Nightly Opera Streams, November 9–15
A Two-Week Tour of Opera History, Part II
From Tchaikovsky to Adès
The second half of our opera history tour spans some 125 years, from the late Romanticism of Tchaikovsky to a 2016 surrealist masterpiece by Thomas Adès. Explore the articles and resources below to learn more and plot your course for the journey through time. A full schedule for the week is available at the bottom of this page.
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Tour Guide, Part II
Our tour through opera history concludes with eight operas spanning some 125 years from the late 19th century to the present day, a time period during which the evolutionary progress of musical style branched off in many different fascinating directions. This tour guide will help you navigate the lineup.
To learn more about the historical context and musical details of this week’s operas, read the below program notes for all seven productions.
Salome: Discussion with Karita Mattila
This past May, General Manager Peter Gelb spoke with soprano Karita Mattila about her experience singing the fearsome title role of Strauss’s Salome.
Thomas Adès and His Angel
Live in HD host Nadine Sierra chats backstage with composer Thomas Adès about his stunning and surreal opera The Exterminating Angel, along with two of the production’s stars, Amanda Echalaz and Joseph Kaiser.
Here Comes the Sun
The 2019–20 season saw the company premiere of Philip Glass’s transcendental Akhnaten, which starred countertenor Anthony Roth Costanzo as the enigmatic title pharaoh who radically transformed ancient Egyptian society.
Remembering Benjamin Britten
Friends and colleagues of the great English composer reflect on his incomparable musical legacy.
La Fanciulla del West: In Focus
A gun-slinging heroine. A romantic tale of the Wild West. The first great opera with an American setting. Learn more about Puccini’s La Fanciulla del West with our In Focus podcast.
Lulu in Rehearsal
Celebrated South African artist and director William Kentridge rehearses a scene from Berg’s Lulu with soprano Marlis Petersen, who sings the title role.
The Designs of Santo Loquasto
Set and costume designer Santo Loquasto, a longtime Broadway master and four-time Tony-winner, has created striking sets and costumes for four Met productions, including the staging of Salome being screened this week.
Akhnaten Grows in Brooklyn
Shortly before the Met premiere of Glass’s Akhnaten, its star Anthony Roth Costanzo joined with the Brooklyn Youth Chorus, Mannes Orchestra, and Gandini Juggling to perform excerpts at the Brooklyn Museum.
Light and Shadow
In his 2015 production of Tchaikovsky’s Iolanta and Bartók’s Bluebeard’s Castle, starring Anna Netrebko and Nadja Michael, director Mariusz Treliński explored the darker side of a pair of fairy tales with complicated women at the center.
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 free stream of Tchaikovsky’s Iolanta.
La Fanciulla del West in Conversation
Tenor Tony Stevenson and fight director B. H. Barry recently joined Executive Stage Director Paula Suozzi for a virtual discussion about La Fanciulla del West and took questions about the opera from students.
When searching for an instrument to give voice to the imprisoning force that traps a group of chic dinner guests in The Exterminating Angel, composer Thomas Adès settled upon an early electronic instrument from the 1920s.
A Tribute to Marcello Giordani
Marcello Giordani, who passed away in October 2019 and is featured in this week’s stream of Puccini’s La Fanciulla del West, was one of the Met’s brightest star tenors in recent decades.
From the Archives: Salome at the Met
An opera that was born in scandal and makes sensation its stock and trade has enjoyed a fittingly tumultuous and exciting history at the Metropolitan, from its notorious premiere in 1907 to the spectacular 2008 performance being streamed this week.
Angel in America
Thomas Adès’s brilliant new opera The Exterminating Angel received its highly anticipated North American premiere at the Met following acclaimed runs in Salzburg and London. The production, directed by Tom Cairns, embraced the mesmerizing weirdness of the opera.
Music in the Air
One of the most memorable aspects of Phelim McDermott’s production of Akhnaten, created in collaboration with the pioneering theater group Improbable, is its incorporation of mesmerizing juggling, designed by choreographer and juggling master Sean Gandini, which seems to make Philip Glass’s music appear before your very eyes.
Object of Desire
The heroine of Berg’s Lulu captivates all who cross her path. In his 2015 new production of the opera, artists and director William Kentridge explored why all attempts to tame this so-called snake are doomed to fail.
In his 2008 production of Britten’s Peter Grimes, director John Doyle examines one of opera’s most intriguing outcasts and the community that judges him.
Monday, November 9
Tchaikovsky’s Iolanta / Bartók’s Bluebeard’s Castle
Starring Anna Netrebko and Piotr Beczała in Iolanta, and Nadja Michael and Mikhail Petrenko in Bluebeard’s Castle, conducted by Valery Gergiev. From February 14, 2015.
Tuesday, November 10
Starring Karita Mattila, Ildikó Komlósi, Kim Begley, Joseph Kaiser, and Juha Uusitalo, conducted by Patrick Summers. From October 11, 2008.
Wednesday, November 11
Puccini’s La Fanciulla del West
Starring Deborah Voigt, Marcello Giordani, and Lucio Gallo, conducted by Nicola Luisotti. From January 8, 2011.
Thursday, November 12
Starring Marlis Petersen, Susan Graham, Daniel Brenna, Paul Groves, Johan Reuter, and Franz Grundheber, conducted by Lothar Koenigs. From November 21, 2015.
Friday, November 13
Britten’s Peter Grimes
Starring Patricia Racette, Anthony Dean Griffey, and Anthony Michaels-Moore, conducted by Donald Runnicles. From March 15, 2008.
Saturday, November 14
Philip Glass’s Akhnaten
Starring Dísella Lárusdóttir, J'Nai Bridges, Anthony Roth Costanzo, Aaron Blake, Will Liverman, Richard Bernstein, and Zachary James, conducted by Karen Kamensek. From November 23, 2019.
Sunday, November 15
Thomas Adès’s The Exterminating Angel
Starring Audrey Luna, Amanda Echalaz, Sally Matthews, Sophie Bevan, Alice Coote, Christine Rice, Iestyn Davies, Joseph Kaiser, Frédéric Antoun, David Portillo, David Adam Moore, Rod Gilfry, Kevin Burdette, Christian Van Horn, and John Tomlinson, conducted by Thomas Adès. From November 18, 2017.