Nightly Opera Streams, April 12–18
Once Upon a Time
Wicked witches, fairy godmothers, and storybook princesses cast their spell in this week of fairy tale–inspired operas. 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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Wicked witches, fairy godmothers, and storybook princesses cast their spell in the next week of free Nightly Opera Streams. Learn about all of the fairy tale–inspired operas with this guide.
View the Playbills from the original performance dates for each stream, including synopses, program notes, and more.
Director Mariusz Trelinski discusses the connections his intriguing double-bill production makes between the complicated heroines of Tchaikovsky’s Iolanta and Bartók’s Bluebeard's Castle.
Aria Code: Rossini’s La Cenerentola
Cecilia Bartoli is heard in this week’s streams in the title role of La Cenerentola. But in this episode of our Aria Code podcast, another celebrated exponent of the role, mezzo-soprano Joyce DiDonato, and Rhiannon Giddens discuss the title character's aria “Naqui all'affanno ... Non più mesta.”
The Lifespan of a Costume
Year in and year out, the 110 artisans in the Met costume shops are responsible for clothing the multitudes that fill the stage night after night—from Chinese ministers to Russian aristocrats to the humble inhabitants of Catfish Row.
Mystery! Music! Magic!
Tony Award–winning director Julie Taymor discusses her spectacular production of Mozart’s The Magic Flute, which has had more than 100 performances at the Met.
Rallying the Troops
Take a look behind the scenes at how the Met’s stage managers, the company’s backstage generals, marshal the vast theatrical forces required for Franco Zeffirelli’s grand staging of Puccini’s Turandot.
Stephanie Blythe Discusses Cendrillon
Last spring mezzo-soprano Stephanie Blythe joined Executive Stage Director Paula Suozzi and Assistant Director Peter McClintock for a virtual conversation about Cendrillon and took questions about the opera from students.
Breaking the Surface
In the Met’s 2017 production of Dvořák’s Rusalka, director Mary Zimmerman explored powerful, universal questions by diving below the opera’s fairy-tale veneer.
Light and Shadow
In his 2015 production of Tchaikovsky’s Iolanta and Bartók’s Bluebeard’s Castle, starring Anna Netrebko and Nadja Michael, director Mariusz Treliński explored the darker side of a pair of fairy tales with complicated women at the center.
Spirit of Radio
For almost 90 years, millions of listeners have tuned in to the Met’s Saturday Matinee Radio Broadcasts, beginning with a 1931 performance of Hänsel und Gretel. Explore some of the noteworthy events in the annals of the longest-running continuous classical music program in American broadcast history.
Beloved mezzo-soprano Rosalind Elias, who passed away in May 2020, plays the Witch in this week’s stream of Humperdinck’s Hansel and Gretel.
From the Archives: Czech Opera at the Met
Works by three leading Czech composers—Bedřich Smetana, Antonín Dvořák, and Leoš Janáček—have gained increasing popularity at the Metropolitan.
Cendrillon Illustrated Synopsis
Follow along with this week’s stream of Cendrillon with a graphic-novel version of the synopsis—perfect for young opera lovers.
Turandot: In Focus
In ancient China, a princess tests the worthiness of her suitors by posing a series of riddles—killing those who answer incorrectly—until a brave warrior proves he’s up to the challenge. Learn more about Puccini’s Turandot with our In Focus podcast.
French Opera at the Met
Drawn from every era of operatic composition, from the Baroque to the modern day, a wide array of enthralling French works have appeared on the Met stage.
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.
From the Archives: Humperdinck at the Met
While Engelbert Humperdinck was only the second composer to have a world premiere of one of his operas given by the company, only his fanciful Hansel and Gretel has remained a mainstay on the Met stage.
Aria Code: Mozart’s Die Zauberflöte
Dive into the details of the Queen of the Night’s iconic rage aria “Der Hölle Rache” with soprano Kathryn Lewek and host Rhiannon Giddens in this episode of our Aria Code podcast, a collaboration with WQXR.
Mr. and Mrs. Charming
Live in HD host Deborah Voigt asks Joyce DiDonato and Juan Diego Flórez how they mastered the florid bel canto style of La Cenerentola, Rossini’s effervescent take on the Cinderella story.
From the Archives: Turandot at the Met
Arriving at the Met seven months after its world premiere, Puccini’s Turandot has long been a showcase for some of opera’s most exciting artists appearing in equally spectacular stagings.
Creativity and Craftsmanship
A behind-the-scenes look at the vision and skill required to create the costumes for Mary Zimmerman’s fantastical new production of Rusalka, with costume designer Mara Blumenfeld, Met costume shop head Elissa Iberti, and Live in HD host Ailyn Pérez.
Summer Camp Career Corner: Mary Zimmerman
As part of the 2020 Global Summer Camp, actor and playwright Susan Blackwell spoke to Mary Zimmerman about directing Dvořák's Rusalka at the Met in 2017.
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 Cilea’s Adriana Lecouvreur.
Holding onto Hope
Celebrated mezzo-soprano Joyce DiDonato, who stars in Massenet’s Cendrillon, explains how this French take on the Cinderella story sparks joy in Laurent Pelly’s storybook production.
Monday, April 12
Starring Kathleen Kim, Joyce DiDonato, Alice Coote, Stephanie Blythe, and Laurent Naouri, conducted by Bertrand de Billy. Production by Laurent Pelly. From April 28, 2018.
Tuesday, April 13
Tchaikovsky’s Iolanta / Bartók’s Bluebeard’s Castle
Starring Anna Netrebko and Piotr Beczała in Iolanta, and Nadja Michael and Mikhail Petrenko in Bluebeard’s Castle, conducted by Valery Gergiev. Production by Mariusz Treliński. From February 14, 2015.
Wednesday, April 14
Mozart’s Die Zauberflöte
Starring Golda Schultz, Kathryn Lewek, Charles Castronovo, Markus Werba, and René Pape, conducted by James Levine. Production by Julie Taymor. From October 14, 2017.
Thursday, April 15
Humperdinck’s Hansel and Gretel
Starring Judith Blegen, Frederica von Stade, Jean Kraft, Rosalind Elias, and Michael Devlin, conducted by Thomas Fulton. Production by Nathaniel Merrill. From December 25, 1982.
Friday, April 16
Starring Kristine Opolais, Katarina Dalayman, Jamie Barton, Brandon Jovanovich, and Eric Owens, conducted by Sir Mark Elder. Production by Mary Zimmerman. From February 25, 2017.
Sunday, April 18
Rossini’s La Cenerentola
Starring Joyce DiDonato, Juan Diego Flórez, Pietro Spagnoli, Alessandro Corbelli, and Luca Pisaroni, conducted by Fabio Luisi. Production by Cesare Lievi. From May 10, 2014