wagner’s Die Walküre
Starring Hildegard Behrens, Jessye Norman, Christa Ludwig, Gary Lakes, James Morris, and Kurt Moll, conducted by James Levine. From April 8, 1989.
Wednesday, July 1
Shostakovich’s The Nose
Starring Andrey Popov, Alexander Lewis, and Paulo Szot, conducted by Pavel Smelkov. From October 26, 2013.
Thursday, July 2
Starring Anita Hartig, Anita Rachvelishvili, Aleksandrs Antonenko, and Ildar Abdrazakov, conducted by Pablo Heras-Casado. From November 1, 2014.
Friday, July 3
Mozart’s Don Giovanni
Starring Marina Rebeka, Barbara Frittoli, Mojca Erdmann, Ramón Vargas, Mariusz Kwiecien, Luca Pisaroni, and Štefan Kocán, conducted by Fabio Luisi. From October 29, 2011.
Saturday, July 4
Donizetti’s Don Pasquale
Starring Beverly Sills, Alfredo Kraus, Håkan Hagegård, and Gabriel Bacquier, conducted by Nicola Rescigno. From January 11, 1979.
Sunday, July 5
Rossini’s La Donna del Lago
Starring Joyce DiDonato, Daniela Barcellona, Juan Diego Flórez, John Osborn, and Oren Gradus, conducted by Michele Mariotti. From March 14, 2015.