Nightly Opera Streams, November 16–22
This week, we celebrate the Met’s beloved Music Director, Yannick Nézet-Séguin, with seven of the maestro’s most exciting appearances in our Live in HD series. 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 celebrates Met Music Director Yannick Nézet-Séguin, with seven of the maestro’s most exciting appearances in our Live in HD series. Learn more about the full lineup with this guide.
View the Playbills from the original performance dates for each stream, including synopses, program notes, and more.
Since his 2009 debut, Yannick Nézet-Séguin has become one of the Met’s most popular and accomplished artists, beloved by audiences, singers, orchestra musicians, and staff for his superior musical gifts and all-around good vibes. And with the start of the 2018–19 season, he became a central part of the company, taking on the role of the company's Music Director.
A New Traviata for the Met
This short documentary takes you behind the scenes as Met Music Director Yannick Nézet-Séguin works with soprano Diana Damrau and the Met Orchestra to prepare a new production of La Traviata, which opened in December 2018.
Making a Murderer
Swedish baritone Peter Mattei, one of opera’s great singing actors, added another chapter to his Met legacy in 2019 with his role debut as the title character of Berg’s Wozzeck.
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.
Yannick Nézet-Séguin, Roberto Alagna, and Peter Gelb in Conversation
In April, Met Music Director Yannick Nézet-Séguin and tenor Roberto Alagna joined General Manager Peter Gelb for a virtual panel discussion about Verdi’s Don Carlo and their personal and musical lives during the pandemic.
Working from Home
A highlight of last spring’s At-Home Gala, the Met Orchestra and Chorus came together through nearly 100 individually recorded videos to perform “Va, pensiero” from Verdi’s Nabucco, conducted by Yannick Nézet-Séguin.
From the Archives: Czech Opera at the Met
Works by three leading Czech composers—Bedřich Smetana, Antonín Dvořák, and Leoš Janáček—have gained increasing popularity at the Metropolitan, including Rusalka, which streams this week.
Aria Code: Puccini’s Turandot
Dive into the details of Turandot’s fearsome “In questa reggia” with Christine Goerke and host Rhiannon Giddens in this episode of our Aria Code podcast, a collaboration with WQXR.
Becoming a Water Nymph
Renée Fleming, one of the most celebrated exponents of the title role of Dvořák’s Rusalka, discusses the impact the lonely water sprite has had on her career in this 2014 Live in HD interview with host Susan Graham.
South African artist and director William Kentridge has been responsible for three of the Met’s most thought-provoking productions in recent years—including the company’s first new staging of Berg’s Wozzeck in more than 20 years.
Friend of the Devil
In the Met’s 2011 production of Gounod’s Faust, which starred Jonas Kaufmann, director Des McAnuff reimagined the classic legend with a dreamlike staging set in the first half of the 20th century.
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.
Rallying the Troops
Take a look behind the scenes at how the Met’s stage managers, the company’s backstage generals, marshal the vast theatrical forces required for Franco Zeffirelli’s grand staging of Puccini’s Turandot.
Wozzeck: In Focus
An ordinary soldier is driven to madness and murder by an intolerable cocktail of humiliation, jealousy, and the indignities of daily life. Learn more about Berg's Wozzeck with our In Focus podcast.
At the beginning of a 2020 rehearsal for a run of Massenet’s Werther that was sadly canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the cast and Met Orchestra gave Maestro Nézet-Séguin a special birthday surprise.
Verdi at the Met
The operas of Giuseppe Verdi have been performed around 5,700 times at the Metropolitan Opera, more than those of any other composer by a wide margin.
Song to Rusalka
As he prepared to take the podium for the 2014 revival of Rusalka, Yannick Nézet-Séguin discussed his love for Dvořák’s dark fairy-tale opera.
The Lifespan of a Costume
Year in and year out, the 110 artisans in the Met costume shops are responsible for clothing the multitudes that fill the stage night after night—from Chinese ministers to Russian aristocrats to the humble inhabitants of Catfish Row.
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.
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.
From the Archives: Turandot at the Met
Arriving at the Met seven months after its world premiere, Puccini’s Turandot has long been a showcase for some of opera’s most exciting artists appearing in equally spectacular stagings.
Verdi’s La Traviata was first presented by the nascent Metropolitan Opera Company during the third week of its inaugural season in 1883. Since then, the opera has appeared more than 1,000 times, starring more than 100 different sopranos as Violetta.
Sympathy for the Devil
Tony Award–winning director Des McAnuff discusses his dreamlike, 20th-century staging of Faust, Gounod’s classic operatic take on the elderly scholar who sells his soul in return for eternal youth.
Aria Code: La Traviata
On this episode of our Aria Code podcast, soprano Diana Damrau discusses portraying one of opera’s most complex heroines, Violetta in Verdi’s tragic La Traviata.
Peter Mattei and Elza van den Heever, as Wozzeck and Marie, rehearse with Music Director Yannick Nézet-Séguin and the Met Orchestra shortly before the premiere of William Kentridge’s new production this past winter.
Yannick Nézet-Séguin on La Traviata
Met Music Director Yannick Nézet-Séguin talks about what makes Verdi’s La Traviata—with its mixture of intimacy and grandeur—a “perfect” opera for him.
Checking in with Yannick
In advance of his second season as Met Music Director—which saw him lead performances of Berg’s Wozzeck and Puccini’s Turandot—Yannick Nézet-Séguin spoke about adding these 20th-century masterpieces to his company repertoire.
Monday, November 16
Verdi’s Don Carlo
Starring Marina Poplavskaya, Roberto Alagna, Simon Keenlyside, and Ferruccio Furlanetto, conducted by Yannick Nézet-Séguin. From December 11, 2010.
Tuesday, November 17
Starring Marina Poplavskaya, Jonas Kaufmann, and René Pape, conducted by Yannick Nézet-Séguin. From December 10, 2011.
Wednesday, November 18
Starring Renée Fleming, Emily Magee, Dolora Zajick, Piotr Beczała, and John Relyea, conducted by Yannick Nézet-Séguin. From February 8, 2014.
Thursday, November 19
Verdi’s La Traviata
Starring Diana Damrau, Juan Diego Flórez, and Quinn Kelsey, conducted by Yannick Nézet-Séguin. From December 15, 2018.
Friday, November 20
Poulenc’s Dialogues des Carmélites
Starring Isabel Leonard, Adrianne Pieczonka, and Karita Mattila, conducted by Yannick Nézet-Séguin. From May 11, 2019.
Saturday, November 21
Starring Christine Goerke, Eleonora Buratto, Yusif Eyvazov, and James Morris, conducted by Yannick Nézet-Séguin. From October 12, 2019.
Sunday, November 22
Starring Elza van den Heever, Tamara Mumford, Christopher Ventris, Gerhard Siegel, Andrew Staples, Peter Mattei, and Christian Van Horn, conducted by Yannick Nézet-Séguin. From January 11, 2020.