Nightly Opera Streams, September 14–20
This week of free streams presents opera at its most virtuosic with a lineup of seven bel canto favorites. Explore the articles and resources below to expand your knowledge and enhance your experience as you enjoy the dazzling performances. A full schedule for the week is available at the bottom of this page.
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Explore a thrilling lineup of bel canto masterpieces—including favorite operas by Donizetti, Rossini, and Bellini—with this guide to the week.
View the Playbills from the original performance dates for each stream, including synopses, program notes, and more.
Polenzani and Sher Discuss L’Elisir d’Amore
Tenor Matthew Polenzani and director Bartlett Sher recently joined Met Executive Stage Director Paula Suozzi for a virtual conversation about L’Elisir d’Amore and took questions about the opera from students.
La Fille du Régiment: In Focus
She’s a spunky orphan, he’s the local country boy, and together they deliver unforgettable vocal fireworks. Learn more about Donizetti's French farce with our In Focus podcast
From the Archives: Norma at the Met
Bellini’s bel canto masterpiece is an unsurpassed showcase for vocal virtuosity, especially for the sopranos who dare to tackle the fearsome title role. Learn about some of the great artists who have taken on the challenge at the Met over the last 130 years.
Throwing herself wholly into every role she played, French soprano Natalie Dessay was one of the Met’s most magnetic artists for nearly two decades.
King of Comedy
Otto Schenk’s 2006 staging of Donizetti’s bel canto gem Don Pasquale is a dazzling display of comedic prowess from a director better known at the Met for his work in heavier repertoire.
Women on the Verge
Discover some of the great divas who have thrilled and terrified Met audiences with their mad scenes over the past half-century.
Nun Shall Pass
Go behind the scenes of the creation of Bartlett Sher’s Met-premiere staging of Rossini’s whimsical comedy Le Comte Ory.
Before taking on the formidable title role of Norma, a powerful Druid priestess struggling to balance her public and personal identities, soprano Sondra Radvanovsky spoke about her character and her career—and the connections between the two.
Bartlett Sher on Le Comte Ory
The director of the Met’s vivacious staging of Rossini’s Le Comte Ory discusses his take on the opera in this video looking forward to the production’s 2011 premiere.
Sound of Revolution
In his imaginative production of L’Elisir d’Amore, director Bartlett Sher uncovers the patriotic fervor simmering underneath the opera’s enchanting surface charm.
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 two of this week’s free streams, Don Pasquale and I Puritani.
Radvanovsky and McVicar on Norma
The Met’s 2017 new production of Norma lavished Bellini’s bel canto masterpiece with an exceptional cast and evocative visuals. In this video, soprano Sondra Radvanovsky and director Sir David McVicar discuss the work’s transcendent music and the production’s depiction of druidic history.
Week 27 (Bel-Canto Favorites)