Nightly Opera Streams, August 10–16
From legends of past eras like Luciano Pavarotti and Renata Scotto to standout singers of the present day, including Nina Stemme and Karita Mattila, this week’s streams feature a brilliant collection of stars. 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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Discover some of opera’s greatest love stories—with popular favorites by Puccini, Bizet, Verdi, and Wagner—with this guide to the week’s streams.
View the Playbills from the original performance dates for each stream, including synopses, program notes, and more.
Rallying the Troops
Take a look behind the scenes at how the Met’s stage managers, the company’s backstage generals, marshal the vast theatrical forces required for Franco Zeffirelli’s grand staging of Puccini’s Turandot.
Mattila on Manon
Before she appeared in the title role of Manon Lescaut live in HD in 2008, Finnish diva Karita Mattila discussed acting in opera, the flaws in Manon’s character, and the importance of a good relationship with her scene partners.
Aria Code: Carmen
Tenor Roberto Alagna explores Don José’s devastating Flower Song from Bizet's Carmen.
From the Archives: Luisa Miller at the Met
Verdi’s lesser-known masterpiece had its Met premiere in 1929 with the remarkable Rosa Ponselle in the title role, then disappeared from the company’s repertoire until 1968. Since then, it has received nearly 100 performances with a number of noteworthy artists.
The Lifespan of a Costume
Year in and year out, the 110 artisans in the Met costume shops are responsible for clothing the multitudes that fill the stage night after night—from Chinese ministers to Russian aristocrats to the humble inhabitants of Catfish Row.
Back in the Director’s Chair
After creating 11 productions for the company, director Franco Zeffirelli returned to the Met in 2008 for a revival of his signature production of La Bohème. He spoke about filming opera, respecting Puccini, and the “irresistible fire” of La Bohème.
The Animals of Manon Lescaut
Live in HD host Renée Fleming speaks with animal trainers Nancy and Paul Novograd about the four-legged stars of Puccini’s Manon Lescaut.
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.
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 Andrea Chénier, holds a secure place as one of the company’s most celebrated tenors.
Turandot: In Focus
In ancient China, a princess tests the worthiness of her suitors by posing a series of riddles—killing those who answer incorrectly—until a brave warrior proves he’s up to the challenge. Learn more about Puccini’s Turandot with our In Focus podcast.
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.
Aria Code: Rigoletto
In this podcast episode, soprano Nadine Sierra and host Rhiannon Giddens discuss the overwhelming emotions of young love and dive into the details of Gilda’s breathtaking Act I aria, “Caro nome.”
Franco Zeffirelli’s lavish production of Puccini’s La Bohème has dazzled audiences for nearly 40 years. This backstage video offers a look behind the scenes at how the monumental sets are changed.
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.
From the Archives: Turandot at the Met
Arriving at the Met seven months after its world premiere, Puccini’s Turandot has long been a showcase for some of opera’s most exciting artists appearing in equally spectacular stagings.
A Tribute to Marcello Giordani
Marcello Giordani, who passed away in October 2019 and is featured in this week’s free stream of Puccini’s Manon Lescaut, was one of the Met’s brightest star tenors in recent decades.
Celebrating Renata Scotto
In more than 300 Met performances, great Italian soprano Renata Scotto, who stars in this week’s stream of Puccini’s Manon Lescaut, riveted audiences with her idiomatic singing and powerful acting.
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.
From the Archives: Manon Lescaut at the Met
One of the repertory’s most glamorous operas has been matched by equally glamorous casts in more than 200 Met performances since its company premiere in 1907.
The Tristan “Curse”
With a pair of title roles that have been proclaimed “unsingable” by critics and artists alike, Wagner’s Tristan und Isolde has encountered—or possibly courted—more than its fair share of mishaps at the Metropolitan.
Each stream becomes available at 7:30PM EDT and remains accessible for on-demand viewing until 6:30PM EDT the following day, with the exception of the August 15 stream of La Bohème, which will be available until August 16 at 12PM EDT. The August 16 stream of Luisa Miller will begin at the normally scheduled 7:30PM EDT.