Nightly Opera Streams, May 24–30
Discover a treasure trove of lesser-performed operatic gems in this week of free streams. 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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Discover a treasure trove of lesser-performed operatic gems with the next week of free Nightly Opera Streams. Learn more with this guide.
View the Playbills from the original performance dates for each stream, including synopses, program notes, and more.
Theater of the Absurd
Based on Gogol, Shostakovich’s The Nose relates the satirical story of a man who wakes up one morning to discover his nose has disappeared. In this discussion, General Manager Peter Gelb speaks with artist and director William Kentridge about absurdism.
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.
Music and Lyrics
As she prepared to star as Countess Madeleine in a revival of Strauss’s Capriccio in 2011, Renée Fleming discussed why she loves singing the composer’s music.
Director Dmitri Tcherniakov spent countless hours poring over scores, research, and other historical documents to piece together a new vision of Borodin’s Prince Igor in 2014.
Mezzo-soprano Joyce DiDonato, who sang Elena in the Met premiere of Rossini’s La Donna del Lago, discusses the challenges and rewards of the art of bel canto.
From the Archives: Thaïs at the Met
Something of a rarity on the Met stage, Massenet’s Thaïs features one of opera’s most alluring and show-stopping heroines—it is a role that has been assumed by some of history’s most celebrated divas.
Thaïs is “a great star,” says Renée Fleming, who brought Massenet’s beguiling heroine to the Met stage in 2008.
Nun Shall Pass
Go behind the scenes of the creation of Bartlett Sher’s Met-premiere staging of Rossini’s whimsical comedy Le Comte Ory.
On The Nose
In the world of Shostakovich’s The Nose, as conceived by William Kentridge, body parts vanish and turn up as public officials, Anna Pavlova dances with a giant nose on her head, and life is ruled by what the director calls “an absurd logic.”
Fields of Poppies
Director Dmitri Tcherniakov outlines the epic story of Borodin’s Prince Igor, which graced the Met stage for the first time in nearly a century in 2014, and discusses his quest to bring greater awareness to Russian opera.
Lady of the Lake
Part love triangle, part political drama, and packed throughout with vocal fireworks, La Donna del Lago is Rossini’s romantic retelling of Sir Walter Scott’s epic poem The Lady of the Lake. Hear from director Paul Curran about his atmospheric production.
Bartlett Sher on Le Comte Ory
The director of the Met’s vivacious staging of Rossini’s Le Comte Ory discusses his take on the opera in this video looking forward to the production’s 2011 premiere.
Tuesday, May 25
Borodin’s Prince Igor
Starring Oksana Dyka, Anita Rachvelishvili, Sergey Semishkur, Ildar Abdrazakov, Mikhail Petrenko, and Štefan Kocán, conducted by Gianandrea Noseda. Production by Dmitri Tcherniakov. From March 1, 2014.
Wednesday, May 26
Rossini’s La Donna del Lago
Starring Joyce DiDonato, Daniela Barcellona, Juan Diego Flórez, John Osborn, and Oren Gradus, conducted by Michele Mariotti. Production by Paul Curran. From March 14, 2015.
Friday, May 28
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, May 29
Starring Renée Fleming, Sarah Connolly, Joseph Kaiser, Russell Braun, Morten Frank Larsen, and Peter Rose, conducted by Sir Andrew Davis. Production by John Cox. From April 23, 2011.
Sunday, May 30
Rossini’s Le Comte Ory
Starring Diana Damrau, Joyce DiDonato, Susanne Resmark, Juan Diego Flórez, Stéphane Degout, and Michele Pertusi, conducted by Maurizio Benini. Production by Bartlett Sher. From April 9, 2011.