Nightly Opera Streams, October 5–11
The operas of Richard Wagner offer a unique combination of dramatic sweep, musical splendor, and emotional impact. This week, we present seven of his great music dramas, including all four installments of the epic Ring cycle. 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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Dive into seven of Wagner’s awe-inspiring masterworks, including his monumental Ring cycle, with this guide to the week.
View the Playbills from the original performance dates for each stream, including synopses, program notes, and more.
Leitmotifs in Wagner’s Ring
Wagner’s use and development of musical themes known as leitmotifs create a symbolic undercurrent of meaning throughout the Ring cycle. In this video, members of the Met Orchestra play and discuss some of the themes.
This week of free streams offers three opportunities to enjoy the artistry of the legendary German mezzo-soprano Christa Ludwig, unquestionably one of the great singers of the second half of the 20th century.
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.
Searching for Salvation
In his mesmerizing production of Parsifal, which premiered in 2013, Canadian director François Girard explores the diverse spiritual influences of Wagner’s meditative final masterpiece as well as what the piece has to say to modern-day audiences.
Jessye Norman, 1945–2019
In the fall of 2019, the entire Met family—along with the opera world at large—mourned the loss of Jessye Norman, one of the great sopranos of the past half-century.
Die Walküre: In Focus
The quest for the all-powerful ring continues with the second installment of Wagner’s Der Ring des Nibelungen. Learn more about Die Walküre with our In Focus podcast.
From the Archives: The Met Premiere of Parsifal
Read how, against the wishes of Wagner’s widow, the Met presented the U.S. premiere of the composer’s final opera in 1903.
Ever since its premiere in 1882, Wagner’s Parsifal has engendered a kind of all-consuming devotion bordering on the fanatic. Peruse some evocative commentary from a handful of notable devotees of the composer and his final masterpiece.
Wagner’s Norse Obsession
Mythology provided Wagner with a steady supply of gods, goddesses, and psychosexual dynamism to satisfy his rich and ingenious imagination. Learn more about the composer’s Nordic sources of inspiration.
Edge of the Unknown
In Mariusz Treliński’s production of Tristan und Isolde, which opened the 2016–17 Met season, the director explores the extreme psychological forces that propel the lovers into uncharted waters.
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.
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.