Nightly Opera Streams, Week 3 (March 30–April 5)
The third week of our free Nightly Opera Streams offers a wide range of musical and theatrical flavors—from the infectious comedy of Rossini’s classic Il Barbiere di Siviglia to the epitome of the bel canto style in Bellini’s Norma and the grand drama of Verdi’s monumental Don Carlo. 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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Not sure where to start with this week’s Nightly Opera Streams? This guide will introduce you to the productions featured in the upcoming days and get you ready to enjoy every minute of the operatic action.
View the Playbills from the original performance dates for each stream, including synopses, program notes, and more.
Don Carlo: Panel Discussion
In advance of the April 2 free stream of Verdi’s Don Carlo, General Manager Peter Gelb, Music Director Yannick Nézet-Séguin, and tenor Roberto Alagna spoke about the performance in a virtual panel discussion.
“The Week that Changed the World”
On the occasion of the 2011 Met premiere of John Adams’s Nixon in China, one journalist recalled his experience on the history-making 1972 visit that inspired the opera.
Meet Sir Gabriel
Meet the adorable four-legged star of Rossini’s Il Barbiere di Siviglia in this backstage interview with a donkey named Sir Gabriel—and his trainer, Nancy Novograd.
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.
Aria Code: Verdi’s Macbeth
Dive into the details of Lady Macbeth’s legendary sleepwalking scene with Anna Netrebko and host Rhiannon Giddens in this episode of our Aria Code podcast, a collaboration with WQXR.
John Dexter and Dialogues des Carmélites
The Met’s Dialogues des Carmélites production by John Dexter is one of the company’s most successful and admired stagings. Learn about how it came to be.
Dive into Les Pêcheurs de Perles
Penny Woolcock’s spectacular production of Bizet’s Les Pêcheurs de Perles, which premiered in 2015, enlisted projection designers and acrobats to conjure the opera’s evocative aquatic setting. Learn more about the stunning diving sequences in this behind-the-scenes video.
How to Sing Rossini
Hear directly from Juan Diego Flórez and Peter Mattei, stars of the Live in HD performance of Il Barbiere di Siviglia, about what it takes to make Rossini’s music sing.
Nicholas Hytner on Don Carlo
Director Nicholas Hytner explains why Don Carlo is the “quintessential Verdi opera” and discusses his monumental staging, which premiered at the Met in 2010.
Something Wicked This Way Comes
The Met’s compelling production of Verdi’s Macbeth is infused with the Shakespearean expertise of director Adrian Noble, onetime leader of Britain’s Royal Shakespeare Company.
John Adams and Peter Sellars on Nixon in China
Composer John Adams and director Peter Sellars discuss the historical events that informed Adams's spellbinding modern opera, Nixon in China, and Sellars’s 2011 Met-premiere production.
Dialogues des Carmélites: In Focus
Amid the chaos of the French Revolution, an order of nuns commit the ultimate act of martyrdom, giving opera one of its most devastating and unforgettable final scenes. Learn more about Poulenc’s Dialogues des Carmélites with our In Focus podcast.
Resources from the Met’s education department are available for many of the operas featured in this streaming series. Designed for use in the classroom, they are perfect for parents whose kids are now learning from home, or for anyone who’d like to know more about opera.
Lasting and Profound
Yannick Nézet-Séguin brought his first season as Met Music Director to a close with Dialogues des Carmélites in May 2019. As he prepared to lead Poulenc’s powerful opera of faith and martyrdom, he spoke about what makes this masterpiece of 20th-century music unique.
From the Archives: Don Carlo at the Met
Verdi’s Don Carlo is today widely considered one of the composer’s finest achievements, but it was not always so. Learn about the opera’s long road to recognition at the Met.
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.
Diana Damrau, who starred as Leïla in the 2015 premiere of Penny Woolcock’s production of Les Pêcheurs de Perles, explains why Bizet’s heroine is stronger than she seems.
The Head that Wears a Crown
Baritone Željko Lučić has sung many of Verdi’s greatest roles at the Met, including the title character of Macbeth, which he has sung with the company in three different seasons. In this interview preceding the 2019 revival, he spoke about his evolving view of the character and his devotion to Verdi’s music.
Becoming Lady Macbeth
In 2014, Anna Netrebko made her sensational Met role debut as Lady Macbeth. In this backstage interview from the Live in HD transmission, host Anita Rachvelishvili asks the soprano about her approach to the fiery antiheroine.