Nightly Opera Streams, July 20–26
Get ready for another week of outstanding performances from the Met’s catalogue of Live in HD transmissions and classic telecasts, featuring the greatest voices of today and past eras. 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.
Aria Code: Strauss’s Der Rosenkavalier
Dive into the details of the Marschallin’s monologue on the passing of time with Renée Fleming and host Rhiannon Giddens in this episode of our Aria Code podcast, a collaboration with WQXR.
Ollie Takes a Bow—Wow!
A proud dog-mom remembers her bearded collie’s star turn at the Met in the 1992–93 run of Verdi’s Falstaff.
From the Archives: Macbeth at the Met
Based on one of the Bard’s eeriest plays, Verdi’s grim tragedy has courted controversy and scandal from even before it’s 1959 Met premiere.
Before starring in the Met’s 2007 Live in HD transmission of Roméo et Juliette, tenor Roberto Alagna discussed bringing Gounod’s Shakespearean hero to the big screen.
Mirella Freni, 1935–2020
Earlier this year, the Met family mourned the death of exceptional Italian soprano Mirella Freni, who stars in this week’s stream of Falstaff.
La Fanciulla del West in Conversation
Tenor Tony Stevenson and fight director B. H. Barry recently joined Executive Stage Director Paula Suozzi for a virtual discussion about La Fanciulla del West and took questions about the opera from students.
Silence Is Golden
When an artist appears on the Met stage, there is generally some noise—but not for Rob Besserer, who appears in Il Barbiere di Siviglia in the mute role of Ambrogio.
Meet Sir Gabriel
Meet the adorable four-legged star of Rossini’s Il Barbiere di Siviglia in this backstage interview with a donkey named Sir Gabriel—and his trainer, Nancy Novograd.
Mezzo-soprano Isabel Leonard and baritone Christopher Maltman rehearse a scene from Rossini’s sparkling Il Barbiere di Siviglia and chat with Live in HD host Joyce DiDonato about developing on-stage chemistry.
From the Archives: Roméo et Juliette at the Met
From an early vogue in the 1890s to a revival of popularity in recent decades, learn about the Met history of Gounod’s soaring Shakespeare adaptation.
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.
La Fanciulla del West: In Focus
A gun-slinging heroine. A romantic tale of the Wild West. The first great opera with an American setting. Learn more about Puccini’s La Fanciulla del West with our In Focus podcast.
Master of the House
With a 51-year Met career including nearly 1,700 performances, bass Paul Plishka is one of the company’s most beloved artists.
Designer Catherine Zuber has charmed theatergoers—and won seven Tony Awards—for her breathtaking costumes for the Great White Way. Before the 2006 premiere of Il Barbiere di Siviglia, Zuber talked about sexing up the look of Rossini’s classic comedy.
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.
The 1910 world premiere of Puccini’s La Fanciulla del West at the Met was an enormous event for the then-young company. This Playbill article from the 2010 performances of the opera takes a look at that historic occasion from a century on.
Something Wicked this Way Comes
The Met’s compelling production of Verdi’s Macbeth is infused with the Shakespearean expertise of director Adrian Noble, onetime leader of Britain’s Royal Shakespeare Company.
The Greatest Showman
Few artists have had a greater impact on Met history than Franco Zeffirelli, the beloved director and designer who died in 2019.
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, Eugene Onegin.
The Head that Wears a Crown
Baritone Željko Lučić has sung many of Verdi’s greatest roles at the Met, including the title character of Macbeth, which he has sung with the company in three different seasons. In this interview preceding the 2019 revival, he spoke about his evolving view of the character and his devotion to Verdi’s music.
Monday, July 20
Rossini’s Il Barbiere di Siviglia
Starring Isabel Leonard, Lawrence Brownlee, Christopher Maltman, and Maurizio Muraro, conducted by Michele Mariotti. From November 11, 2014.
Tuesday, July 21
Starring Éva Marton, Tatiana Troyanos, Richard Cassilly, Bernd Weikl, and John Macurdy, conducted by James Levine. From December 20, 1982.
Wednesday, July 22
Starring Maria Guleghina, Dimitri Pittas, Željko Lučić, and John Relyea, conducted by James Levine. From January 12, 2008.
Thursday, July 23
Gounod’s Roméo et Juliette
Starring Anna Netrebko, Roberto Alagna, Nathan Gunn, and Robert Lloyd, conducted by Plácido Domingo. From December 15, 2007.
Friday, July 24
Starring Mirella Freni, Barbara Bonney, Marilyn Horne, Bruno Pola, and Paul Plishka, conducted by James Levine. From October 10, 1992.
Saturday, July 25
Strauss’s Der Rosenkavalier
Starring Renée Fleming, Christine Schäfer, Susan Graham, and Kristinn Sigmundsson, conducted by Edo de Waart. From January 9, 2010.
Sunday, July 26
Puccini’s La Fanciulla del West
Starring Eva-Maria Westbroek, Jonas Kaufmann, and Željko Lučić, conducted by Marco Armiliato. From October 27, 2018.