Nightly Opera Streams, June 14–20
Happy Father’s Day!
Celebrate Dad with a week of free streams exploring the many facets of operatic fatherhood. The star-studded lineup features memorable performances from Luciano Pavarotti, Dmitri Hvorostovsky, Matthew Polenzani, and many more audience favorites. A full schedule for the week is available at the bottom of this page.
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Celebrate Dad with a week of free streams exploring the many facets of operatic fatherhood. Explore the full lineup with this guide.
View the Playbills from the original performance dates for each stream, including synopses, program notes, and more.
Yannick Nézet-Séguin, Roberto Alagna, and Peter Gelb in Conversation
In April 2020, Met Music Director Yannick Nézet-Séguin and tenor Roberto Alagna joined General Manager Peter Gelb for a virtual panel discussion about Verdi’s Don Carlo and their personal and musical lives during the pandemic.
Remembering Dmitri Hvorostovsky
The extraordinary and beloved Russian baritone Dmitri Hvorostovsky, who died in 2017, is featured in this week’s stream of Verdi’s La Traviata.
This Magic Moment
Mozart masterfully and simultaneously reveals the turbulent and conflicting emotions of his leading characters in this Act III quartet from Idomeneo.
Rise of the Machine
The 45-ton “machine” at the center of Robert Lepage’s staging of Wagner’s Ring took quite a journey to return to the Met stage in spring 2019.
Lawrence Tibbett—The Met’s First Boccanegra
When the Met staged Verdi’s Simon Boccanegra for the first time in 1932, the company relied on one of its finest singers and actors to portray the all-important title role—American baritone Lawrence Tibbett.
Aria Code: Rigoletto
In this podcast episode, soprano Nadine Sierra and host Rhiannon Giddens discuss the overwhelming emotions of young love and dive into the details of Gilda’s breathtaking Act I aria, “Caro nome.”
Celebrating Renata Scotto
In more than 300 Met performances, great Italian soprano Renata Scotto, who stars in this week’s stream of Verdi’s Luisa Miller, riveted audiences with her idiomatic singing and powerful acting.
Die Walküre: In Focus
The quest for the all-powerful ring continues with the second installment of Wagner’s Der Ring des Nibelungen. Learn more about Die Walküre with our In Focus podcast.
From the Archives: Luisa Miller at the Met
Verdi’s lesser-known masterpiece had its Met premiere in 1929 with the remarkable Rosa Ponselle in the title role, then disappeared from the company’s repertoire until 1968. Since then, it has received nearly 100 performances with a number of noteworthy artists.
Offering access to more than 700 complete performances of more than 150 operas, Met Opera on Demand allows subscribers to sift through 85 years of company history—including a dozen performances of La Traviata.
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.
Love Is a Battlefield
Before taking on the warrior-maiden Brünnhilde—whose heroism, sacrifice, and discovery of love make her the heart of Wagner’s epic Ring cycle—Christine Georke spoke about bringing one of opera’s most compelling characters to life.
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
Verdi at the Met
The operas of Giuseppe Verdi have been performed around 5,700 times at the Metropolitan Opera, more than those of any other composer by a wide margin.
Leitmotifs in Wagner’s Ring
Wagner’s use and development of musical themes known as leitmotifs create a symbolic undercurrent of meaning throughout the Ring cycle. In this video, members of the Met Orchestra play and discuss some of the themes.
Nothing Like a Dame
A Met staffer looks back on his discovery of opera through the bewitching voice of soprano Kiri Te Kanawa, who stars in this week’s streams of Strauss’s Der Rosenkavalier and Arabella.
From the Archives: Don Carlo at the Met
Verdi’s Don Carlo is today widely considered one of the composer’s finest achievements, but it was not always so. Learn about the opera’s long road to recognition at the Met.
Throwing herself wholly into every role she played, French soprano Natalie Dessay was one of the Met’s most magnetic artists for nearly two decades.
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.
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.
Monday, June 14
Verdi’s Simon Boccanegra
Starring Kiri Te Kanawa, Plácido Domingo, Vladimir Chernov, and Robert Lloyd, conducted by James Levine. Production by Giancarlo Del Monaco. From January 26, 1995.
Tuesday, June 15
Wagner’s Die Walküre
Starring Christine Goerke, Eva-Maria Westbroek, Jamie Barton, Stuart Skelton, Greer Grimsley, and Günther Groissböck, conducted by Philippe Jordan. Production by Robert Lepage. From March 30, 2019.
Thursday, June 17
tarring Elza van den Heever, Nadine Sierra, Alice Coote, Matthew Polenzani, and Alan Opie, conducted by James Levine. Production by Jean-Pierre Ponnelle. From March 25, 2017.
Friday, June 18
Starring Christiane Eda-Pierre, Isola Jones, Luciano Pavarotti, Louis Quilico, and Ara Berberian, conducted by James Levine. Production by John Dexter. From December 15, 1981.
Saturday, June 19
Verdi’s Don Carlo
Starring Marina Poplavskaya, Anna Smirnova, Roberto Alagna, Simon Keenlyside, Ferruccio Furlanetto, and Eric Halfvarson, conducted by Yannick Nézet-Séguin. Production by Nicholas Hytner. From December 11, 2010.
Sunday, June 20
Verdi’s Luisa Miller
Starring Renata Scotto, Plácido Domingo, Sherrill Milnes, Bonaldo Giaiotti, and James Morris, conducted by James Levine. Production by Nathaniel Merrill. From January 20, 1979.