Nightly Opera Streams, April 6–12
Our free Nightly Opera Streams continue with a week of performances that show off opera at its most thrilling, thought-provoking, and uplifting. Explore the articles and resources below to expand your knowledge and enhance your experience as you enjoy the streams. A full schedule for the week is available at the bottom of this page.
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This week of Nightly Opera Streams offers a diverse tasting of operatic flavors. The following guide will help prepare you for the entire menu.
View the Playbills from the original performance dates for each stream, including synopses, program notes, and more
Così fan tutte: Panel Discussion
In advance of the April 12 free Nightly Opera Stream of Mozart’s Così fan tutte, General Manager Peter Gelb, soprano Kelli O’Hara, and baritone Christopher Maltman gathered for a virtual panel discussion.
Aida: In Focus
An epic Egyptian backdrop. An intimate love story. Some of Verdi’s most stirring melodies and ensembles. Learn more about Aida with our In Focus podcast.
Ambrogio Maestri Talks Food and Falstaff
An avid cook as well as a leading baritone, Ambrogio Maestri showed Renée Fleming how he rustles up his signature Risotto Salsiccia e Funghi and discussed singing the title role of Falstaff during the 2013 Live in HD transmission.
From the Archives: Aida at the Met
Verdi’s grandest opera has also been one of the most frequently performed in the Met’s repertory for the entire history of the company. Learn about some of the notable stars and productions that have brought ancient Egypt to life on the Met stage over the years.
A Walk on the Wild Side
In Phelim McDermott’s production of Così fan tutte, the cast shares the Met stage with sword swallowers, fire-eaters, and a live Burmese python. Set in a carnival fairground inspired by 1950s Coney Island, the director’s imaginative staging explores love, temptation, betrayal, and reconciliation amid the spectacle of the sideshow.
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.
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.
Verdi’s final masterpiece, Falstaff—with its quicksilver ensembles and vivid characterizations—is a celebration of living in the moment, says director Robert Carsen, who brought a new production of the opera to the Met in 2013.
From the Archives: Roméo et Juliette at the Met
From an early vogue in the 1890s to a revival of popularity in recent decades, learn about the Met history of Gounod’s soaring Shakespeare adaptation.
Step Right Up!
Meet the talented troupe of performers, straight off the Coney Island midway, who bring authentic sideshow flair to Phelim McDermott’s production of Mozart’s Così fan tutte.
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.
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.
A Tribute to Marcello Giordani
Marcello Giordani, who passed away in October 2019 and is featured in this week’s free stream of Zandonai’s Francesca da Rimini, was one of the Met’s brightest star tenors in recent decades.
Phelim McDermott Brings Coney Island to Così fan tutte
Phelim McDermott discusses his madcap, Coney Island–inspired production of Mozart's Così fan tutte, conducted by David Robertson and starring Kelli O’Hara and Christopher Maltman.
King of Comedy
Otto Schenk’s 2006 staging of Donizetti’s bel canto gem Don Pasquale is a dazzling display of comedic prowess from a director better known at the Met for his work in heavier repertoire.
No Ordinary Love
Shakespeare by way of Gounod makes for a decadent, action-packed, and transcendent Roméo et Juliette, says Bartlett Sher. During the 2016–17 season, the Tony Award–winning director unveiled a new production of this sumptuous French opera.
Monday, April 6
Monday, April 6
Starring Anna Netrebko, Anita Rachvelishvili, Aleksandrs Antonenko, Quinn Kelsey, Dmitry Belosselskiy, and Ryan Speedo Green, conducted by Nicola Luisotti. From October 6, 2018.
Tuesday, April 7
Puccini’s La Fanciulla del West
Starring Deborah Voigt, Marcello Giordani, and Lucio Gallo, conducted by Nicola Luisotti. From January 8, 2011.
Wednesday, April 8
Starring Lisette Oropesa, Angela Meade, Stephanie Blythe, Jennifer Johnson Cano, Paolo Fanale, Ambrogio Maestri, and Franco Vassallo, conducted by James Levine. From December 14, 2013.
Thursday, April 9
Starring Katarina Dalayman, Jonas Kaufmann, Peter Mattei, Evgeny Nikitin, and René Pape, conducted by Daniele Gatti. From March 2, 2013.
Friday, April 10
Gounod’s Roméo et Juliette
Starring Diana Damrau, Vittorio Grigolo, Elliot Madore, and Mikhail Petrenko, conducted by Gianandrea Noseda. From January 21, 2017.
Saturday, April 11
Donizetti’s Don Pasquale
Starring Anna Netrebko, Matthew Polenzani, Mariusz Kwiecien, and John Del Carlo, conducted by James Levine. From November 13, 2010.
Sunday, April 12
Mozart’s Così fan tutte
Starring Amanda Majeski, Serena Malfi, Kelli O’Hara, Ben Bliss, Adam Plachetka, and Christopher Maltman, conducted by David Robertson. From March 31, 2018.