Nightly Opera Streams, January 11–17
Renée Fleming Week
All this week, we’re celebrating the inimitable artistry of soprano Renée Fleming, with free streams of some of her most memorable Met portrayals—from the Countess in Le Nozze di Figaro (the role of her company debut) to the Marschallin in Der Rosenkavalier and the title heroines of Armida, Rodelinda, and Rusalka. 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, we pay tribute to the extraordinary Renée Fleming, with free streams of some of her most memorable Met performances. Explore the full lineup with this helpful guide.
View the Playbills from the original performance dates for each stream, including synopses, program notes, and more.
Renée Fleming: Live in HD Highlights
Take a look back at some of Renée Fleming’s most powerful appearances in the company’s The Met: Live in HD series.
Aria Code: Strauss’s Der Rosenkavalier
Dive into the details of the Marschallin’s monologue on the passing of time with Renée Fleming and host Rhiannon Giddens in this episode of our Aria Code podcast, a collaboration with WQXR.
Music and Lyrics
As she prepared to star as Countess Madeleine in a revival of Strauss’s Capriccio in 2011, Renée Fleming discussed why she loves singing the composer’s music.
From the Archives: Thaïs at the Met
Something of a rarity on the Met stage, Massenet’s Thaïs features one of opera’s most alluring and show-stopping heroines—it is a role that has been assumed by some of history’s most celebrated divas.
Thaïs is “a great star,” says Renée Fleming, who brought Massenet’s beguiling heroine to the Met stage in 2008.
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.
A Return to Rodelinda
As she prepared to reprise her portrayal of the title heroine of Handel’s dramatic opera, soprano Renée Fleming explained why the composer continues to seize audiences’ imaginations.
Casting a Spell
As Rossini’s raging sorceress Armida, soprano Renée Fleming conjured her lustrous vocal powers in Mary Zimmerman’s 2010 Met-premiere production.
From the Archives: Le Nozze di Figaro at the Met
Though a rarity on the Met stage in the company’s early decades, Mozart’s masterpiece of comedy and social commentary has been a cornerstone of the Met repertory for the past 80 years, brought to life by a parade of great singers and conductors.
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.
In this poignant moment from last April’s At-Home Gala, Met concertmaster David Chan and Music Director Yannick Nézet-Séguin perform the celebrated Méditation from Massenet’s Thaïs.
In the Met’s 1998 telecast of Mozart’s Le Nozze di Figaro, mezzo-soprano Cecilia Bartoli interpolated two of Mozart’s rarely heard alternate arias into her performance as the scheming maid Susanna. Listen to her jaunty rendition of “Un moto di gioia” in Act II.
Handel at the Met
While the company hadn’t presented an opera by Handel before 1984, in recent years, the composer’s works have appeared with increasing frequency on the Met stage.
Monday, January 11
Mozart’s Le Nozze di Figaro
Starring Renée Fleming, Cecilia Bartoli, Susanne Mentzer, Dwayne Croft, and Bryn Terfel, conducted by James Levine. From November 11, 1998.
Tuesday, January 12
Starring Renée Fleming, Michael Schade, and Thomas Hampson, conducted by Jesús López-Cobos. From December 20, 2008.
Wednesday, January 13
Strauss’s Der Rosenkavalier
Starring Renée Fleming, Christine Schäfer, Susan Graham, Eric Cutler, Thomas Allen, and Kristinn Sigmundsson, conducted by Edo de Waart. From January 9, 2010.
Thursday, January 14
Starring Renée Fleming, Lawrence Brownlee, Barry Banks, John Osborn, and Kobie van Rensburg, conducted by Riccardo Frizza. From May 1, 2010.
Friday, January 15
Starring Renée Fleming, Sarah Connolly, Joseph Kaiser, Russell Braun, Morten Frank Larsen, and Peter Rose, conducted by Sir Andrew Davis. From April 23, 2011.
Saturday, January 16
Starring Renée Fleming, Stephanie Blythe, Andreas Scholl, Iestyn Davies, Joseph Kaiser, and Shenyang, conducted by Harry Bicket. From December 3, 2011.
Sunday, January 17
Starring Renée Fleming, Emily Magee, Dolora Zajick, Piotr Beczala, and John Relyea, conducted by Yannick Nézet-Séguin. From February 8, 2014.