Nightly Opera Streams, March 8–14
Hot-blooded passions and fiery face-offs abound in this week’s lineup of Italian operatic dramas. 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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Hot-blooded passions and fiery face-offs abound with the next week of Nightly Opera Streams. Explore the exhilarating lineup with this guide.
View the Playbills from the original performance dates for each stream, including synopses, program notes, and more.
Mirella Freni, 1935–2020
Last year, the Met family mourned the death of exceptional Italian soprano Mirella Freni, who stars in this week’s stream of Giordano’s Fedora.
Before headlining Sir David McVicar’s new production of Tosca, Sonya Yoncheva discussed the challenges and rewards of embodying Puccini’s “completely passionate” title diva.
From the Archives: Pavarotti at the Met
In the storied history of the Metropolitan Opera, Luciano Pavarotti, who stars in this week’s stream of Andrea Chénier, holds a secure place as one of the company’s most celebrated tenors.
Adriana Lecouvreur: In Focus
A passionate, larger-than-life stage actress vies with a conniving princess for the love of the same dashing count. Learn more about Cilea’s Adriana Lecouvreur with our In Focus podcast.
When in Rome
Sir David McVicar's production of Puccini’s classic melodrama Tosca transports audiences to the gritty, glittering, and gripping world of Rome in 1800.
Celebrating Renata Scotto
In more than 300 Met performances, great Italian soprano Renata Scotto, who stars in this week’s stream of Puccini’s Manon Lescaut, riveted audiences with her idiomatic singing and powerful acting.
From the Archives: Manon Lescaut at the Met
One of the repertory’s most glamorous operas has been matched by equally glamorous casts in more than 200 Met performances since its company premiere in 1907.
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?
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.
Both Sides Now
In his 2015 production of opera’s most popular double bill, Sir David McVicar emphasized the differences of Mascagni’s Cavalleria Rusticana and Leoncavallo’s Pagliacci, revealing new dimensions in each work in the process.
From the Archives: Francesca da Rimini at the Met
Despite rare appearances on the Met stage, Zandonai’s sweeping adaptation of Dante, Francesca da Rimini, has never failed to thrill audiences.
Two of a Kind
Take a look at some of the great Met tenors who have thrilled audiences with their signature portrayals of Turiddu in Cavalleria Rusticana and Canio in Pagliacci.
On New Year’s Eve 2018, Anna Netrebko took on the title role of Adriana Lecouvreur in Sir David McVicar’s new production, which embraced Cilea’s glamorous 18th-century Parisian setting while also mining for deeper artistic significance.
Eva-Maria Westbroek, who stars in Zandonai’s Dante-inspired Francesca da Rimini, speaks with Live in HD host Eric Owens about the work’s lush music and passion-filled plot.
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.
Superstar soprano Anna Netrebko has appeared in more Live in HD transmissions than any other principal artist. Watch highlights from a dozen of her roles, including this week’s stream of Tchaikovsky’s Iolanta.
David McVicar’s electrifying staging of Mascagni’s Cavalleria Rusticana and Leoncavallo’s Pagliacci, which premiered in 2014, gave new life to the beloved verismo pairing at the Met. Hear from the director about his fresh approach to the two operas.
Tuesday, March 9
Mascagni’s Cavalleria Rusticana and Leoncavallo’s Pagliacci
Starring Eva-Maria Westbroek, Marcelo Álvarez, and George Gagnidze; Patricia Racette, Marcelo Álvarez, George Gagnidze, and Lucas Meachem, conducted by Fabio Luisi. Production by Sir David McVicar. From April 25, 2015.
Wednesday, March 10
Cilea’s Adriana Lecouvreur
Starring Anna Netrebko, Anita Rachvelishvili, Piotr Beczała, and Ambrogio Maestri, conducted by Gianandrea Noseda. Production by Sir David McVicar. From January 12, 2019.
Thursday, March 11
Zandonai’s Francesca da Rimini
Starring Eva-Maria Westbroek, Marcello Giordani, Robert Brubaker, and Mark Delavan, conducted by Marco Armiliato. Production by Piero Faggioni. From March 16, 2013.
Friday, March 12
Starring Mirella Freni, Ainhoa Arteta, Plácido Domingo, Dwayne Croft, and Jean-Yves Thibaudet, conducted by Roberto Abbado. Production by Beppe De Tomasi. From April 26, 1997.
Saturday, March 13
Giordano’s Andrea Chénier
Starring Maria Guleghina, Wendy White, Stephanie Blythe, Luciano Pavarotti, and Juan Pons, conducted by James Levine. Production by Nicolas Joël. From October 15, 1996.