Nightly Opera Streams, July 19–25
Final Week: Viewers’ Choice
After 70 weeks, 112 different operas, and more than 21.2 million views from 152 countries, our series of free Nightly Opera Streams reaches its grand finale. Enjoy one last week of exceptional performances, specially chosen by viewers. 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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After 70 weeks, 112 different operas, and 21.2 million people tuning in from 152 countries, our series of free Nightly Opera Streams reaches its grand finale—with a week of exceptional performances chosen by viewers. Explore the full lineup with this guide.
View the Playbills from the original performance dates for each stream, including synopses, program notes, and more.
Aria Code: Les Contes d'Hoffmann
In the latest episode of our Aria Code podcast, created in collaboration with WQXR, soprano Erin Morley and host Rhiannon Giddens dive into the dizzying Doll Song from Offenbach's Les Contes d'Hoffmann.
Remembering Dmitri Hvorostovsky
The extraordinary and beloved Russian baritone Dmitri Hvorostovsky, who died in 2017, appears in this week’s streams of Un Ballo in Maschera and Il Trovatore. Learn more about his celebrated Met career and watch highlights from all of his Live in HD performances.
Dive into Les Pêcheurs de Perles
Penny Woolcock’s spectacular production of Bizet’s Les Pêcheurs de Perles, which premiered in 2015, enlisted projection designers and acrobats to conjure the opera’s evocative aquatic setting. Learn more about the stunning diving sequences in this behind-the-scenes video.
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.
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.
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.
One of opera’s greatest voices, Dolora Zajick has delivered knockout Met performances of many of the repertory’s most dramatic mezzo-soprano roles over the past three decades.
Soprano Erin Morley, who sings the automaton Olympia in this week’s stream of Offenbach’s Les Contes d’Hoffmann, made a splash in the At-Home Gala last year with her self-accompanied tour-de-force performance of an aria from Donizetti’s La Fille du Régiment.
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.
Songs of the Sea
Bizet’s melody-rich Les Pêcheurs de Perles returned to the Met repertory for the first time in 100 years during the 2015–16 season, in a sumptuous production by Penny Woolcock.
Vulnerability and Strength
Teresa Stratas, who sings Nedda in this week’s stream of Leoncavallo’s Pagliacci, enjoyed a Met career spanning more than three decades. Read more about this fascinating and elusive artist.
Two of a Kind
Take a look at some of the great Met tenors who have thrilled audiences with their signature portrayals of Turiddu in Cavalleria Rusticana and Canio in Pagliacci.
In the Met’s 1998 telecast of Mozart’s Le Nozze di Figaro, mezzo-soprano Cecilia Bartoli interpolated two of Mozart’s rarely heard alternate arias into her performance as the scheming maid Susanna. Listen to her jaunty rendition of “Un moto di gioia” in Act II.
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.
Diana Damrau, who starred as Leïla in the 2015 premiere of Penny Woolcock’s production of Les Pêcheurs de Perles, explains why Bizet’s heroine is stronger than she seems.
Honoring Franco Zeffirelli
During the 2008 Live in HD transmission of Puccini's La Bohème, streamed this week, the celebrated director and designer Franco Zeffirelli was honored in an onstage presentation. This short video also includes excerpts from all his Met productions and comments from Zeffirelli himself.
From the Archives: Le Nozze di Figaro at the Met
Though a rarity on the Met stage in the company’s early decades, Mozart’s masterpiece of comedy and social commentary has been a cornerstone of the Met repertory for the past 80 years, brought to life by a parade of great singers and conductors.
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.
Into the Fire
In Sir David McVicar’s 2009 staging, Verdi’s Il Trovatore reclaimed its place as a dramatic—not just musical—masterwork.
Light and Dark
With his 2012 production of Un Ballo in Maschera, set in a cinematic Swedish atmosphere, director David Alden aimed to integrate the stylistic paradoxes of Verdi’s endlessly intriguing opera.
Final Week: Viewers’ Choice
Monday, July 19
Mozart’s Le Nozze di Figaro
Starring Renée Fleming, Cecilia Bartoli, Susanne Mentzer, Dwayne Croft, and Bryn Terfel, conducted by James Levine. Production by Jonathan Miller. From November 11, 1998.
Tuesday, July 20
Mascagni’s Cavalleria Rusticana and Leoncavallo’s Pagliacci
Starring Tatiana Troyanos, Jean Kraft, Plácido Domingo, and Vern Shinall; Teresa Stratas, Plácido Domingo, Sherrill Milnes, and Allan Monk, conducted by James Levine. Production by Franco Zeffirelli. From April 5, 1978.
Wednesday, July 21
Bizet’s Les Pêcheurs de Perles
Starring Diana Damrau, Matthew Polenzani, Mariusz Kwiecień, and Nicolas Testé, conducted by Gianandrea Noseda. Production by Penny Woolcock. From January 16, 2016.
Thursday, July 22
Offenbach’s Les Contes d’Hoffmann
Starring Erin Morley, Hibla Gerzmava, Kate Lindsey, Christine Rice, Vittorio Grigolo, and Thomas Hampson, conducted by Yves Abel. Production by Bartlett Sher. From January 31, 2015.
Friday, July 23
Donizetti’s La Fille du Régiment
Starring Natalie Dessay, Felicity Palmer, Juan Diego Flórez,
and Alessandro Corbelli, conducted by Marco Armiliato. Production by Laurent Pelly. From April 26, 2008.
Sunday, July 25
Verdi’s Un Ballo in Maschera
Starring Sondra Radvanovsky, Kathleen Kim, Stephanie Blythe, Marcelo Álvarez, and Dmitri Hvorostovsky, conducted by Fabio Luisi. Production by David Alden. From December 8, 2012.