Nightly Opera Streams, February 22–28
Dmitri Hvorostovsky Week
This week of free streams pays tribute to Dmitri Hvorostovsky, the beloved Russian baritone who passed away in 2017. Celebrate his extraordinary career with some of his most riveting Met appearances, and 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 Nightly Opera Streams pays tributes to Dmitri Hvorostovsky, the beloved Russian baritone who passed away tragically in 2017. Celebrate his extraordinary career with seven of his most riveting Met appearances. Explore the full lineup with this guide to the week.
View the Playbills from the original performance dates for each stream, including synopses, program notes, and more.
Remembering Dmitri Hvorostovsky
The extraordinary and beloved Russian baritone Dmitri Hvorostovsky, who died in 2017, is honored in this week’s streams. Learn more about his celebrated Met career and watch highlights from all of his Live in HD performances.
Behind the Scenes of Eugene Onegin
Orchestra and stage rehearsals, costume fittings, and conversations with the all-star cast: Go backstage with Dmitri Hvorostovsky, Renée Fleming, and conductor Valery Gergiev as they prepare for the 2007 performances of Tchaikovsky’s Eugene Onegin.
Dmitri Hvorostovsky Playlist
This week, an audio playlist featuring excerpts from some of Hvorostovsky’s outstanding Met radio-broadcast performances is available for free listening on Met Opera on Demand.
Offering access to more than 700 complete performances of more than 150 operas, Met Opera on Demand allows subscribers to sift through 85 years of company history—including a dozen performances of La Traviata, one of which streams this week.
From the Archives: Eugene Onegin at the Met
Tchaikovsky’s romantic adaptation of Pushkin got a slow start at the Metropolitan, but, especially in recent decades, it has become the most popular Russian opera in the company’s repertoire.
Light and Dark
With his 2012 production of Un Ballo in Maschera, set in a cinematic Swedish atmosphere, director David Alden aimed to integrate the stylistic paradoxes of Verdi’s endlessly intriguing opera.
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.
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.
Meet Ms. Meade
It seems only yesterday that Angela Meade was a voice student competing in the Met’s National Council Auditions. Now she’s one of opera’s most celebrated stars. The genial diva discusses her rise to the top ranks of the world’s sopranos.
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.
Into the Fire
In Sir David McVicar’s 2009 staging, Verdi’s Il Trovatore reclaimed its place as a dramatic—not just musical—masterwork.
Throwing herself wholly into every role she played, French soprano Natalie Dessay was one of the Met’s most magnetic artists for nearly two decades.
La Traviata: In Focus
Love, heartbreak, and death: a classic tragedy and a classic opera. Learn more about Verdi’s La Traviata with our In Focus podcast
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 February 26 stream of La Traviata, which will be available until February 27 at 12PM ET. The February 27 stream of Un Ballo in Maschera will begin at the normally scheduled 7:30PM ET.
Monday, February 22
Verdi’s Il Trovatore
Starring Sondra Radvanovsky, Dolora Zajick, Marcelo Álvarez, and Dmitri Hvorostovsky, conducted by Marco Armiliato. Production by Sir David McVicar. From April 30, 2011.
Tuesday, February 23
Tchaikovsky’s The Queen of Spades
Starring Galina Gorchakova, Elisabeth Söderström, Plácido Domingo, Dmitri Hvorostovsky, and Nikolai Putilin, conducted by Valery Gergiev. Production by Elijah Moshinsky. From April 15, 1999.
Thursday, February 25
Starring Angela Meade, Marcello Giordani, Dmitri Hvorostovsky, and Ferruccio Furlanetto, conducted by Marco Armiliato. Production by Pier Luigi Samaritani. From February 25, 2012.
Saturday, February 27
Verdi’s Un Ballo in Maschera
Starring Sondra Radvanovsky, Kathleen Kim, Stephanie Blythe, Marcelo Álvarez, and Dmitri Hvorostovsky, conducted by Fabio Luisi. Production by David Alden. From December 8, 2012.
Sunday, February 28
Verdi’s Il Trovatore
Starring Anna Netrebko, Dolora Zajick, Yonghoon Lee, and Dmitri Hvorostovsky, conducted by Marco Armiliato. Production by Sir David McVicar. From October 3, 2015.