Nightly Opera Streams, June 21–June 27
In celebration of Pride Month, we’re paying tribute to just a handful of the extraordinary LGBTQ+ composers, singers, conductors, and directors who have shared their artistry with Met audiences. You can also 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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In celebration of Pride Month, we’re paying tribute to just a handful of the extraordinary LGBTQ+ composers, singers, conductors, and directors who have shared their artistry with Met audiences. Dive into the full lineup with this guide.
View the Playbills from the original performance dates for each stream, including synopses, program notes, and more.
Yannick: An Artist’s Journey
This summer, the Met will unveil a new documentary from filmmaker Susan Froemke that follows the company’s Music Director, Yannick Nézet-Séguin, from ten-year-old budding conductor to the pinnacle of the opera world.
Thomas Adès and His Angel
Live in HD host Nadine Sierra chats backstage with composer Thomas Adès about his stunning and surreal opera The Exterminating Angel, along with two of the production’s stars, Amanda Echalaz and Joseph Kaiser.
Stirring the Pot
In this excerpt from Act I of Dvořák’s Rusalka, streamed this week, mezzo-soprano Jamie Barton plays the witch Ježibaba, who is preparing a potion for Rusalka to drink.
Remembering Benjamin Britten
Friends and colleagues of the great English composer reflect on his incomparable musical legacy.
Joyce DiDonato and Sir David McVicar Rehearse Maria Stuarda
Director Sir David McVicar and mezzo-soprano Joyce DiDonato rehearse a scene from Act I of Donizetti’s Maria Stuarda, streamed this week, and discuss the work with host Deborah Voigt.
Art and Love
Soprano Patricia Racette sings the celebrated, heartrending aria “Vissi d’arte” from Act II of Puccini’s Tosca, streamed this week.
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.
Michael Fabiano as Alfredo in La Traviata
Tenor Michael Fabiano sings Alfredo’s Act II cabaletta “O mio rimorso” from Verdi’s La Traviata, streamed this week.
Yannick Nézet-Séguin on Becoming Music Director
Maestro Yannick Nézet-Séguin spoke with Met General Manager Peter Gelb about taking the musical reins of the Metropolitan Opera with the beginning in the 2018–19 season.
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.
Billy Budd: “This Is Our Moment”
In this Act II excerpt from the 1997 telecast of Britten’s Billy Budd, streamed for the first time this week, the men of the HMS Indomitable prepare for battle.
When searching for an instrument to give voice to the imprisoning force that traps a group of chic dinner guests in The Exterminating Angel, composer Thomas Adès settled upon an early electronic instrument from the 1920s.
Donizetti’s Tudor Queens at the Met
The revival of the bel canto repertoire that began in the mid–20th century was late in coming to the Met, but the company has made up for lost time in recent years, including with important productions of Donizetti’s three operas based on the lives of Anne Boleyn, Mary Stuart, and Elizabeth I.
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.
Checking in with Yannick
In advance of his second season as Met Music Director—which saw him lead performances of Berg’s Wozzeck and Puccini’s Turandot—Yannick Nézet-Séguin spoke about adding these 20th-century masterpieces to his company repertoire.
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.
The Tosca Timeline
The Met has presented nearly 1,000 performances of Puccini’s Tosca, starting with the work’s U.S. premiere in 1901. Explore the opera’s fascinating history at the Met.
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.
Thomas Adès and Tom Cairns on Exterminating Angel
Composer Thomas Adès’s discusses how Luis Buñuel’s surrealist film—both fairytale and horror story, mixing the macabre and the dreamlike—inspired his music, and director and librettist Tom Cairns explores the enigmatic plot.
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.
McVicar on Maria Stuarda
Director Sir David McVicar describes his romantic staging of Donizetti’s Maria Stuarda, an opera that crackles with drama and features a cataclysmic confrontation between two queens.
Monday, June 21
Thomas Adès’s The Exterminating Angel
Starring Audrey Luna, Amanda Echalaz, Sally Matthews, Sophie Bevan, Alice Coote, Christine Rice, Iestyn Davies, Joseph Kaiser, Frédéric Antoun, David Portillo, David Adam Moore, Rod Gilfry, Kevin Burdette, Christian Van Horn, and Sir John Tomlinson, conducted by Thomas Adès. Production by Tom Cairns. From November 18, 2017.
Tuesday, June 22
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.
Wednesday, June 23
Donizetti’s Maria Stuarda
Starring Elza van den Heever, Joyce DiDonato, Matthew Polenzani, Joshua Hopkins, and Matthew Rose, conducted by Maurizio Benini. Production by Sir David McVicar. From January 19, 2013.
Friday, June 25
Starring Christine Goerke, Eleonora Buratto, Yusif Eyvazov, and James Morris, conducted by Yannick Nézet-Séguin. Production by Franco Zeffirelli. From October 12, 2019.
Sunday, June 27
Verdi’s La Traviata
Starring Sonya Yoncheva, Michael Fabiano, and Thomas Hampson, conducted by Nicola Luisotti. Production by Willy Decker. From March 11, 2017.