Nightly Opera Streams, March 22–28
Myths and Legends
From ancient Greece to steamy Seville to a ghoulish ship on the high seas, this week of free Nightly Opera Streams draws from the annals of myth and legend. 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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From ancient Greece to steamy Seville to a ghoulish ship on the high seas, the next week of free streams draws from the annals of myth and legend. Explore the thrilling lineup.
View the Playbills from the original performance dates for each stream, including synopses, program notes, and more.
In 1982, legendary tenor Luciano Pavarotti sang the title role of Idomeneo in its Met premiere, the only Mozart opera he ever sang with the company. Here he sings the Act II aria "Fuor del mar."
Gluck’s Orfeo ed Euridice at the Met
The Greek Orpheus myth has served as a subject for a number of operatic adaptations, including Gluck’s elegant Orfeo ed Euridice, whose history at the Met stretches back to the company’s earliest seasons.
Gluck’s Iphigénie en Tauride demands a sensitive and charismatic singing actor for its heroine. Enter Susan Graham, who took on the title role in Stephen Wadsworth’s powerful staging.
The Stuff of Legend
Goethe’s seminal Faust has inspired a number of operatic masterpieces, including Berlioz’s towering La Damnation de Faust, which reappeared on the Met stage in 2008 after more than a century.
Der Fliegende Holländer: In Focus
A spectral sea captain, cursed to wander the open ocean for eternity—unless the true love of a woman can save him. Learn more about Wagner’s Der Fliegende Holländer with our In Focus podcast.
Love Conquers All
Joyce DiDonato speaks with director and choreographer Mark Morris about his elegant staging of Gluck’s Orfeo ed Euridice, in which a chorus of historic characters bears witness to the transformative power of love.
With its deep Freudian undercurrents, Strauss’s incendiary Elektra, inspired by Greek myth, is as modern now as it was at its premiere more than a century ago.
The Greatest Showman
Few artists have had a greater impact on Met history than Franco Zeffirelli, the beloved director and designer who died in 2019.
Mozart’s Idomeneo at the Met
After languishing in obscurity for some 200 years, Mozart’s early masterpiece finally assumed its rightful place in the repertory in the late 20th century, including at the Met, where it has enjoyed numerous successful runs with outstanding casts.
Setting sail in March 2020, François Girard’s evocative new production of Der Fliegende Holländer explores the mystical nature of the opera and the power of images to consume us.
Love Means Letting Go
In this excerpt from the final act of Gluck’s Iphigénie en Tauride, mezzo-soprano Susan Graham, as a mythical Greek priestess, cries out to the goddess Diana to help her make a dreaded sacrifice.
All in the Family
Patrice Chéreau’s humanistic 2016 Met production of Strauss’s Elektra—featuring the great Nina Stemme in the title role—revealed the psychological depth and family drama at the heart of a work that is much more than a simple, violent tale of revenge.
From the Archives: Berlioz at the Met
The works of French master Hector Berlioz have appeared with increasing frequency at the Met in the last half century, with all but one of his remarkable operas having been staged by the company.
Weaving the Net of Destiny
In an early rehearsal for François Girard’s striking new production of Der Fliegende Holländer, soprano Anja Kampe is joined by choristers and dancers to weave what the director calls “the net of destiny.”
From the Archives: Elektra at the Met
Strauss’s overwhelming one-act opera has a limited but distinguished history at the Met, thanks largely to a series of great artists on the podium and in the title role.
As she prepared to bring the “father of music” to the Met stage, mezzo-soprano Stephanie Blythe discussed starring in Mark Morris’s spirited—and spirit-filled—production.
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.
“Between Two Worlds”
As he prepared to conduct Patrice Chéreau’s explosive staging of Elektra in 2016, Esa-Pekka Salonen explained how Strauss’s liminal 20th-century masterpiece blends musical styles.
Before the 2008 premiere of his production of La Damnation de Faust, the visionary director Robert Lepage discussed his approach to staging Berlioz’s grand “dramatic legend.”
A Tribute to Marcello Giordani
Marcello Giordani, who passed away in October 2019 and is featured in this week’s stream of Berlioz’s La Damnation de Faust, was one of the Met’s brightest star tenors in recent decades.
Wagner at the Met
Learn about the storied history of Wagner’s operas at the Met, from the house’s opening season in 1883 to the present day.
When conceiving his vibrant staging of Gluck’s Orfeo ed Euridice, director and choreographer Mark Morris envisioned the nearly 100-member chorus as witnesses from history.
Wednesday, March 24
Gluck’s Iphigénie en Tauride
Starring Susan Graham, Plácido Domingo, Paul Groves, and Gordon Hawkins, conducted by Patrick Summers. Production by Stephen Wadsworth. From February 26, 2011.
Friday, March 26
Starring Hildegard Behrens, Ileana Cotrubas, Frederica von Stade, Luciano Pavarotti, and John Alexander, conducted by James Levine. Production by Jean-Pierre Ponnelle. From November 6, 1982.
Saturday, March 27
Mozart’s Don Giovanni
Starring Renée Fleming, Solveig Kringelborn, Hei-Kyung Hong, Paul Groves, Bryn Terfel, Ferruccio Furlanetto, and Sergei Koptchak, conducted by James Levine. Production by Franco Zeffirelli. From October 14, 2000.
Sunday, March 28
Wagner’s Der Fliegende Holländer
Starring Anja Kampe, Mihoko Fujimura, Sergey Skorokhodov, David Portillo, Evgeny Nikitin, and Franz-Josef Selig, conducted by Valery Gergiev. Production by François Girard. From March 10, 2020.