Nightly Opera Streams, April 20–26
Our free Nightly Opera Streams continue with a week of operas both scintillating and searing. Explore the articles and resources below to expand your knowledge and enhance your experience as you enjoy the streams. A full schedule for the week is available at the bottom of this page.
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From chilling psychodrama to effervescent comedy, this guide will help you make sense of this week’s captivating lineup of operas.
View the Playbills from the original performance dates for each stream, including synopses, program notes, and more.
The Merry Widow: Behind the Scenes
In this video, follow director and choreographer Susan Stroman as she works on Lehár’s witty, waltzing operetta, with commentary from Renée Fleming, Nathan Gunn, and Kelli O’Hara.
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.
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
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.
Aria Code: Rossini’s La Cenerentola
Mezzo-soprano Joyce DiDonato and host Rhiannon Giddens discuss the title character’s aria “Nacqui all’affanno … Non più mesta” in this episode of our Aria Code podcast, a collaboration with WQXR.
With his production of Les Contes d’Hoffmann, which opened during the 2009–10 season, director Bartlett Sher created a Kafkaesque new staging of Offenbach’s phantasmagorical masterpiece.
Before the 2016 premiere of Patrice Chéreau’s staging of Elektra, three of the late director’s collaborators discussed his detailed approach to art, music, theater, and people.
From the Archives: Les Contes d’Hoffmann at the Met
Jacques Offenbach’s kaleidoscopic opera has a Met legacy boasting numerous outstanding artists who have portrayed the hapless title poet and his lost loves and nemeses.
A Grand Tosca
“There’s a certain grandeur that needs to be onstage.” Sir David McVicar discusses his monumental production of Puccini’s Tosca, which premiered at the Met on New Year’s Eve, 2017.
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.
Resources from the Met’s education department are available for many of the operas featured in this streaming series. Designed for use in the classroom, they are perfect for parents whose kids are now learning from home, or for anyone who’d like to know more about opera.
Mad About the Girl
In his elegant and insightful production, director Willy Decker explores why audiences have adored the heroine of La Traviata for more than a century and a half.
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.
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.
Susan Stroman’s production of The Merry Widow opened on New Year’s Eve 2014, with Renée Fleming in the title role. Before the premiere, star and director spoke about the enduring charms of Lehár’s enchanting operetta.
Aria Code: Offenbach’s Les Contes d’Hoffmann
Dive into the details of Hoffmann’s aria “Ô Dieu! de quelle ivresse” with tenor Matthew Polenzani and host Rhiannon Giddens in this episode of our Aria Code podcast, a collaboration with WQXR.
Each stream becomes available at 7:30 p.m. EDT and remains accessible for on-demand viewing until 6:30 p.m. the following day.
Saturday, April 25
More than 40 leading artists perform in a live stream from their homes around the world.