Nightly Opera Streams, August 17–23
Four classic telecasts show off the Met’s rich performance history, alongside three exciting presentations from the Live in HD series. 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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Explore passionate romances, historical epics, a classic comedy, and one of the world’s most popular fairy tales with a guide to this week’s streams.
View the Playbills from the original performance dates for each stream, including synopses, program notes, and more.
Peter Mattei, who starred in the title role of Eugene Onegin in 2017, discusses Tchaikovsky’s enigmatic antihero who professes love too late.
Beloved mezzo-soprano Rosalind Elias, who passed away in May 2020, plays the Witch in this week’s stream of Humperdinck’s Hansel and Gretel.
Puccini’s operatic thrill ride Tosca features a fictional diva that’s one of the ultimate showcases for the real thing. But at a time when the term “diva” is thrown around seemingly willy-nilly, what exactly did the composer have in mind?
The Metropolitan Opera on Television
Take a look back at the history of the Met on TV, which extends all the way back to experimental broadcasts nearly 80 years ago.
Celebrating Renata Scotto
In more than 300 Met performances, great Italian soprano Renata Scotto, who stars in this week’s stream of Zandonai’s Francesca da Rimini, riveted audiences with her idiomatic singing and powerful acting.
Spirit of Radio
For almost 90 years, millions of listeners have tuned in to the Met’s Saturday Matinee Radio Broadcasts, beginning with a 1931 performance of Hänsel und Gretel. Explore some of the noteworthy events in the annals of the longest-running continuous classical music program in American broadcast history.
From the Archives: Pavarotti at the Met
In the storied history of the Metropolitan Opera, Luciano Pavarotti holds a secure place as one of the company’s most celebrated tenors.
The Tosca Timeline
The Met has presented nearly 1,000 performances of Puccini’s Tosca, starting with the work’s U.S. premiere in 1901. Explore the opera’s fascinating history at the Met.
Truth and Beauty
For director Deborah Warner, Eugene Onegin’s principal characters are as flesh-and-blood as anything in Shakespeare or Chekhov.
A Tribute to Marcello Giordani
Marcello Giordani, who passed away in October 2019 and is featured in this week’s free stream of Verdi’s Simon Boccanegra, was one of the Met’s brightest star tenors in recent decades.
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 this week’s stream of Cilea’s Adriana Lecouvreur.
From the Archives: Eugene Onegin at the Met
Tchaikovsky’s romantic adaptation of Pushkin got a slow start at the Metropolitan, but, especially in recent decades, it has become the most popular Russian opera in the company’s repertoire.
A Man for All Seasons
Beloved bass-baritone James Morris—who appears in this week’s stream of Puccini’s La Bohème—reflects on singing more than 1,000 performances on the Met stage.
Celebrated soprano Kathleen Battle, who stars in this week’s stream of Il Barbiere di Siviglia, mesmerized Met audiences with the purity and beauty of her voice. Read about her career with the company.
The epitome of Italianate style, Leo Nucci appeared in many of the repertory’s most captivating baritone roles—especially those of his countryman Giuseppe Verdi—over the course of his two-and-a-half decade Met career.
From the Archives: Francesca da Rimini at the Met
Despite rare appearances on the Met stage, Zandonai’s sweeping adaptation of Dante, Francesca da Rimini, has never failed to thrill audiences.
Monday, August 17
Starring Patricia Racette, Roberto Alagna, and George Gagnidze, conducted by Riccardo Frizza. From November 9, 2013.
Tuesday, August 18
Zandonai’s Francesca da Rimini
Starring Renata Scotto, Plácido Domingo, and Cornell MacNeil, conducted by James Levine. From April 7, 1984.
Wednesday, August 19
Tchaikovsky’s Eugene Onegin
Starring Anna Netrebko, Elena Maximova, Alexey Dolgov, Peter Mattei, and Štefan Kocán, conducted by Robin Ticciati. From April 22, 2017.
Thursday, August 20
Verdi’s Un Ballo in Maschera
Starring Aprile Millo, Harolyn Blackwell, Florence Quivar, Luciano Pavarotti, and Leo Nucci, conducted by James Levine. From January 26, 1991.
Friday, August 21
Verdi’s Simon Boccanegra
Starring Adrianne Pieczonka, Marcello Giordani, Plácido Domingo, and James Morris, conducted by James Levine. From February 6, 2010.
Saturday, August 22
Rossini’s Il Barbiere di Siviglia
Starring Kathleen Battle, Rockwell Blake, Leo Nucci, Enzo Dara, and Ferruccio Furlanetto, conducted by Ralf Weikert. From December 3, 1988.
Sunday, August 23
Humperdinck’s Hansel and Gretel
Starring Judith Blegen, Frederica von Stade, Jean Kraft, Rosalind Elias, and Michael Devlin, conducted by Thomas Fulton. From December 25, 1982.