Nightly Opera Streams, Week 2 (March 23–29)
The second week of our free Nightly Opera Streams is dedicated to the epic masterpieces of Richard Wagner, operas that often depict destruction and strife, but also offer hope for redemption and rebirth—a message that resonates now more than ever. Explore the articles and resources below to expand your knowledge and enhance your experience as you enjoy the free streams.
New content will continue to be added, so check back periodically for updates.
A full schedule for the week’s streams is available at the bottom of this page.
View the Playbills from the original performance dates for each stream, including synopses, program notes, and more.
A Guide to Wagner Week
New to Wagner and don’t know Niebelheim from Nürnberg? This guide will introduce you to these epic dramas and get you ready for an eye-opening week of opera.
This feature-length documentary chronicles the herculean efforts of director Robert Lepage, the world’s greatest singers, and the Metropolitan Opera to fulfill Wagner’s grand vision for his epic Ring cycle. Available for free for the duration of this Wagner-focused week of opera streams.
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 Ring Transformed
Wagner’s legendary four-part Ring cycle poses the ultimate challenge for any opera company. Hear from director Robert Lepage about his groundbreaking Met staging, which premiered over the course of the 2010–11 and 2011–12 seasons.
Leitmotifs in Wagner’s Ring
Wagner’s use and development of musical themes known as leitmotifs create a symbolic undercurrent of meaning throughout the Ring cycle. In this video, members of the Met Orchestra play and discuss some of the themes.
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.
Behind the Scenes with Jay Hunter Morris
Take a backstage look at a 2011 dress rehearsal for Siegfried, when tenor Jay Hunter Morris stepped into the daunting title role at the last minute.
Monday, March 23: Wagner’s Tristan und Isolde
Starring Nina Stemme, Ekaterina Gubanova, Stuart Skelton, Evgeny Nikitin, and René Pape, conducted by Simon Rattle. From October 8, 2016.
Tuesday, March 24: Wagner’s Das Rheingold
Starring Wendy Bryn Harmer, Stephanie Blythe, Richard Croft, Gerhard Siegel, Dwayne Croft, Bryn Terfel, Eric Owens, and Hans-Peter König, conducted by James Levine. From October 9, 2010.
Wednesday, March 25: Wagner’s Die Walküre
Starring Deborah Voigt, Eva-Maria Westbroek, Stephanie Blythe, Jonas Kaufmann, Bryn Terfel, and Hans-Peter König, conducted by James Levine. From May 14, 2011.
Thursday, March 26: Wagner’s Siegfried
Starring Deborah Voigt, Jay Hunter Morris, Gerhard Siegel, Bryn Terfel, and Eric Owens, conducted by Fabio Luisi. From November 5, 2011.
Friday, March 27: Wagner’s Götterdämmerung
Starring Deborah Voigt, Wendy Bryn Harmer, Waltraud Meier, Jay Hunter Morris, Iain Paterson, Eric Owens, and Hans-Peter König, conducted by Fabio Luisi. From February 11, 2012.
Saturday, March 28: Wagner’s Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg
Starring Annette Dasch, Johan Botha, Paul Appleby, and Michael Volle, conducted by James Levine. From December 13, 2014.
Sunday, March 29: Wagner’s Tannhäuser
Starring Eva-Maria Westbroek, Michelle DeYoung, Johan Botha, Peter Mattei, and Gunther Groissböck, conducted by James Levine. From October 31, 2015.