Nightly Opera Streams, September 28–October 4
Revel in the operatic genius of Mozart with a marathon of his unsurpassed masterpieces. 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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This week is devoted to one of history’s greatest musical minds, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart.
View the Playbills from the original performance dates for each stream, including synopses, program notes, and more.
Mozart’s Idomeneo at the Met
After languishing in obscurity for some 200 years, Mozart’s early masterpiece finally assumed its rightful place in the repertory in the late 20th century, including at the Met, where it has enjoyed numerous successful runs with outstanding casts.
This Magic Moment
Mozart masterfully and simultaneously reveals the turbulent and conflicting emotions of his leading characters in this Act III quartet from Idomeneo.
Così’s U.S. Debut
While the Met presented Mozart’s Don Giovanni and Le Nozze di Figaro during its first decade of operation, the composer’s Così fan tutte didn’t arrive until 1922, when the company presented the opera’s U.S. premiere.
Aria Code: Mozart’s Die Zauberflöte
Dive into the details of the Queen of the Night’s iconic rage aria “Der Hölle Rache” with soprano Kathryn Lewek and host Rhiannon Giddens in this episode of our Aria Code podcast, a collaboration with WQXR.
In his new production of Le Nozze di Figaro, which premiered on Opening Night of the 2014–15 season, director Richard Eyre brought to the fore the sensuality of Mozart’s shimmering masterpiece.
Such Sweet Sorrow
Elīna Garanča, in the trouser role of Sesto, sings an excerpt from the celebrated aria “Parto, parto,” from Mozart’s penultimate opera, La Clemenza di Tito.
From the Archives: Le Nozze di Figaro at the Met
Though a rarity on the Met stage in the company’s early decades, Mozart’s masterpiece of comedy and social commentary has been a cornerstone of the Met repertory for the past 80 years, brought to life by a parade of great singers and conductors.
Live in HD host Renée Fleming talks with Don Giovanni stars Mariusz Kwiecień, Barbara Frittoli, and Luca Pisaroni about their roles, as well as all the onstage—and backstage—drama.
In the Met’s 1998 telecast of Mozart’s Le Nozze di Figaro, mezzo-soprano Cecilia Bartoli interpolated two of Mozart’s rarely heard alternate arias into her performance as the scheming maid Susanna. Listen to her jaunty rendition of “Un moto di gioia” in Act II.
Before appearing as Sesto in La Clemenza di Tito in 2012, mezzo-soprano Elīna Garanča spoke about singing Mozart’s sublime music, her character’s conflicting emotions, and the challenges of playing a man.
Mystery! Music! Magic!
Tony Award–winning director Julie Taymor discusses her spectacular production of Mozart’s The Magic Flute, which has had more than 100 performances at the Met.
Crime and Punishment
In Michael Grandage’s Met-debut production of Don Giovanni, the title character wasn’t just a serial seducer but an intensely complex individual.
Alabama-born soprano Susanna Phillips is no stranger to the music of Mozart, having performed five of the composer’s heroines at the Met—including Fiordiligi in Così fan tutte.
Leap of Faith
In Richard Eyre’s production of Le Nozze di Figaro, the page Cherubino makes a hasty escape from the Countess’s bedroom—taking a death defying leap out a second-story window.
Week 29 (Mozart Week)
Tuesday, September 29
Mozart’s Così fan tutte
Starring Susanna Phillips, Isabel Leonard, Danielle de Niese, Matthew Polenzani, Rodion Pogossov, and Maurizio Muraro, conducted by James Levine. From April 26, 2014.
Wednesday, September 30
Mozart’s La Clemenza di Tito
Starring Lucy Crowe, Barbara Frittoli, Elīna Garanča, Kate Lindsey, Giuseppe Filianoti, and Oren Gradus, conducted by Harry Bicket. From December 1, 2012.
Thursday, October 1
Mozart’s Die Zauberflöte
Starring Golda Schultz, Kathryn Lewek, Charles Castronovo, Markus Werba, Christian Van Horn, and René Pape, conducted by James Levine. From October 14, 2017.
Friday, October 2
Mozart’s Don Giovanni
Starring Marina Rebeka, Barbara Frittoli, Mojca Erdmann, Ramón Vargas, Mariusz Kwiecień, Luca Pisaroni, and Štefan Kocán, conducted by Fabio Luisi. From October 29, 2011.