Nightly Opera Streams, December 28–January 3
This week of free streams celebrates the great Luciano Pavarotti, one of the greatest singers of all time. Featuring seven of the beloved tenor’s most memorable performances—from the inaugural 1977 Live from the Met telecast of La Bohème to broadcasts of Un Ballo in Maschera and L’Elisir d’Amore from 1991—the lineup traces Pavarotti’s extraordinary Met career. Explore the articles and resources below to expand your knowledge and enhance your experience as you enjoy the screenings. A full schedule for the week is available at the bottom of this page.
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This week of free Nightly Opera Streams celebrates one of the greatest voices of all time, beloved Italian tenor Luciano Pavarotti. Explore the full lineup with this helpful sguide.
View the Playbills from the original performance dates for each stream, including synopses, program notes, and more.
From the Archives: Pavarotti at the Met
In the storied history of the Metropolitan Opera, Luciano Pavarotti holds a secure place as one of the company’s most celebrated tenors.
The Metropolitan Opera on Television
Take a look back at the history of the Met on TV, which extends all the way back to experimental broadcasts nearly 80 years ago.
Puccini’s operatic thrill ride Tosca features a fictional diva that’s one of the ultimate showcases for the real thing. But at a time when the term “diva” is thrown around seemingly willy-nilly, what exactly did the composer have in mind?
A Furtive Tear
The country bumpkin Nemorino in Donizetti’s L’Elisir d’Amore was one of Luciano Pavarotti’s most frequent and celebrated roles. Here he sings his mournful Act II aria in the 1991 telecast of the opera, streaming this week.
Celebrated soprano Kathleen Battle, who stars in this week’s streams of Strauss’s Ariadne auf Naxos and Mozart’s Le Nozze di Figaro, mesmerized Met audiences with the purity and beauty of her voice. Read about her career with the company.
The Tosca Timeline
The Met has presented nearly 1,000 performances of Puccini’s Tosca, starting with the work’s U.S. premiere in 1901. Explore the opera’s fascinating history at the Met.
Giant Among Giants
Learn about the Met career of great American baritone Cornell MacNeil, one of the great singers of the second half of the 20th century, who stars in this week’s stream of Zandonai’s Francesca da Rimini.
The great Italian tenor Luciano Pavarotti sings the Act II aria “Odi il voto” in the 1983 telecast of Verdi’s Ernani, streaming this week.
Celebrating Renata Scotto
In more than 300 Met performances, great Italian soprano Renata Scotto, who sings Mimì in this week’s stream of Puccini’s La Bohème, riveted audiences with her idiomatic singing and powerful acting.
Aria Code: Rigoletto
In this podcast episode, soprano Nadine Sierra and host Rhiannon Giddens discuss the overwhelming emotions of young love and dive into the details of Gilda’s breathtaking Act I aria, “Caro nome.”
Master of the House
With a 51-year Met career including nearly 1,700 performances, bass Paul Plishka is one of the company’s most beloved artists.
One of opera’s greatest voices, Dolora Zajick has delivered knockout Met performances of many of the repertory’s most dramatic mezzo-soprano roles over the past three decades.
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.
Each stream becomes available at 7:30PM ET and remains accessible for on-demand viewing until 6:30PM ET the following day, with the exception of the December 30 stream of Rigoletto, which will be available until December 31 at 3PM ET. The December 31 stream of Ernani will begin at the normally scheduled 7:30PM ET.