Nightly Opera Streams, May 31–June 6
Aria Code: The Operas Behind the Podcast
This week of free streams showcases some of the operatic masterpieces explored in Aria Code, our insightful and entertaining podcast created in collaboration with WQXR. Enjoy popular Live in HD performances featuring some of the Met’s biggest stars, and then listen to the related episodes of Aria Code below, featuring insights from the artists. A full schedule for the week is available at the bottom of this page.
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This week of free streams showcases some of the operatic masterpieces featured in Aria Code, our insightful and entertaining podcast created in collaboration with WQXR. Learn more with this guide.
Aria Code Episodes
Listen to episodes of Aria Code related to each of this week’s free streams.
Aria Code: “Nessun dorma” from Puccini’s Turandot
Met Music Director Yannick Nézet-Séguin explores one of the great operatic anthems of hope, “Nessun dorma” from Puccini’s Turandot.
Aria Code: “In questa reggia” from Puccini's Turandot
Dive into the details of Turandot’s fearsome “In questa reggia” with soprano Christine Goerke.
Aria Code: Samson et Dalila
Mezzo-soprano Elīna Garanča discusses Dalila’s signature aria “Mon coeur s’ouvre a ta voix” from Saint-Saëns’s Samson et Dalila.
Aria Code: Carmen
Tenor Roberto Alagna explores Don José’s devastating Flower Song from Bizet's Carmen.
Aria Code: Donizetti’s La Fille du Régiment
Learn more about Tonio’s spectacular aria “Ah! Mes amis ... Pour mon âme” and its parade of high Cs with tenor Javier Camarena.
Aria Code: Porgy and Bess
Host Rhiannon Giddens explores the enduring legacy of the Gershwins' Porgy and Bess in an episode of our Aria Code podcast.
Aria Code: Verdi’s Macbeth
Explore Lady Macbeth’s legendary sleepwalking scene with soprano Anna Netrebko.
Aria Code: Philip Glass’s Akhnaten
Dive into the details of the visionary pharaoh Akhnaten’s ecstatic Hymn to the Sun with countertenor Anthony Roth Costanzo and host Rhiannon Giddens in this episode of our Aria Code podcast, a collaboration with WQXR.
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.
The Met’s new production of Porgy and Bess was a sold-out sensation, thanks in no small part to its choreographer Camille A. Brown, a native New Yorker whose work has also dazzled on Broadway and national television.
Drop Dead Sexy
In Richard Eyre’s production of Bizet’s masterpiece, which premiered during the 2009–10 season, Carmen’s life-or-death quest for freedom is driven by sex.
Thus Spake Kathleen Turner
Before appearing in the 2019 revival of La Fille di Régiment, legendary actress Kathleen Turner discussed making her operatic debut in Donizetti’s hilarious comedy.
Akhnaten Grows in Brooklyn
Shortly before the Met premiere of Glass’s Akhnaten, its star Anthony Roth Costanzo joined with the Brooklyn Youth Chorus, Mannes Orchestra, and Gandini Juggling to perform excerpts at the Brooklyn Museum.
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.
Porgy and Bess at the Schomburg Center
In January 2020, cast members of the Met’s hit new production of Porgy and Bess—including bass-baritone Eric Owens and choreographer Camille A. Brown—came together for a fascinating conversation moderated by Terrance McKnight.
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.
Becoming Lady Macbeth
In 2014, Anna Netrebko made her sensational Met role debut as Lady Macbeth. In this backstage interview from the Live in HD transmission, host Anita Rachvelishvili asks the soprano about her approach to the fiery antiheroine.
Take a peek behind the scenes in this time-lapse video documenting the Met scenic shop’s work on an enormous set piece for Darko Tresnjak’s 2018 production of Samson et Dalila.
Here Comes the Sun
The 2019–20 season saw the company premiere of Philip Glass’s transcendental Akhnaten, which starred countertenor Anthony Roth Costanzo as the enigmatic title pharaoh who radically transformed ancient Egyptian society.
Something Wicked This Way Comes
The Met’s compelling production of Verdi’s Macbeth is infused with the Shakespearean expertise of director Adrian Noble, onetime leader of Britain’s Royal Shakespeare Company.
Back to the Future
Before the curtain went up on their new production of Samson et Dalila, director Darko Tresnjak, set designer Alexander Dodge, and costume designer Linda Cho discussed collaborating on more than 50 productions and making their Met debuts together.
Black Voices at the Met
Our exhibition chronicling the extensive contributions made by African American artists at the Met and the decades-long struggle for racial equality at the nation's leading opera company—originally installed in the opera house in connection with the 2019 new production of Porgy and Bess—is now available in digital format.
From the Archives: Macbeth at the Met
Based on one of the Bard’s eeriest plays, Verdi’s grim tragedy has courted controversy and scandal from even before its 1959 Met premiere.
When James Robinson’s new production of the Gershwins’ Porgy and Bess opened the Met’s 2019–20 season, it marked the latest chapter in the endlessly fascinating journey of what many believe is our nation’s greatest homegrown opera.
Music in the Air
One of the most memorable aspects of Phelim McDermott’s production of Akhnaten, created in collaboration with the pioneering theater group Improbable, is its incorporation of mesmerizing juggling, designed by choreographer and juggling master Sean Gandini, which seems to make Philip Glass’s music appear before your very eyes.
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.
La Fille du Régiment Illustrated Synopsis
Follow along with this week’s stream of La Fille du Régiment with a graphic-novel version of the synopsis—perfect for younger opera lovers.
Monday, May 31
Starring Christine Goerke, Eleonora Buratto, Yusif Eyvazov, and James Morris, conducted by Yannick Nézet-Séguin. Production by Franco Zeffirelli. From October 12, 2019.
Tuesday, June 1
Saint-Saëns’s Samson et Dalila
Starring Elīna Garanča, Roberto Alagna, Laurent Naouri, Elchin Azizov, and Dmitry Belosselskiy, conducted by Sir Mark Elder. Production by Darko Tresnjak. From October 20, 2018.
Wednesday, June 2
Starring Aleksandra Kurzak, Clémentine Margaine, Roberto Alagna, and Alexander Vinogradov, conducted by Louis Langrée. Production by Sir Richard Eyre. From February 2, 2019.
Thursday, June 3
Donizetti’s La Fille du Régiment
Starring Pretty Yende, Stephanie Blythe, Kathleen Turner, Javier Camarena, and Maurizio Muraro, conducted by Enrique Mazzola. Production by Laurent Pelly. From March 2, 2019.
Friday, June 4
The Gershwins’ Porgy and Bess
Starring Angel Blue, Golda Schultz, Latonia Moore, Denyce Graves, Frederick Ballentine, Eric Owens, Alfred Walker, and Donovan Singletary, conducted by David Robertson. Production by James Robinson. From February 1, 2020.
Sunday, June 6
Philip Glass’s Akhnaten
Starring Dísella Lárusdóttir, J’Nai Bridges, Anthony Roth Costanzo, Aaron Blake, Will Liverman, Richard Bernstein, and Zachary James, conducted by Karen Kamensek. Production by Phelim McDermott. From November 23, 2019.